Back In June, Donald Trump gave scorned beauty pageant loser Sheena Monnin a chance to rescind her public claim that the pageant was fixed. She decided not to take him up on his offer, which set in motion a series of events that will now end in her paying the mogul five million dollars or at least as much of the five million dollars as she can afford.

According to The New York Post, the lawsuit judgment was handed down by Judge Theodore H Katz late last week. After a careful study of the evidence, he concluded there is no possible way the Miss USA Pageant is rigged. The celebrity judges vote on their own free will, and the results are tabulated independently by Ernst & Young. Therefore, her statement was inaccurate, “defamatory” and worthy of a five million dollar fine.

This whole mess began not long after Monnin was eliminated from the Miss USA Pageant. The contestant retroactively resigned from the competition and made several statements on her Facebook page about how she was told by another contestant that a list of the predetermined Top 5 was sitting in an organizer’s office. The other contestant later denied telling her anything of the sort. Later, rumors spread that Monnin actually complained about a Canadian transgender contestant in her private resignation letter.

As of press time, it’s unclear whether Monnin will appeal the judgment. I’m not sure where she would get the money to continue paying her legal bills, but given this staggering loss, I’m not sure whether she can afford not to either. We’ll keep you updated.

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