Teen sues 'Wife Swap' for $100 million, claims was forced to be bratty
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/24/2010
A teenager who appeared on an episode of Wife Swap three years ago is suing over the negative manner she claims she was portrayed on the ABC reality series.
Alicia Guastaferro has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court alleging her Wife Swap stint made her look like a spoiled brat and exposed her to "ridicule, mockery and derision," The New York Postreported Tuesday.
Guastaferro filed the lawsuit against ABC, Disney and Wife Swap's RDF Media production company and is seeking $100 million in damages.
"For their own profit, defendants purposefully, intentionally and knowingly caused severe emotional and psychological harm to a fragile 15-year-old," reads the lawsuit, according to The Post.
The now-18-year-old also claims that "incessant verbal and physical assaults" which she received "from her peers" following the Wife Swap appearance forced the former honor student to finish high school in a special program, The Post reported.
In addition, Guastaferro -- who had previously won the Little Miss Buffalo beauty pageant -- claims that many Wife Swap scenes were scripted, including when she was instructed to pretend to receive a "Christmas present" every morning.
She also alleges in the suit that she was instructed to repeat such lines as "I am the most popular girl in school" during filming.
While Guastaferro added her mom Karen was paid $20,000 for swapping lives with another mom for the episode, she received nothing and was "prohibited and discouraged" due to penalty clauses in her contract.
RDF Media declined comment when contacted by The Post.