Whew. The good name of Donald Trump will continue on, for at least another night.
Trump's Miss Universe L.P. has won an arbitration dispute over Sheena Monnin, a former contestant who claimed the competition was rigged. Trump's win was worth a cool $5 million. Dang.
This all began when Monnin questioned the process of the pageant immediately after being eliminated from the Miss USA pageant on June 3. She wrote to the director of the Miss Pennsylvania USA Pageant, saying that, "It's obviously rigged so the girl that they want can shine; they kept several beautiful girls out for that reason." She then resigned as Miss Pennsylvania 2012, saying on Facebook that "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."
Monnin claimed the next day that a fellow contestant saw the "Top 5" list before they were announced. Monnin then appeared on NBC's 'Today' on June 8 to repeat her claims on a larger scale.
Judge Theodore Katz, in his decision, said that the pageant had done what it needed to in proving Monnin defamed it, adding that Monnin defaulted by not responding properly to the questions she was presented by the legal process.
He called Monnin's statements false and said that they were "obviously harmful to MUO's business reputation" and "made with actual malice."
So rest easy when the Miss USA 2013 pageant comes around.