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Miss Cali: Keep the Crown, I Want Cash!

4/10/2008 7:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don't mess with a pissed-off beauty queen! The former, er, never was Miss California, Christina Silva, has filed suit against the pageant claiming a litany of damages.

In the suit, filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Silva is seeking $500,000 in damages for "public humiliation, mental anguish and distress, lost opportunities, lost prizes and lost monies."

Silva was crowned Miss California on November 25, 2007. Three days later, she says, she was called for a meeting at the pageant director's home when they dropped a bomb -- there had been a mistake, she was not the winner, and they yanked her crown! Silva, who is of Ecuadoran and Mexican descent, claims that the pageant director never liked her and was looking for an "'all-American girl' to win, and not looking to crown another person of color." For the record, the f*** up has been blamed on human error.

The reigning Miss California, Raquel Beezley, is one-quarter Filipino. She's in Vegas now gearing up to compete for the title of Miss USA. The pageant airs on NBC tomorrow night.

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31.

buffy    

She was offered the choice to keep the title or give it up to the rightfull winner. It was her own choice now she has filed a suit on the eve of the national pageant?????? Something about her actions says to the public she's not much of a role model. The true winner is a beautiful young woman of color so the race card is a lame choice. Good Luck Raquel!

2331 days ago
32.

me    

ummm, didn't even read the story.....it's CRAP! the best thing you guys have reported on this entire week has been the Chuck Norris story....and that was ONLY because it gave the rest of us a reason to act like a bunch of children with our VERY clever Chuck jokes! tmz you SUCK!!!!!!!!!

2331 days ago
33.

CHUY_FROM_CHELSEA_LATELY    

pageants suck they r 4 those dumb girls

2331 days ago
34.

Sandra D    

Hey, if that's what happened I don't blame her one bit for suing. Go girl.

2330 days ago
35.

Sandra D    

Deb, I'm so sorry to hear this happening to you but stick by your opinion. I will definitely stay away from evil US WEEKLY. Boy, they have a really bad reputation lately. Is Bonnie Fuller still under the helm of it all?

take care

2330 days ago
36.

Chile Plz    

How is she a sore loser? She got crowned Miss Cali and recognized statewide (if not across USA). That is devasting. She has every right to do what she is doing and I dont blame her in the least bit. I hope she wins! it wasn't even a technical error, it was a human error. Whatever..!!

2330 days ago
37.

kimora hater    

she's a whore!!!!

2330 days ago
38.

Offshore420    

Wow,beauty really is only skin deep. She'll make plenty of money on talk shows and a book deal.

2330 days ago
39.

Loouhvul    

The fact that there was an error, no matter what it was, means that there should be consequences for it. It is said that a $2 mistake can bring down a multi-million dollar corporation...such may be the case. Even if the director wanted and All-American or the person that f'd up was drunk or the other girl gives better "favors"...a mistake was made and restitution should be given to those that are "victims" of it.

2330 days ago
40.

tracey    

They should have held a pagent off between the two ladies, thrown in some Fear Factor stunts and let America vote!

2330 days ago
41.

alex    

stupid people its ecuadorian not ecuadoran!!!!

2330 days ago
42.

valweezy    

that's so messed up. yeah she's probllie just another
brod but tell me why it takes 3 days to realize shes
not the winner

2330 days ago
43.

Nikkita    

They should have kepted her filipinos suck ballz

2330 days ago
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