Niki Taylor has filed a federal lawsuit against the E! channel, claiming the network slandered her and intentionally inflicted emotional distress on her. The suit, filed Friday in US District Court, also alleges fraud, breach of contract, and invasion of privacy.
Taylor claims in her suit that E! approached her manager about being the subject of documentary segment that would chronicle the former swimsuit model's life. The network assured the segment would highlight Taylor's current endeavors such as her business ventures and charity work.
Taylor alleges that E! then perpetrated a bait and switch, instead focusing on her past hardships and personal tragedies, airing the segment as an episode of the reality series Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
"They neglected their journalistic obligations to report truthfully and accurately; they violated express promises they made to the plaintiff, supermodel Niki Taylor; and they demonstrated a reprehensible disregard for the substantial harm their actions would cause to Ms. Taylor," the complaint states.
In 1995, Taylor's younger sister Kristen died of heart dysplasia at the age of 17. In 2001, Niki was seriously injured in a car accident, suffering a collapsed lung and liver damage. After undergoing more than 50 operations and physical therapy, she entered into rehab to fight an addiction to the painkiller Vicodin.
Despite the past, Taylor says things are good now and that E! misrepresented the truth.
"My life is far from a boulevard of broken dreams," Taylor said in a statement.