Pa. beauty queen stunned by $5 million ruling

PITTSBURGH - December 30, 2012

Former Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the "most logical course" would be to contest the ruling, but she's considering her options.

Arbitrator Theodore Katz said Monnin's allegations that finalists had been selected in advance were false, harmful and malicious and cost the pageant a $5 million fee from a potential 2013 sponsor.

Monnin pointed to a Miss USA contract clause giving top pageant officials the power to pick the top five finalists and the winner, but a company official calls that a catch-all that's never been used.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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