Another Miss USA contestant is claiming Miss Florida Karina Brez knew the pageant’s top five finalists before the top 15 were even announced.
“I saw Florida backstage and she was very, very flustered and upset. I thought it might be because she didn’t make the top 15 cut, but at that point she was able to reveal to me at least four of the five names who went on to be the top girls,” the contestant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, tells Fox News. “She couldn’t remember the fifth because she was so upset. Several of the girls then started hearing through the grapevine about a list; a lot of people were upset.”
Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin (pictured), who resigned from the contest after the pageant took place on Sunday (June 3) in Las Vegas, claims Miss Florida told her and another contestant that she had already seen the list of the finalists.
“Apparently the morning of June 3rd [Brez] saw a folder lying open to a page that said ‘FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012’ and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in,” Monnin writes on her Facebook page. “After the Top 16 were called and we were standing backstage she hesitantly said to me and another contestant that she knew who the Top 5 were. I said ‘who do you think they will be?’ She said that she didn’t ‘think’ she ‘knew’ because she saw the list that morning. She relayed whose names were on the list. Then we agreed to wait and see if that was indeed the Top 5 called that night. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged.”
Pageant owner Donald Trump is suing Monnin for defamation for failing to retract her statement. Trump, the Miss Universe pageant and Miss Florida all deny Monnin’s accusations, but Monnin believes Brez changed her story out of fear of retaliation.
Who do you believe: Trump or Miss Pennsylvania?