Miss Pennsylvania Allegedly Resigns Over Pageant’s Pro-Transgender Policy
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Miss USA pageant representative from Pennsylvania resigned her crown claiming the contest is rigged, but according to organizers the beauty queen was upset over the decision to allow transgender contestants to enter.
A posting on Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin’s Facebook page claims another contestant learned the names of the top 5 finishers on Sunday morning - hours before the show was broadcast.
Monnin claims the other contestant told her the names of the top 5 she spotted on a planning sheet for the telecast - and she decided to step down as soon as those same contestants were named during the show.
"In my heart I believe in honesty, fair play, a fair opportunity, and high moral integrity, none of which in my opinion are part of this pageant system any longer," Monnin wrote in one of her Facebook posts.
Monnin, of Cranberry, Butler County, did not immediately respond to a Facebook message from The Associated Press.
Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, called Monnin’s claims that the pageant was fixed "totally ridiculous" in a live interview Wednesday on ABC’s "Good Morning America" and said the pageant organization plans to sue Monnin for making the "false charge."