(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump has logged a legal victory against Miss USA hopeful Sheena Monnin, who claimed the pageant was “fixed.”
Trump filed suit against Monnin on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization after she blasted the competition on the Today show.
The New York Post reports that late last week, retired U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz agreed with Trump that Monnin defamed the organization — and awarded it $5 million in damages.
“While I feel very badly for Sheena, she did the wrong thing,” Trump told the paper. “She was really nasty, and we had no choice. It is an expensive lesson for her.”
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