Ex-Miss Pennsylvania Stands By Claim Trump's Pageant Was Rigged: 'He Doesn't Scare Me'
Trump successfully sued Sheena Monnin after she claimed the 2012 Miss USA pageant was rigged.
A former Miss Pennsylvania is standing by her claim that the 2012 Miss USA Pageant, which was then owned by Donald Trump, was rigged.
And even though she went on to lose a $5 million lawsuit to the billionaire over her claims, Sheena Monnin says "he doesn't scare me."
"He never has," she told INSIDE EDITION. "He's just a human at the end of the day like you and I."
Monnin created a firestorm when she came out swinging against the pageant in 2012, telling IE at the time that there was "just too much evidence pointing to this being fraudulent."
She claimed fellow contestant, Miss Florida Karina Brez, had seen a list of the final five before they were announced. Monnin publicly renounced her Miss Pennsylvania title, saying the pageant was "lacking in morals, and in many ways trashy."
Trump went on the counter attack, even trying to humiliate Monnin.
"If you look at her compared to the people who are in the top 15, you'll understand why she's not in the top 15," Trump said back then.
"When he made the claim that I wasn't good enough looking to even be in the top 15, those are very hurtful statements," she tells IE. "That's attacking me as a person.”
Trump demanded an apology and she refused. He ended up suing her. The case went to arbitration and she was ordered to pay $5 million for saying the pageant was rigged.
She said she was not at liberty to discuss how much she actually paid Trump.
“What I can say and what I will say to you is that the entire situation has been resolved and I didn't have to pay any money out of pocket,” she admitted.
Monnin is still not backing down in her battle with the billionaire and his team of lawyers.
“I'm not going to allow this person to crush me,” she said. “I think that's wrong. I've stood by what I said from day one and I’m not backing down."
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