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Former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin Loses $5 Million Lawsuit, Claimed Miss USA Was Rigged

| by Michael Allen
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Former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin has lost a $5 million lawsuit to Donald Trump after she claimed the Miss USA pageant was rigged.

Trump co-owns the Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant.

Monnin was a contestant in the Miss USA 2012 pageant, but later claimed that Miss Florida Karina Brez told her the top five women after seeing a list of their names backstage on June 3, 2012, reports the Daily Mail.

After the Miss USA pageant, Monnin resigned from her Miss Pennsylvania position and wrote a Facebook post: "Apparently the morning of June 3rd [Brez] saw a folder lying open to a page that said 'FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012' and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in."

"After the Top 16 were called and we were standing backstage she hesitantly said to me and another contestant that she knew who the Top 5 were. 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. Then we agreed to wait and see if that was indeed the Top 5 called that night. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged."

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Trump sued Monnin over her claim.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of the Miss Universe Organization, awarding it $5 million in damages, so Monnin appealed to the Southern District Court of New York.

Judge Oetken, of the Southern District Court, ruled on July 2 in favor of the Miss Universe Organization.

Judge Oetken wrote: “The Court does not take lightly that Monnin is compelled to pay what is a devastating monetary award. However, sympathy, or apparent inequity, may play no role in a court's legal analysis."

In addition to the $5 million, Monnin must pay $50,000 in legal fees.

"The legal fees for standing for truth amount to over $50,000," Monnin wrote on her Facebook page. "I still need to raise money for my legal defense fund. I would greatly appreciate any and all donations."

Source: Daily Mail and Facebook.com