Former beauty queen asks court to overturn $5m lawsuit payout to Donald Trump

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 11:30 hrs

A former beauty queen who was ordered to pay 5 million dollars to Donald Trump after accusing his organization of rigging the Miss USA pageant is begging a judge to give her a break.

Ex-Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin pleaded with the court not to "financially devastate" her for the rest of her life, the New York Daily News reported.

Monnin sparked a controversy last June when she claimed that the Miss USA competition was fixed.

She resigned as Miss Pennsylvania and lambasted the pageant as "fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy."

Trump sued Monnin on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant, and asked a New York arbitrator to rule in the dispute.

Last December the arbitrator, a retired federal judge, ruled that Monnin had cost the pageant millions in sponsorship for 2013.

He ordered her to pay 5 million dollars to Trump's organization.

Trump asked a US District Court judge to confirm the award, and the court is currently considering Monnin's declaration Tuesday, which asks for the award to be overturned. (ANI)

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