US beauty queen defamed pageant

Last updated 11:22 19/12/2012
Sheena Monnin
Getty Images
BROKE BEAUTY QUEEN: Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin competing in the 2012 Miss USA pageant.

Relevant offers

World

Scottish independence: 'No' campaign ahead Ukraine ratifies EU deal; olive branch to rebels From military prison, Chelsea Manning offers punditry on Iraq US Congress debate plan to fight IS rebels Former Nazi, 93, faces 300,000 Auschwitz murder charges Mexico to airlift tourists after Hurricane Odile Family sues Samoa over Hans Dalton's prison death Scottish expats excluded from independence vote While you slept: Shooting, croc suicide, celeb baby Scotland independence vote: The idiot's guide

A contestant who claimed the Miss USA contest was fixed has been ordered to pay the pageant US$5 million (NZ$5.93 million) for defamation.

In a decision signed last week, an arbitrator found that Sheena Monnin's comments were false, harmful and malicious. Monnin was Miss Pennsylvania USA.

The arbitrator says there's no reasonable possibility the judging was rigged.

Monnin did not participate in the arbitration. Her lawyer's office said there was no comment.

The arbitrator says Monnin was disgruntled about not making it past the preliminary rounds. He also says she objected to the pageant's decision to allow transgender contestants.

Monnin resigned as Miss Pennsylvania USA after the pageant.

The arbitrator says her allegations on Facebook and NBC's Today show cost the pageant $US5 million from a potential 2013 sponsor.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content