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Miss Pennsylvania USA must pay $5 million

A beauty queen who claimed this year’s Miss USA contest was fixed has been ordered to pay the pageant organization $5 million for defamation. In a decision signed last week, an arbitrator found that the comments from Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin were false, harmful, and malicious. Monnin had alleged that the five finalists had been selected in advance of the pageant’s live telecast. Monnin resigned her state title after the pageant. Her allegations on Facebook and NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show allegedly cost the pageant a $5 million fee from a potential 2013 sponsor. The winner of the Miss USA pageant, Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo, competes Wednesday in the Miss Universe pageant.

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