“America’s Next Top Model” Casts Homophobic Emory Student With Violent Anti-Gay Past

1932440_249733945199670_1447785868_nThe model contestants that will form the Cycle 21 cast of America’s Next Top Model were announced by the CW Network this week in a voting gallery posted online.

Fans of the modeling reality competition are being encouraged to vote for their favorite contestants throughout production (now), and the series is set to air early this summer.

A source tells Queerty that new cast member Adam Smith, the “brand new” model and 26-year-old frat boy from Memphis, is the same Adam Smith that made headlines in 2010 for forcibly dragging a gay Emory student out of a party and calling him a “faggot.”

We first reported the incident in October 2010. According to reports, Adam was highly intoxicated at a Sigma Nu fraternity party he was hosting off-campus. He dragged a gay student out of the party “by the neck” for wearing a wizard hat:

The student remembers:

“At first, when I walked into the party, some people were taking pictures of me and appreciating, if you will, what I was wearing,” he said. About half an hour later, however, another attendee — confirmed by multiple witnesses as recent alum Adam Smith (’10C) — took the student’s wizard hat and began questioning him. “This guy approached me and asked why I was wearing my hat. … I said that I like the hat, just as you like your pink shirt. He then asked me if I was gay, and I said I was. He then started choking me with his elbow and put me into a head lock, and he dragged me out of the party by my neck.” After the student was allegedly dragged the approximately 10 to 15 feet from the house’s common area to the door and thrown onto the front lawn, Smith was overheard telling other attendees “Hey, this kid’s a f****t.”

Adam responded to the allegations a few days later, claiming his motivation for attacking the gay student was “not homophobic“:

“This kid was at the party, and was acting kind of ridiculous. I went over, took his hat and started dancing around,” he said. Smith then said he asked the student: “Why are you wearing this gay ass hat?” According to Smith, the student replied that it was for the “same reason you’re wearing your pink shirt.” Smith said that he then asked if the student was implying that he (Smith) was “f***ing gay or something.” Receiving an affirmative reaction, Smith then admitted to putting him in a head lock and ejecting him from the party.

A quick scan of Adam’s Twitter account reveals he is a former Emory lacrosse player and Sigma Nu pledge. Also a “beer pong enthusiast.” The CW Network has yet to confirm if it is the same Adam Smith.

As far as we know, Adam’s only punishment was “a meeting with Dean for Campus Life Bridget Riordan, Director of LGBT Life at Emory Michael Shutt and Director of Greek Life Buck Cooke.”

Watch his delightful casting “plea” below:

And some delightful racist and homophobic tweets to accompany it: