In a beauty of a $5 million legal win, 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 blasted the pageant as “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy.”
That didn’t go down well with The Donald, who fired back that he was suing on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization, which filed an arbitration action in New York.
Late last week, retired US District Court Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz ruled that Monnin defamed the Miss Universe Organization, and awarded it $5 million in damages.
Trump last night called Monnin’s actions “disgraceful.”
“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.”