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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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31.

moveover    

Arrogant, big mouth bully! Trump shows himself to be a "bloviating ignoramus" once again! Go, Miss Penn!

678 days ago
32.

Baker    

DONALD TRUMP IS A F KING BULLY. I wish he would just go away. She was told something and guess what there was a list. Why would there be a list of the final 5 when the final 16 were not known. Interesting.

678 days ago
33.

desiree adams    

I agree totally with the ex usa contestant. All of these reality based
shows are pre determained.

678 days ago
34.

cari    

How many people want to start a class action lawsuit against the big, fat oompa loompa for damaging our eyes and ears?? Do I hear a YES?!

678 days ago
35.

cari    

You'd have to prove damage was done to the pageant company Trumpaloompa! Good luck with that. He is such an ass. A loompa's ass. If it's orange like a loompa, talks like a loompa...and walks like a loompa......it's a big fat loompa! Trumpaloompa.

678 days ago
36.

Dan    

Trump sort of looks like an umpa loompa

678 days ago
37.

moveover    

I JUST ASSUME ANYTHING DONALD TRUMP IS INVOLVED IN IS FRAUDULENT!

678 days ago
38.

BigBoyBC    

private arbitration, what a sham. I guarantee Trump has the Arbitrator in his pocked already.

678 days ago
39.

Thurston Howell III    

This guy is such a shiat bag. Does this make you feel good Donnie? i mean, what can this man possibly get out of this kind of behavior anyway? This just proves that Trump suffers from some form of mental illness.

How in the hellz does that Meania person put up with him anyway...oh yeah, I almost forgot. Melania barely speaks a word of English. She has no idea what this dufuss is saying half the time.

Come on...SUE ME Donald! I effing DARE you to!

678 days ago
40.

mon    

Well apparently even speaking the truth can get your pants sued off you. Trump is trying his best to intimidate her and that does not make her less believable in my book. Ms. Universe doth protest too much methinks... The contests are rigged and the rule of rigging certainly applies to other shows as well. Ms. PA is just acknowledging what a lot of us have known for a very long time now. Its all scripted, smokes and mirrors.

678 days ago
41.

Sarah     

This isn't news this has been known for years so why sue for the truth.Never been a big secret that they are rigged .

678 days ago
42.

Dietra    

I am so fed-up with this guy! He actually thinks just because he says jump, everyone should ask how high. Donald Trump is a BULLY and he's too stupid to realize that the ONLY reason he has been able to get a woman is because of his BANK ACCOUNT. He couldn't BULLY Obama so now he's trying to BULLY Miss PENN. I hope she doesn't back down.

678 days ago
43.

porkchop    

Donald Trump is a bully who feels that his money permits his behaviour and who has a hatred for women. If we dare voice an opposing opinion, he hops onto the legal track. You're an *******, Donald!

678 days ago
44.

moveover    

After everything dies down in a few weeks .... he'll have his lawyers rescind the lawsuit and slink away, hoping everyone forgets what a tool he is!

678 days ago
45.

txcn    

And the biggest loser is Donald Trump. A billionaire out to financially ruin a beauty queen contestant for exercising her right to freedom of speech. How pathetic is that. Trump must be the only person in the world who listens to anything these girls say, it's not exactaly what those who view these pagents are interested in.

678 days ago
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