Trump wins $5 million as damages over Miss USA hopeful's 'fixed and trashy' pageant claims

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 10:10 hrs

In a beauty of a 5 million pound legal win, American business magnate Donald Trump has emerged victorious in his ugly battle with Miss USA hopeful Sheena Monnin, who claimed the pageant was "fixed" and "trashy."

Former Miss Pennsylvania Monnin quit the competition in June, claiming a fellow contestant had seen a list containing the top five winners before they were officially announced.

She had blasted the pageant as "fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy," the New York Post reports.

Following the allegations, Donald fired back saying he was suing on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization, which filed an arbitration action in New York.

According to the paper, a US court ruled that Monnin defamed the Miss Universe Organization, and awarded it 5 million dollars in damages. He found that "the method in which the Miss USA Pageant is judged . . . precludes any reasonable possibility that the judging was rigged," and stated that Monnin's "defamatory" statements "were false" and, "showed a reckless disregard."

Trump called Monnin's actions "disgraceful" and said, "We cannot allow a disgruntled contestant to make false and reckless statements which are damaging to the many people who have devoted their hearts and souls to the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant systems," the paper said.

About Monnin, who failed to secure a spot in the Miss USA semifinals, Trump continued, "She was angry that she lost, she went on the 'Today' show and she said really bad stuff. You can't rig the celebrity judges. Ernst and Young tabulate the results, and they were unbelievably upset about her comments," the paper added. (ANI)

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