|October 4, 2011|
Previously published by New York Post
"AMERICA'S Most Smartest Model" contestant Andre Birleanu, 25, may be America's most ticked-off model.
The notoriously aggressive contestant of the VH1 show, which tests flighty models on their brains and their brawn, told Page Six that the cable network is responsible for "destroying" him.
Birleanu was arrested Oct. 25 after two women claimed he molested them at Cipriani Downtown. He said VH1 has instructed him not to respond to the allegations.
Birleanu's lawyer, Ryan Blanch, called the claims against his client "a conspiracy" and said, "We have witnesses who will testify and clear his name in court, and prove these allegations are entirely unfounded."
The Moscow-born Boss model is still miffed at VH1, however, and told us he wants out of his contract - which expires in July - immediately.
Birleanu griped, "VH1 has not allowed me to comment to the press or to clear my name. They tell me not to say anything, but then they don't stand up for me."
He said that the bad press has already cost him some high-profile modeling gigs. "I lost a billboard campaign in the middle of Times Square for South Pole. I lost a photo shoot with Target, and a Calvin Klein ad . . . it has been terrible for my career," he grumbled.
Birleanu, who's known for getting in heated arguments on "America's Most Smartest Model" and boasting of his superiority over other contestants, said he didn't mind the attention from the papers and paparazzi during his court appearance. "I am a model," he said. "I love the pictures. But VH1 needs to release me from my contract now - I am hot now.
"I had a great career before the show, and now I am losing a lot because of VH1. I made them money and they destroyed me."
Birleanu is also upset that VH1 asked him not to come to a wrap party for the show tomorrow in Los Angeles in light of his arrest. "It is a party for me, and they told me I can not come," he said.
A VH1 spokesperson responded, "That's funny. We thought the party was for Sunday's season finale - not him."
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