Miss USA organizers suspended as allegations new winner was ‘preselected,’ pageant rigged continue to surface
The Miss Universe Organization The organizers of the Miss USA pageant – Miss Brand Corp. – suspended after allegations emerged that the competition was fraudulent and that the winner was pre-selected.
Miss Texas R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned Miss USA on October 3.
Soon after her victory, contestants began to complain that she had already been “pre-selected” to be the next title holder.
As the allegations continue to emerge, Miss Universe Organization The organizers decided to stop the competition and investigate.
“After extensive deliberation, the Miss Universe Organization has decided to immediately suspend the Miss Brand contest,” the Miss Universe organization told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“The Miss Universe Organization will handle the Miss USA program while a thorough third-party investigation is being conducted. The law firm Holland & Knight will lead the investigation, and the findings will be used as a basis for appropriate action.
“We appreciate the collaboration from Miss USA, Principal Crystle Stewart as we work through this process. Our commitment to contestants and fans is our priority, and we will keep them paramount as we move forward.”
Kristel Stewart, who was crowned Miss USA in 2008, is Miss Brand’s manager. She also became the president of the Miss USA Organization in 2020. Her tenure as president was marked by other scandals. Her husband, Max Sebrechts, who was reportedly separated from her, was accused of sexual misconduct.
It is unclear if Stewart has been suspended from her position at Miss Brand or as President of Miss USA.
“Current allegations that the 2022 Miss USA pageant was in favor of one contestant over another are misleading and not factual,” Stewart said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “I am fully cooperating with the open investigation being conducted by a third party at the request of the Miss Universe Organization. I am eager to refute all allegations, and the facts will speak for themselves; in the end, all contestants’ minds are put to rest once and for all that this was indeed Fair beauty pageant.
“As a former title holder, I know firsthand the amount of hard work, mental preparation and dedication in the process of being on the main stage. The last thing I want to do is discredit the contestants or deny them a level playing field in the competition. I will never jeopardize my dream of running an organization that empowers these young women “.
Before Miss Universe Organization Announcing the news to the public, an email was sent to the 2022 contestant. Racer Michaela McGee provided a copy of the email to Fox News Digital.
The email contained a statement similar to what the organization provided to Fox News Digital, adding: “Our commitment to you and our audience is our highest priority, and that will be our highest priority as we move forward.”
McGee, who is Missouri, noted that she believed Gabriel was the “pre-selected” winner to bring the Filipino community together.
“I think that [Miss USA is] In a state where they are trying to rejuvenate and rejuvenate the competition here in the United States because we are seeing a steady decline in pageant registrations, and not just in the Miss USA system,” McGee told the Daily Mail.
McGee, Missouri 2022She also claimed that Gabrielle had affairs in Houston, Texas, that may have helped her win.
“Not to say Gabrielle couldn’t have gone out here and won this on her own, but I think she was from Houston,” McGee said. “Everyone, again, is from Miss Brand…and most of the members of Miss USA, including Crystle herself, are from Houston. They are native Houston.
“[Gabriel] I worked at Miss Academy closely on its setting, which would not only be an upgrade for Miss USA, the organization, but Miss Academy, the brand, because it’s a Miss USA winner who works closely with that organization.”
Miss Academy is also run by Stewart, president of the Miss USA Organization.
Miss Montana 2022 Heather Lee O’Keefe also confirmed the Texas connection.
“I think this is a big issue that many of us are trying to highlight is the truth [Stewart] He has a lot of organization. “She owns the main organization, Miss USA, and she also owns the main sponsor of the organization, which is a big problem we all have with her,” O’Keefe told the Daily Mail.
“Miss Academy sponsored Miss Texas Much more than they looked after the rest of us contestants.”