Former Miss Austin or­dered to pay Miss USA pageant

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - Sheena Mon­nin Com­piled by Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando.

NEW YORK — A beauty queen who claimed this year’s Miss USA con­test was fixed has been or­dered to pay the pageant or­ga­ni­za­tion $5 mil­lion for defama­tion.

In a de­ci­sion signed last week, an ar­bi­tra­tor found that the com­ments from Miss Penn­syl­va­nia USA Sheena Mon­nin were false, harm­ful and ma­li­cious. Mon­nin had al­leged that the five fi­nal­ists had been se­lected in ad­vance of the pageant’s live tele­cast. Mon­nin was the 2006 Miss Austin win­ner and placed in the top 15 of Miss Texas in 2007.

Mon­nin, of Cran­berry, Pa., re­signed her Penn­syl­va­nia ti­tle af­ter the pageant. Her al­le­ga­tions on Face­book and NBC’s “To­day” show cost the pageant a $5 mil­lion fee from a po­ten­tial 2013 spon­sor, said ar­bi­tra­tor Theodore Katz.

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