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Miss Vietnam USA Claims Pageant No Pay Her

5/3/2009 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Yen LeCongratulations Miss Vietnam USA -- you've just won $10,000 (which you're not getting) and a new car (which you have to finance yourself).

According to a lawsuit filed earlier this week in Orange County, Yen Le -- who was crowned Miss Vietnam USA in November 2007 -- is suing the pageant organizers because she alleges she was supposed to receive $10,000 and a new Mercedes for winning.

Now get this -- not only does she claim she never got the $10K, but she says the pageant made her lease the car in her own name ... and then they defaulted on the payments.

She's suing for over $50K in damages, plus interest, attorneys' fees and court costs.

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hawaii    

MIss Vietnam? shes Asian? shes a wannabe with fake blond hair and blue contact lenses...!

1978 days ago
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M.P.    

Miss Vietnam USA??? WTF is that??!??! Which is it? Vietnam or the USA?

1978 days ago
63.

um, no thanks    

Why drag the name USA into a system that seems to be a nice springboard for people wanting to get into rehab, posing nude, porn or publicly judged and humiliated.
Here is an idea, maybe they would be willing to change the name to The Miss Trump Pageant and leave the USA out of the drama.
It appears to be one negative thing after another with the entire organization.




1978 days ago
64.

rick    

i think she miss understood it was supposed to be 10 dolla they love her long time

1978 days ago
65.

Joe Mama    

The title is racist, they're trying to be funny. It could've been worse but it's not that bad people.

Even more disturbing, this "asian" is as about as asian as Tila Tequila...dyed hair, colored contacts...yea she's a real role model for young Vietnamese girls who probably think having black hair and brown eyes is inferior. Most of you won't understand this unless you're an Asian.

Sabrina "Cheetah Girl" Ryan does the same thing...dying her hair and hiding her ethnic name to appear to be a white chick.

1978 days ago
66.

ohsotru    

Vietnamese people are ghetto? Please whoever said this is a hyprocrite there probably making more money than you'll ever make. Eat pho its making them more rich. And the headline is immature very creative.

1978 days ago
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grossed out    

You guys are such white trash to post this comment, but this girl doesn't even look asian. She looks like Rhianna. Such ignorance from someone that is uneducated and can't get a real job. TMZ is worse than working at a used car lot. I mean the bottom of the barrel used car lot. It's for people that are high dropouts why would say such ignorant thing..

1978 days ago
68.

LLD    

I am a hugh fan of TMZ. I am very upset and appalled with the title of your story. If this were a African/American story it would be called racist. What do you call it when it is a Asian/American story? TAKE IT DOWN !

1978 days ago
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grossed out    

what do you guys expect from TMZ. The staff are totally white or ghetto trash high school dropouts that can't get a real job. Don't you see them trying to whore themselves out for a picture of a celebrity. Used car sales people have much more class. What do you expect from a bunch of uneducated white trash losers at TMZ. Sometimes the truth hurts. I'm so glad I have an education and don't need to whore myself for a celebrity picture for a buck. They should become strippers instead.

1978 days ago
70.

yer mom's soo effin hot!!    

maybe she should have toned down on the rouge

1978 days ago
71.

mellon bruse N    

Me love you longtime but you marryed gay

1978 days ago
72.

Chris    

That woman does not look Vietnamese - perhaps half but not 100%

1978 days ago
73.

jlove    

forget everyone saying the title to this is offensive. the title is freakin hilarious. good job writers. finally something on here that made me lol :)

1978 days ago
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grossed out    

The person that probably put this up is probably a fat black or white dude. High school drop out that doesn't want to be a telemarketer anymore. I've seen some of the staff on tv and boy they are WHITE TRASH! Scary WHITE TRASH! LOL

1978 days ago
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UptownRazorback    

Posted at 9:58AM on May 3rd 2009 by Mindy

Sorry sweetie, we already do. It's called Miss America and Miss USA Pageants. For once and a while, you'll get a token person to win. But we all know those ignorant pageants are for you guys. And just to say, you guys have pathetic white girls who run. A bunch of dumb blonds. Miss South Carolina and Miss California. Not the exemplary figures you would want running.

1978 days ago
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