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Miss Pennsylvania is turning in her crown. And right after that, she may be getting sued by the organization's co-owner, Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Trump announced on Good Morning America that he plans to sue Sheena Monnin, a.k.a. Miss Pennsylvania, on the basis of calling the Miss USA pageant “fraudulent.”
"She lost and if you look at her compared to the people who were in the top 15, you would understand why she’s not in the top 15," he said. "It’s a very, very sad situation.”
Monnin reportedly posted on Facebook that she "witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED."
She claimed that after the Top Five announced - and she realized they were the same as the Top Five allegedly on the list, she knew the show was rigged. The 27-year-old further called the contest, “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.” These claims came after she failed to make the Top 15 in the competition. All her comments have since been removed from Facebook, but not before they were seen by millions of people.
In her resignation letter, Monnin cited the inclusion of transgender individuals as her reason for stepping down, which is inconsistent with the claims for which she is being sued. Trump commented that he doesn’t believe she “had an issue” with the policy change. He told Good Morning America, “I think [her] primary issue was that she lost and she’s angry about losing.”
However, he's offering her a way out. Trump says he won't sue if the former title holder apologizes to him in a written statement within 24 hours.
“Donald Trump believes in giving everyone a second chance, including Ms. Sheena Monnin,” said Michael D. Cohen, executive VP and special counsel to Trump in a statement.
“Accordingly, if Ms. Monnin in a writing received by Mr. Trump within the next 24 hours apologizes and withdraws her utterly baseless claim that the Miss USA pageant results were predetermined, then and only then will Mr. Trump and the Miss USA Organization not proceed with litigation against Ms. Monnin seeking massive damages for her defamatory and offensive remarks."