(LOS ANGELES) — One of the contestants in the Miss USA pageant, which was held this past Sunday in Las Vegas, claims that the event was fixed.
Earlier this week, Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin announced on Facebook that she was giving up her crown, claiming the Miss Universe Organization, which runs the Miss USA pageant, is “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.”
Monnin reportedly has since published another Facebook post in which she alleges she “witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage.”
Monnin also writes, “After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged; I decided at that moment to distance myself from an organization who did not allow fair play and whose morals did not match my own.”
The Miss Universe Organization tells E! News in a statement that Monnin resigned due to her objection over the inclusion of a transgender woman in the Miss Universe Canada pageant.
The statement continues, “She has changed her story by publicly making false accusations claiming that the pageant was fixed, however the contestant she privately sourced as her reference has vehemently refuted her most recent claim.”
Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo was crowned the winner of the Miss USA pageant.
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