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Miss Universe

Files Defamation Claims

Against Ex-Miss Penn

6/8/2012 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Trump delivered as promised -- the Miss Universe organization has officially filed 2 crushing legal claims against ex-Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin ... for saying the pageant's a fraud.

TMZ broke the story ... Miss Universe owner Donald Trump gave Monnin a 24-hour ultimatum to retract her statements that pageant winners are predetermined -- but Monnin refused.

So this morning, one of Donald's lawyers tells TMZ, the Miss Universe Organization -- Miss USA's parent company -- has filed docs to take the matter before a private arbitrator, and he intends to go after Monnin for all she's worth.

The action was not filed as a formal lawsuit in court because of a stipulation in Monnin's contract -- which requires any dispute to be handled through private arbitration, and only if it can't be worked out there can it be filed in court.

We're told the Miss Universe team has filed two separate causes of action -- breaching the contract by talking trash about the pageant and a second claim for defamation.  How much are they going for? We're told, "Significant damages."

Attempts to reach Monnin were unsuccessful.

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Gretel    

If her hair was a bit fuller she'd look like Priscilla Presley circa 1968. Trump just looks like some kind of alien freak reject.

865 days ago
2.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

DON'T BACK DOWN FROM THIS FOOL MISS PENN!

865 days ago
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Majestik    

Quick, Sheena, do as many interviews as possible then open an account in the Cayman Islands LOL.
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Seriously, how in the world is either side going to prove this accusation? Just because Hairball walks in and claims it's NOT rigged doesn't mean squat, he has to prove it, no?

865 days ago
4.

Majestik    

I have a question for anyone in the know..
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Has she been fired as Miss Pennsylvania? Doesn't she continue to hold that title until a new winner is crowned?

865 days ago
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mikeman    

wonderful to see someone worth hundreds of millions of dollars going after everything someone worth maybe tens of thousands has over words that no one cares about.

865 days ago
6.

Twilight Sparkle    

Let's go Sheena! Don't be afraid of this clown!

865 days ago
7.

She's baaaack    

I think those beauty queens, though beautiful, are pretty much vacuous clothes hangers, however I hope this bitch has teeth. I'd love to see someone take Donald Trump on and win.

865 days ago
8.

weird al yankovich    

men with small penis complex. always has to show who's in charge cuz they fail to do so in the bedroom ...

tini wini short d---k man !!!

member that song ? LOL

865 days ago
9.

Hey Now    

You know what you get at the end of a civil lawsuit that is successful? A piece if paper that says this guy owes me X. Good luck collecting a dime. If she doesn't have anything to take, it's a big fat waste of time. Donald Trump should spend that time looking into better options for his hair and tan.

865 days ago
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bruce    

i dont like oboma but what about the donald shooting his mouth about were he was born? shouldnt trump be sued

865 days ago
11.

static    

Miss Universe is a joke, you don't even have to be a woman to compete anymore.

865 days ago
12.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Nothing says skum bag more than a billionaire suing a young woman because she voiced an opinion.
Trump is nothing more than a bully. Anyone who listens to him or goes to one of his casinos should be ashamed of themselves.

865 days ago
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Mary    

Why would Donald Trump sue? Isn't it the truth that the competition is fixed? Donald even said that within a few seconds after looking at Ms. Pennsylvania he knew she wouldn't win! Why do we even have such pageants that single out what a woman looks like anyway? We don't have a Mr. Universe or a Mr. USA pagent. It is all a bunch of crap and "the Donald" is the biggest loser of all. He couldn't even win a "consolation prize" if he was running in a "good looks" pageant!

865 days ago
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martinsheenfan    

FRAUID!!!!!

865 days ago
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Joe    

The MU contest stopped being relevant when they allowed transgendered men in a women's contest. I don't need to hear how the winners think about social issues. They just show up for photo ops after walking in a bikini. Name a Miss Universe that you can remember doing anything of interest. Quick.. I bet you cannot.

865 days ago
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