Donald Trump and Miss Universe Organization Win $5 Million

Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin made a claim back in June that a fellow pageant contestant had seen a list of the top five Miss USA winners prior to them being announced. Monnin went public with this information saying that the pageant was “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy.”

Donald Trump being Donald fired back immediately, suing on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization, filing an arbitration action in New York.

The U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz said that “the method in which the Miss USA Pageant is judged… precludes any reasonable possibility that the judging was rigged.” The Miss Universe Organization was awarded $5 million in damages after it was ruled that Monnin defamed the pageant and organization.

Trump stated, “Going to arbitration was the appropriate action to take under the circumstances, and while I feel very badly for Sheena, she did the wrong thing. She was really nasty, and we had no choice. It is an expensive lesson for her.”

Blair Stover says that Monnin’s statements were labeled as “defamatory”, “false”, and “showed reckless disregard.”

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