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Donald Trump

$5 Million VICTORY Over

Disgruntled Beauty Queen

12/18/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump isn't wasting his precious, billionaire time RIGGING beauty pageants, despite allegations from a scorned pageant contestant ... this according to a judge.

As we previously reported, Trump had filed a lawsuit against former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin ... claiming she defamed his Miss Universe Org. when she went on a media blitz and accused the Miss USA pageant of being rigged.  

At the time, Monnin had claimed a fellow Miss USA contestant had seen a list containing the top 5 contestants before they were officially announced at the event. Trump denied the allegations.

The case went to arbitration ... and now, the retired U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge who oversaw the case ruled that Monnin DID defame the Miss Universe Org. ... and awarded M.U.O. $5 million in damages.

Trump also released a statement saying, "We cannot allow a disgruntled contestant to make false and reckless statements which are damaging to the many people who have devoted their hearts and souls to the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant systems.”

He added, "While I feel very badly for Sheena, she did the wrong thing. She was really nasty, and we had no choice. It is an expensive lesson for her."

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46.

coco cola    

Donald needs a face change..ugly

588 days ago
47.

Gus    

Using almost Mr Mr. Donald Trumps same premise..Maybe then Pres.. Obama should sue Mr. Trump for defamation of the United States of America , ....It would read a more like this...."We cannot allow a disgruntled political candidate to make false and reckless statements which are damaging to the many people who have devoted their hearts and souls to the United States of America"

588 days ago
48.

IceGypsy    

Can't believe that idiot meat parade is still on TV.

588 days ago
49.

kitnplayn    

just because she couldn't prove it in court, doesn't mean it isn't true. I would trust that dirty greedy Trump. he's disturbed.

588 days ago
50.

dottie    

WTG. Donald

588 days ago
51.

Keyser Söze    

Moral of the story: unless you can truly back up your sh*t, do not f*ck around with rich, resentful people - they will f*ck you up from Monday til Sunday if you allow them too.

And we all know Trump will definitely seek to get his money... he's really the type to make her pay each and every dime.

588 days ago
52.

Jennifer    

And where is she going to get 5 million dollars? Shame on you!

588 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

More than half the tv shows are rigged for RATINGS. Even the news.

588 days ago
54.

w h i t e y    

What a bitch..

588 days ago
55.

Carla    

If it isn't rigged, then let the public 'vote' like American Idol. Because we all know that isn't rigged...wink wink.

588 days ago
56.

lk    

I hope she uses his financial tactic, declaring bankruptcy, it would teach him a good lesson.

588 days ago
57.

Twiz    

Comes down to one simple thing - she didnt have the finances to back up the truth, Trump has the finances to hide the truth.

588 days ago
58.

Sassytooyou    

wow. isnt this a pagent to give scholarship money to these women. Will she really have 5mil.

588 days ago
59.

lovehandles    

The only thing I like about Donald Trump is last name. His bank trump her bank.

588 days ago
60.

sean    

President Obama should make a 'Trump style' YouTube video from his office, challenging Donald to give the 5 million to charity by sundown on Friday.

588 days ago
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