Caroline Jurie quits after beauty pageant controversy in Sri Lanka

Reigning Mrs World leaves after beauty pageant controversy in Sri Lanka

Caroline Jurie won the entire Mrs World contest last year in Las Vegas

Colombo:

A Ms World winner facing criminal charges after a crash on stage at a Sri Lankan beauty pageant has relinquished her title, organizers said on Wednesday.

Caroline Jurie made international headlines after snatching the winner’s crown at the local segment of Mrs World in Sri Lanka at a theater in Colombo this month.

Jurie won the entire Mrs World contest last year in Las Vegas, but California-based Ms World Inc. said in a statement that she has now voluntarily stepped down and the 2020 crown has now returned to the vice-champion of Ireland Kate Schneider.

Jurie had faced calls on social media to drop her title after being arrested along with partner Chula Padmendra, following unruly scenes on stage.

Both were charged with using criminal force and causing damage. They are out on bail before a first hearing on June 28.

Jurie had claimed that Ms. Sri Lanka’s winner, Pushpika de Silva, was not eligible for the award because she was divorced. Ms. Sri Lanka’s winner qualifies to participate in Ms. World’s next competition.

To qualify for the title, applicants must be married. De Silva is estranged from her husband, but they are legally married.

The local franchise holder for the contest, Chandimal Jayasinghe, demanded compensation from Jurie for damage to the stage and changing rooms where several mirrors were smashed.

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