June 8th, 2012 by faye
Business magnate Donald Trump will be filing a lawsuit against Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin after she alleged that the Miss USA 2012 pageant had been rigged.
According to reports, after announcing her resignation on her Facebook account, Sheena Monnin claimed that one of her fellow contestants saw a list of the pageant’s top five girls — even before the show had begun.
Donald Trump told the Today show, “What we’ve authorized today is we’re going to bring a lawsuit. When she’s using the word “fraud”. That’s pretty strong, so we’re going to be suing her on that basis.” Trump, who is also a co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, said that Monnin is just sour graping, and added, “I did see her for about a second. I never felt that she had a chance, and all this is buyer’s remorse.”
Donald Trump also said that an investigation has been carried out regarding Sheena Monnin’s “disgraceful” claims, and there is no evidence of such “top five girls” list before the show begun.
“The person that supposedly showed the list totally denies that that ever took place,” Trump went on. “This is a girl who went there, lost, she wasn’t in the top 15, and she’s angry at the pageant system.”
Meanwhile, Sheena Monnin claimed in her Facebook posts that the unidentified contestant named all five women in the list correctly, even before they were announced on the show. Monnin also added that Miss Universe Organization is “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.”
“I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage,” 27-year-old Sheena Monnin said.
The supposed contestant told Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin that she saw an open folder with a page reading: “FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012” on the morning of the show, together with the names of the top five contestants. Right after the 51 contestants were trimmed down to 16, the woman allegedly told Sheena Monnin what she had seen.
Monnin went on, writing, “I said ‘who do you think they will be?’” She said that she didn’t “think” she “knew” because she saw the list that morning. She relayed whose names were on the list.”
The pageant went on narrowing down the contestants after the swimsuit, evening gown and interview rounds, finally naming the top five. Then Sheena Monnin went on, “After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged; I decided to distance myself from an organization who did not allow fair play and whose morals did not match my own.”
When Miss Georgia, Miss Maryland, Miss Nevada, Miss Rhode Island and Miss Ohio completed the question and answer portion, Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island was crowned the winner of Miss USA 2012.
The Miss Universe Organization denied the allegations thrown at them by Miss Pennsylvania, saying that Sheena Monnin said in an email that she has decided to quit because she was did not agree with the new rules that allowed transgender contestants to take part.
In the resignation email written by Sheena Monnin on Monday and forwarded to MailOnline by Miss Universe Organization, Miss Pennsylvania wrote that she was resigning, saying, “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 moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer.”
After Sheena Monnin posted the allegations on her Facebook account, some of her friends and fans praised her resignation and congratulated her for “taking the high road” and thanking her for telling the truth. However, she was also labelled a bad loser by others, including Miss USA 2010 winner Rima Fakih.
“To Miss Pennsylvania 2012,” Fakih wrote on Twitter. “So you didn’t win or place in Miss USA last night but don’t you dare disrespect my organization! Maybe that’s y u lost.”
The Miss Universe Organization named 20-year-old cellist Olivia Culpo as the winner of Miss USA 2012 after making her point that she embraced all beauty queens, transgender or not, during the interview portion of the pageant.