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Donald Trump Sues Miss Pennysylvania As She Insists Miss USA Is Rigged

Donald trump(l) ,Sheena monnin(R)

     Despite threats of a lawsuit from Miss Universe co-owner Donald Trump, the former Miss Pennsylvania is sticking to her story that Sunday’s Miss USA contest was rigged. 
  Sheena Monnin, 27, turned in her crown in an angry Facebook post, calling Sunday’s contest “fraudulent” and labeling the organization “trashy’’ and “lacking in morals.” Trump fired back Wednesday on TODAY, saying Monnin could expect a lawsuit for defaming his competition. 
    Monnin claims that Miss Florida, Karina Brez, told her that she saw a list detailing the top five finalists before the top 16 had even been announced.
    “I feel disappointed that (Trump) has made some of the statements that he said about me, and I feel prepared to continue to pursue the truth,’’ Monnin said on TODAY Friday. “I know what I heard, and I know what I in turn witnessed come true based on what I heard the contestant said she saw the list, so I’m prepared to continue to march forward.’’ “I know what I heard,’’ Monnin told Ann Curry o TODAY. 
   “There’s no doubt in my mind that the contestant was serious when she laid out what she said she saw, and I believe her to be true. “I have many years of psychological training. I know when someone’s telling a joke, I know when someone’s scared and when someone’s serious, and in my opinion her body language was very serious. She looked a little bit scared because she had just seen something that would potentially, drastically change the reputation of the Miss Universe Organization. This is a big deal.’’
     At first, Monnin said she didn’t believe Brez, but when the top five were announced in the same order she claims Brez had outlined, she felt something was not right. “There are many reasons that a list could be laying around with the top five names, but when the names were called out in the order that she said she saw them on the list, that’s just too coincidental to not be true,’’ Monnin said. 
       Trump gave Monnin a 24-hour window to issue a public apology for her statements in order to stave off a lawsuit, but that time period has passed and she is sticking to her guns.