Donald Trump has won his court battle against former Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 as an arbitrator ruled in his favor. As a result, Sheena Monnin will have to pay the sum of $5 million to Trump. The New York Post reported that Monnin resigned her title and duties after she publicly alleged that the Miss USA 2012 pageant was rigged.
Usually, contestants who do not win the Miss USA contest will take losing in a manner that stays away from comments that can be damaging to the contest and themselves. By engaging in those types of comments, the individual could end up harming her public image as well as hurting her pocketbook.
Unfortunately for Sheena Monnin, she had to find out the hard way when you make accusations about a contest being rigged; especially one that Donald Trump runs. Monnin competed in this past June’s Miss USA 2012 contest and lost. Instead of continuing to be Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, she decided to resign from her position several days after the Miss USA pageant.
She claimed that the Miss Universe Organization, which is in charge of overseeing Miss USA, is “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.”
She said this because a fellow contestant told her that she had seen a list of the names of what was supposed to be the five winners before they were announced. When those five names were announced during the show’s telecast as being the finalists, Monnin said that was when she decided to resign. She wrote in a Facebook post that, “I knew the show must be rigged.”
However, Trump runs the Miss Universe Organization and refuted her claims as he appeared on “Good Morning America.” He said, “We’re going to be suing her now because she made a charge and she said that it’s fixed, and now it turns out that it wasn’t fixed. She suffers from a thing called loser’s remorse.”
Trump followed through and a decision was signed last week by an arbitrator that decided the comments made by Monnin were false, malicious and harmful.
Theodore Katz, the arbitrator, felt Monnin had two motives for making those comments. The first being “she was a disgruntled contestant who failed to make it past the preliminary competition.”
The other was that she had taken issue with the pageants policy of deciding to admit transgendered contestants. A rep for Miss Universe told E! News that, “In an email to state pageant organizers, she cited the Miss Universe Organization’s policy regarding transgender contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation.” Only afterward did Monnin decide to change her story about the contest being rigged. Katz also said that the way the contest is judged “precludes any reasonable possibility that the judging was rigged.”
Monnin made her allegations on both NBC’s “Today” show and Facebook that cost the pageant a $5 million fee from what was supposed to be a 2013 sponsor, according to Katz. He also said that Monnin had agreed to arbitrate any disputes when she decided to become a Miss USA contestant.
However, Katz wrote in his decision that Monnin and her lawyer, Richard Klineburger III, decided not to participate in the process and claimed they were not required to.
Her lawyer’s office said that they had no comment about the decision.
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