Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization has filed two legal claims against former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin today. Trump had given the former beauty queen 24 hours to apologize and retract her claim that the organization is a fraud. But Monnin stood her ground and now the billionaire is seeking filing legal action against her, seeking monetary damage for her remarks of defamation.
The case is reportedly being handled through private arbitration, according to TMZ.
Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen told TMZ earlier this week:"The basis of the law suit is the defamation and the offensive remarks that Miss Monnin had made . In her agreement to participate in the pageant - has non-disparagement clauses throughout the document. Clearly the actions that she took are disparaging and worse than that they are inaccurate and they are lies."
Monnin claims that her fellow contestants had even seen a list of the top five girls that were chosen - even before the show aired on Sunday evening. "I 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," she said. She said when the top five contestants were indeed the top five which she saw on the list, that is when she knew that it was rigged. "I decided to distance myself from an organization who did not allow fair play and whose morals did not match my own," she added.