Defamation action filed over Miss USA rigging claim
(Reuters) – The Miss Universe Organization yesterday launched a legal action for defamation against a beauty queen who said recent Miss USA pageant results were rigged.
The group that runs the Miss Universe and Miss USA contests, which is co-owned by celebrity businessman Donald Trump, said it was seeking damages against Sheena Monnin, who resigned her Miss Pennsylvania crown earlier this week.
“The Miss Universe Organization has filed legal action against Sheena Monnin in accordance with its official contract. The Miss Universe Organization intends on pursuing all of its legal rights and remedies, including monetary damages, against Ms Monnin for her ongoing defamatory statements,” the organization said in a statement.
Monnin, 27, quit the group on Monday saying a fellow contestant in Sunday’s Miss USA pageant had seen a list containing the names of the top five girls hours before the show had begun. Trump shot back on U.S. television, saying Monnin’s assertion was “ridiculous” and suggesting she was a poor loser after failing to place in the top 16 at the Miss USA pageant.