Miss Pennsylvania Vs. Donald Trump
She's the beauty queen who squared off against billionaire Donald Trump, calling his Miss USA pageant a fraud! But Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin lost big time.
The mogul was awarded $5 million in damages, and now Monnin may have to file for bankruptcy.
INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney asked the beauty queen, "You may have to declare bankruptcy?"
Monnin replied, "That's an option laid out before me, yes!"
Sheena was representing Pennsylvania in last year's Miss USA pageant when she says a fellow contestant told her she had seen a list of the top five finalists before the show even started.
Monnin, who hadn't made the cut, was outraged and texted a pageant official, "This is [expletive] rigged. I'm done. This is ridiculous!"
She resigned her title and vented on Facebook. "In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy."
Donald Trump immediately hit back, calling her a liar and even questioned her looks. “Certainly she wouldn't have qualified in my book for the top 15,” he said.
“His behavior toward me has not been very kind. I mean, if you look simply at the words that he's said about me, they're not kind words," said Monnin.
"But didn't you start it?" asked McInerney. "You attacked him first. You're calling his business fraudulent."
"To me that wasn't an attack. I was saying, based on what I saw, based on my experience, this is my opinion," she said, and she's standing by her accusations.
"Do you believe the pageant is rigged?" asked McInerney.
"I have not changed my opinion from the very beginning," Monnin said.
McInerney spoke to Trump by phone. "It's amazing that she just hasn't learned her lesson. I mean, she's been proven false and now she'll just keep saying it," he said.
An independent arbitrator found that Miss Pennsylvania's claims of Fraud were "false," "made with malice," and "harmful" to the Miss USA organization, and awarded Donald Trump a whopping $5 million.
Trump was asked, "Will you try to collect the five millon?"
"Absolutely," he said. "At some point she's going to have to pay."
Sheena claims her lawyer at the time never told her about the arbitrator's hearing. "I feel it's very unfortunate that he didn't notify me, and that I wasn't able to be there to defend myself, because had I known, I would absolutely have been."
She says the controversy has turned her life upside down. She is unemployed and has moved back home with her parents. So how on Earth will she pay off that five million dollar judgment? Filing for bankruptcy is definitely an option.
"Five million dollars is a lot of money," said McInerney. "Was it all worth it?"
"Absolutely," said the beauty queen. "I believe that any time you have the opportunity to stand for truth, it's a good idea to take that stand for what you believe is right."