Despite a $5 million legal judgment against her, it appears Sheena Monnin won’t let her war of words with media mogul Donald Trump go down without a fight.
The Ex-Miss Pennsylvania USA from Cranberry once again took to her Facebook page to express her dissatisfaction with the Miss Universe organization—and this time she said a clause in the organization’s own contract gives credibility to her claim the contest was rigged.
“Since I had no idea that an arbitration hearing had taken place until receiving notification of the judgment made against me, I would like to release an initial response,” she said on her Facebook page Thursday.
Monnin resigned as Miss Pennsylvania in June, just days after the televised Miss USA 2012 pageant took place. She then made a series of statements on her Facebook page claiming the pageant was fixed.
Monnin said a fellow contestant saw a list of the top five women in the pageant before judging began on the show. She also called the organization fraudulent, lacking in morals and trashy.
Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe organization, which runs the Miss USA pageant, took immediate legal action. He also publicly branded Monnin, who did not place in the pageant’s semifinals, a “sore loser.”
In an arbitration decision earlier in December, retired US District Court Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz awarded the Miss Universe Organization $5 million in damages, ruling that Monnin defamed the organization.
On Thursday, Monnin responded to the judge’s decision for the first time.
“When I stated my opinion that the Miss USA pageant was rigged, I was not aware of the clause in the Miss USA contract which says that the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, and others have the legal right to choose the top five and the winner,” she said in a statement on her Facebook page.
“This is irrespective of any publicized selection process. If I would have put aside my excitement of winning the Miss Pennsylvania USA title and taken time to thoroughly read the contract that night before I signed it, I have no doubt that my response would have been the same as when I witnessed Miss Florida’s words come true.
I would have resigned.
By their own words, the Miss Universe Organization’s contract proves the plausibility of my statements.”
Monnin also thanked her family and friends for their support in her statement.
By 8 p.m. Thursday, Monnin’s statements had gotten “219” likes. More than 70 people also left her messages of support on her Facebook page.
What do you think of Monnin’s statements? Do you think it lends plausibility to her claims the pageant is rigged? What do you think of the $5 million arbitration decision? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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