By Mirembe Martina
Former Miss USA contestant, Sheena Monnin has been ordered to pay $5 million to Donald Trump and his Miss USA pageant.
Monin was involved in a defamation lawsuit after she claimed the contest had been fixed.
She made the claims on the ‘Today’ show and her social network site saying she had seen a name of the final five contestants written before the winners were officially announced onstage.
Monnin went ahead and quit the contest and said the pageant was “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy.” Trump fired back, calling her accusations false. “She was angry that she lost,” he added.
Trump sued over the “false charge,” and the case went to an arbitrator, who ruled that Monnin had defamed the pageant, ordering her to pay $5 million. The beauty queen sought to have the judgment overturned. The judge ruled against her.
“Sheena’s problem in this case is that she never produced the smoking gun,” Dana Cole, a legal analyst, told ABC News. “And therefore, her case was doomed.”