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Miss Pennsylvania USA claims pageant rigged, resigns crown


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Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 Sheena Monnin and Miss Ohio USA 2012 Audrey Bolte at Sugar Factory at the Paris on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

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The Miss USA Pageant representative from Pennsylvania resigned her crown claiming the contest is rigged, but according to organizers the beauty queen was upset over the decision to allow transgender contestants to enter.

A posting on Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin's Facebook page claims another contestant learned the names of the top 5 finishers on Sunday morning — hours before the show was broadcast from Las Vegas.

Monnin claims the other contestant told her the names of the top 5 she spotted on a planning sheet for the telecast — and she decided to step down as soon as those same contestants were named during the show.

"In my heart I believe in honesty, fair play, a fair opportunity, and high moral integrity, none of which in my opinion are part of this pageant system any longer," Monnin wrote in one of her Facebook posts.

Monnin, of Cranberry, Butler County, did not immediately respond to a Facebook message from The Associated Press.

Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, called Monnin's claims that the pageant was fixed "totally ridiculous" in a live interview Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" and said the pageant organization plans to sue Monnin for making the "false charge."

"We're going to be suing her now. She made a very false charge and she knows it's a false charge," Trump said.

Pageant organizers confirmed Monnin resigned, but said it wasn't for the reason she claimed.

According to a statement from the Miss Universe Organization, the contestant who Monnin claimed saw the sheet vehemently refuted Monnin's account.

The statement includes text from an email organizers said Monnin sent citing the decision to allow natural born males into the competition as the reason she's resigning.

A transgender contestant was initially denied entry to the Miss Universe Canada pageant because she wasn't born female, but Trump subsequently overruled that decision.

Trump downplayed the role transgender contestants had on that Monnin's decision, even though pageant claim that was her motivation.

"I don't think that she had an issue with that," Trump said. "I think her primary issue is that she lost and she's angry about losing. And frankly, in my opinion, I saw her barely a second and she didn't deserve to be in the top 15."

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  1. Who ya gonna believe, Miss PA or The Donald?

  2. Rigged? No idea but what does it matter? This contest is irrelevant to anything in life but those earning a paycheck from it or using it for a credential on their resume'. Good for journalism and liberal arts degree holders, maybe.

    It became irrelevant the day it was decided to allow implants and other plastic surgery procedures. With the inclusion of transgender folks, it is simply a joke.

    We may as well allow those with liberal arts degrees to claim science and engineering degree qualifications because they once cut on frogs or moved iron filings with a magnet. Close counts right? Kind of like our president. I went to school and I want to be, therefore I am. We wouldn't want to exclude anyone; we must let anyone be anything they want regardless of the truth. Hurt feelings? Never. Life is about fairness and inclusion, not individual accomplishment. You're achievements are mine, only the selfish don't share. Yep, close counts. You have to hire me, I can be anything I want to be, my mommy told me so.

  3. The Donald gets a lot of ego boosting, publicity...and makes a lot of money from the pageant. Rigged? Especially the way the girl presented way. Her jealousy got the best of her and now she'll find out how expensive our court system can be.