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Miss Universe

Files Defamation Claims

Against Ex-Miss Penn

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

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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billy cema    

The history of the Miss USA and Miss UNIVERSE PAGEANTS have been full of cheating and sabotaging incidents, after the first few years starting in the early fifties. Contestants who were married, or mothers lied to compete.
In 1956, hispanic contestants staged a protest that made headlines. They were sore because they didn't have a Miss Universe, in the whole 5 yrs. of the pageant. Result: Miss Peru, Gladys Zender won the title.
Since then, all kinds of negative incidents have happened with contestants, countries, you name it.

830 days ago


I totally believe her.

829 days ago


I used to like TMZ and enjoyed Harvey but after reading the half truths, lies and totally false statements that this site has made against Miss PA it is pretty clear that TMZ is in Trump's back pocket. Trump, his family and MUO are being bullies because they got caught!! I mean their constantly changing stories, Trump acknowledging their was a list and his defamation against Miss Pennsylvania and Miss Fl and MUO first she didn't then she did then she didn't stories about the list don't give especially after Ann Curry outed Miss Fl on THE TODAY SHOW!!! Also, why does it have to go to arbritration as that does not make sense because Miss PA gave up her title so that no longer applies. HARVEY and TMZ why not try telling the TRUE STORY and not Trumps half ass lies!!!!

828 days ago
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