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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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46.

Maren Henry-Kennedy    

when is someone going to tell this guy his fifteen minutes are up and put him (and the rest of us) out of our misery??!!

814 days ago
47.

Butterfly    

WHY MUST DONALD TRUMP always behave as if he were God's gift to humanity, since sliced bread??? Each time he runs his mouth, non stop, against those he disagrees with, he proves himself to be an adult version of a spoiled brat and a bully. Unfortunately, his inherited financial background and, by his own personal success, he is no better than those he looks down on. Sadly, he is unacquainted with, pride, dignity, self respect and "class," and, it shows . Too bad!!! Sorry for him!!!

814 days ago
48.

sp8ce    

THIS WILL BACKFIRE FOR HIM

I HEARD THAT VERMONT AND TENNESSEE WERE THERE WITH PENNSYLVANIA WHEN FLORIDA TALKED ABOUT FINDING THE LIST.

THOSE GIRLS ARE HONEST AND TOP NOTCH.

THEY WILL NOT LIE FOR TRUMP.

HE MUST HAVE FLORIDA SOOOO SCARED.

OTHER GIRLS TOO

814 days ago
49.

silk    

Where's Gloria Allred? We need her to take down Trump!

814 days ago
50.

frank    

they about to make this bitch go broke

814 days ago
51.

Debs626    

Just look at the mouth on Trump?? What a moronic idiot..lol..the man is nothing more than a joke, and I bet she is telling the truth, the man is a nothing more than a swindler and a bold face liar.

814 days ago
52.

sp8ce    

I HEARD THAT VERMONT AND TENNESSEE WERE THERE WITH PENNSYLVANIA WHEN FLORIDA TALKED ABOUT FINDING THE LIST.

PENNSYLVANIA IS TELLING THE TRUTH

814 days ago
53.

Joao    

Why a private arbitrator; maybe to avoid public access to the information that's going to expose that stupid pageant that nobody cares about anyway, but you sunk your money into it because you thought if you could drove it deeper into the ground though making it more sleazy you could get the adolescent and dirty-old-man demographics, but it's not working and now you feel more stupid, but not stupid enough or you would have shut your big mouth and let the whole deal be written off as sour grapes-but instead she did outed your double-dealing, foul, unscrupulous, ass?

814 days ago
54.

jason    

I'm on her side! you go girl!

814 days ago
55.

steve    

just one more time for big money to shut up the truth ....

814 days ago
56.

DaveT    

She needs to wise up and publicly apologize, or she'll end up sabotaging her own public image, and ruining her future career...nobody wants to hire someone who may end up slandering them later.
If she digs in her heels, she'll go to court for slander, libel, defamation, and lose.
Her career won't recover, she'll be forgotten in a matter of months.
Sometimes you have to eat some sand, put your head down, and apologize, instead of being stubborn to the point of destroying yourself.

814 days ago
57.

tenley    

He's doing arbitration instead of filing court do***ents because arbitration is confidential -- she can't talk about evidence outside of it unless it goes to trial. He's an a**. She should counter sue in court.

814 days ago
58.

jjbythesea    

Donald, find something else to do. He can't fire her so he sues her. Spend more time and money on hair.

814 days ago
59.

Kathleen    

Why do still follow this man?

814 days ago
60.

Jenna    

Donald Trump is a blowhard who can't really stand women. He has to try to crush a poor woman for stating what she thinks. Boo hoo. Sue her when you have HOW much money? Just proves what everyone already thinks...you're a bully.

814 days ago
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