PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For the first time since stepping down and giving up her crown, the former Miss Pennsylvania USA is speaking out.
Sheena Monnin posted on Facebook that she was considering which media outlet to give her first interview.
This morning, she appeared on “The Today Show” and she’s sticking to her guns after saying the Miss USA Pageant was rigged.
“I am prepared to march forward and what I really want out of this is for the truth to be known,” Monnin said.
However, the truth she is spouting has no validity, according to Donald Trump.
Monnin claims the Miss USA Pageant was rigged during Sunday’s live broadcast.
Trump, who is the co-owner of the Miss USA organization, is outraged. He has demanded an apology from Monnin.
He hasn’t gotten one and is now is said to be drawing up papers for a defamation lawsuit.
On “The Today Show,” Monnin did not back down.
“I feel disappointed at some of the statements he has said about me and I feel prepared to continue to pursue the truth. I know what I heard and what I in turn witnessed,” Monnin said.
Monnin said Miss Florida told her she had seen a list of the top five contestants and when the names were called during Sunday’s pageant, they were in the sane order Miss Florida had mentioned.
“That’s just too coincidental to not be true,” Monnin said.
Miss Florida has issued a statement saying she was just joking, but Monnin doesn’t believe that.
“I have many years of psychological training. I know when someone is telling a joke. I know when someone is scared and when someone is serious. In my opinion, her body was very serious and she was a little bit scared because she had just seen something that would drastically change the reputation of the Miss Universe Pageant,” Monnin said.
Monnin admits she never saw a list and she is merely going on hearsay and body language.
KDKA-TV’s Brenda Waters spoke with the state pageant director again on Friday who said Monnin has chosen to travel down a difficult road.
Meanwhile a decision should be made next week about who will replace Monnin as Miss Pennsylvania USA to make appearances for the next six months.