Pa. Beauty Queen Shenna Monnin says she's shocked by $5 million ruling
Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin competes during the 2012 Miss USA pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. / Isaac Brekken/Getty Images
Shenna Monnin, the former Miss Pennsylvania USA who resigned after alleging that the Miss USA pageant had been fixed, says she is stunned by an arbitrator's ruling that she must pay the pageant organization $5 million for defamation.
Monnin tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the "most logical course" would be to contest the ruling, but she's considering her options.
Arbitrator Theodore Katz says 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 points 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.
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