The beauty queen who resigned after alleging that the Miss USA pageant had been fixed is shocked by an arbitrator’s ruling that she must pay the Miss Universe organization $5 million for defamation.
Former Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin said she will contest the ruling, but she’s also considering other options.
Arbitrator Theodore Katz says Monnin’s allegations that finalists had been selected in advance to create a fixed environment in the pageant were false, harmful and malicious.
Katz also stated that the allegations had cost the organization a $5 million fee from a potential 2013 sponsor.
Monnin points to a Miss USA contract clause giving top pageant officials the power to pick the top five finalists and the winner, but a company official calls that a catch-all that’s never been used.
Earlier this year, Monnin claimed that another contestant saw the names of the top 5 on a telecast paper in the same order in which they were called out. That contestant, Karina Brez, later said she had made her comment jokingly.
Monnin resigned by the pageant following a storm of allegations that the organization Top 5 list of contestants were fixed.
“I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever (sic) moral fiber of my being,” the Beauty Queen stated.