Miss Pennsylvania resigns, claims pageant rigged

    Pennsylvania’s representative at the Miss USA pageant is stepping down because she says the contest was rigged, while pageant officials counter she just disagrees with the organization’s decision to allow transgender contestants.

    A posting on Sheena Monnin’s Facebook page dated Monday says she’s resigned. In another post, Monnin claims another contestant saw the list of top 5 contenders on Sunday morning, hours before the show was broadcast.
    Pageant organizers confirm Monnin has resigned, but not for the reason she claims. A statement from the organization includes text from an email it says Monnin sent citing the decision to allow natural born males into the competition as the reason she’s resigning.

    Monnin, of Cranberry, did not immediately respond to a Facebook message from The Associated Press.

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