The ever magnanimous Donald Trump believes in giving everyone a second chance.
The business magnate said that’s what he is willing to do for former Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin, as long as she apologizes to Trump for publicly claiming the Miss USA pageant was rigged, according toaceshowbiz.com.
According to E! Online, Monnin posted on Facebook that she "witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage."
Monnin then resigned from her position. The Miss Universe Organization, which runs the pageant, denied Monnin’s claims. The Organization issued a statement saying Monnin's original reason for withdrawing was its policy of allowing transgender women in the contest.
Trump had said on Wednesday he would take Monnin to court over her statements. His counsel Michael Cohen released a statement saying, according to the New York Post, "If Ms. Monnin in a writing received by Mr. Trump within the next 24 hours apologizes and withdraws her utterly baseless claim that the Miss USA pageant results were predetermined, then and only then will Mr. Trump and the Miss USA Organization not proceed with litigation against Ms. Monnin.”
Trump did not want to name the contestant Monnin was talking about, but he said the person had denied the claim.
Randy Sanders, director of Pennsylvania’s Miss USA pageant Randy Sanders said, according to Upper St. Clair, Pa. Patch, “I have complete confidence the pageant was not rigged.” Sanders pointed out that the judging is heavily monitored and accounting firm Ernst & Young performs audits.
Former Miss Pennsylvania Linda Andreassi said, “I’m disappointed that this wasn’t handled with greater appreciation for the title and crown or more consideration given to those who helped her make it to the national stage.”
Miss USA judge Joe Jonas wrote on Twitter, according to aceshowbiz.com, “Miss Rhode Island USA won fair and square." Judge Marilu Henner posted, "I can assure #MissPennsylvania 4 of my 5 top picks for #MissUSA were in the final 5. Sorry you didn't make it.”