Credit: Walter Sassard/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC. Photo: Angelea on America's Next Top Model Cycle 17, Episode 12

As we originally reported last week, a freelance talent management group contacted Wetpaint Entertainment to announce that Angelea Preston from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 17: All-Stars would be holding a press conference on December 10th.

However, we later learned through Angelea’s new management team, Model Management Group, that the press conference was never authorized by Angelea’s new team and might have been a case of miscommunication.

In an effort to learn more about what exactly happened with Angelea’s disqualification, we spoke to Jeff Cohen, President of Model Management Group in New York, to get a more veritable side of the story:

Wetpaint Entertainment: Is there any truth to the rumor that Angelea may have been disqualified for announcing her win using social media?

Jeff Cohen: She would never... She's a smart person. She would never post anything that would disqualify. That was her second season, she knew way better than that. We just somehow have to get her able to talk to an attorney who can advise her on her rights, as soon as possible.

What is Angelea’s current state of mind?

Angelea's an extremely intelligent person who is very well-balanced so obviously she's not happy that anything happened, that would cause them to have to disqualify her. But she's a strong person, and she is just looking forward to getting her career back on line. And making sure that people don't think that anything improper was done. We don't know what the infraction was.

What happened with the press conference?

There was never a press conference on Saturday. Angelea's a freelance model and one of the freelance people that she worked with must have released to the press that there would be a press conference. But she had no idea that was done, nor did she authorize it. Everybody ran with it. I was one of the most shocked, and so I called her to ask if it was true, and she said no. And I asked her if she wanted me to let people know, and she said yes.

What are you advising her to do next?

Well, I doubt very much that she can just sit there and allow people to speculate that she was removed for something. It can be a very minor issue or a very big issue. People have no idea. I'm seeing all different kind of posts. You want to make sure that your name is clean and that people know what the reasons are. Again, as to when whatever happened happened, we have to find out, whether or not it was something [the CW] knew from the start. We're just in that collection information stage. There are a lot of rules as to what someone can say, any conversations, we have advisers looking at what can be done and not done. Nobody wants to violate any rules, but at the same time, there might be things that she can do.

Sometime in the future when everything is figured out, she'll make a statement.

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