CRANBERRY (KDKA) — Miss Pennsylvania is giving up her crown.
Sheena Monnin of Cranberry claims the Miss USA Pageant was rigged.
Monnin posted on Facebook: “In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.”
She alleges that another contestant happened to see a list titled “top five” on the morning of the pageant. She claims she realized the list was real when those five contestants ended up being the actual top five.
When KDKA-TV visited Monnin’s home in Cranberry, Butler County, a man who answered the door said she wasn’t home and then a woman approached and closed the door on us.
Pageant officials say Monnin’s allegation of the contest being rigged is false and that the contestant who supposedly saw the alleged list has refuted Monnin’s claim.
The Miss Universe Organization, which runs the Miss USA competition, also says that Monnin told them she was resigning because of the organization’s policy to allow transgendered contestants.
The organization even provided an email they say was written by Monnin, in which she supposedly writes that transgendered contestants go against every “moral fiber of my being.”
KDKA-TV was unable to independently confirm that Monnin authored the email.