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.
‘Project Runway’ changes
Zac Posen is in on ‘‘Project Runway’’: He’ll be the new featured judge, filling the chair Michael Kors sat in for the show’s first 10 seasons. Kors isn’t ‘‘out’’ — as host Heidi Klum likes to say to the fashion-design contestants who get the boot on the granddaddy of fashion reality TV shows. Kors’s schedule didn’t allow a commitment, but he will come back as a guest judge for the season finale, according to a statement for Lifetime TV. Another twist to the revamped ‘‘Project Runway,’’ in which the winner gets $100,000 to start his or her own brand, is that the contestants compete as teams instead of individuals.
Blankets to be auctioned
The late American crooner Andy Williams, famous for easy-listening hits such as ‘‘Moon River’’ and ‘‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’’ from his beloved Christmas TV specials, had a passion for Navajo blankets. He assembled a museum-quality collection that’s slated to be auctioned for more than $1 million next year. The bold, colorful wool blankets decorated his home and office and also the Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo., where they hung ‘‘alongside large photographs of Williams with other musical legends of the 20th century like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand,’’ said David Roche, Sotheby’s consultant on American Indian art. The sale is scheduled for late May.
Actor Bauer arrested
“Scarface” actor Steven Bauer has been arrested in the Miami area, accused of driving with a suspended license. The 52-year-old Bauer’s real name is Steven Ernest Echevarria and he was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail early Tuesday morning. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney. His arrest report shows Bauer was stopped in Sweetwater for an improper left turn late Monday night. He was given a warning, but the officer ran his driver’s license and found an open 12-year-old warrant. Bauer played Manny Ribera in the 1983 movie “Scarface” starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. Bauer also starred on the bilingual PBS show “Qué Pasa, USA.”
“We’ve read about this DSK thing so much, what else can be said that’s new? It was boring.” - Theatergoer Alexey Loginov, 22, on the new French play about disgraced former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn.