Police in Sri Lanka arrested an active Mrs. World Caroline Julie after she injured a fellow beauty contest queen in a bust-up on stage.
Pushpica de Silva won the title of “Mrs. Sri Lanka” at a ceremony aired on Sunday, and former winner Mrs. Julie was to crown her.
Instead, she pulled the crown away from Mrs. DeSilva’s head, claiming she couldn’t hold the title because she was divorced.
The winner later said she was not divorced, but away from her husband.
Mrs. Sri Lanka is part of the Mrs. World Beauty Contest series for married women. Winners of national titles will advance to the entire Mrs. World Competition.
“I’m taking steps to put the crown in second place because there are rules to prevent women who are already married and divorced,” Mrs. Julie told the audience.
She placed the crown on the runner-up and urged Mrs. De Silva, who shed tears, to step off the stage. The video of the incident showed..
In a Facebook post, Mrs. DeSilva said she went to the hospital Receive treatment for head injury after the incident.
“Today, there are many single mothers like me who are suffering in Sri Lanka,” she later said at a press conference. “This crown is dedicated to a woman who is struggling to raise a child alone, a single mother.”
She added that she would take legal action against the “irrational and insulting” methods she was treated with.
Another Sri Lankan model involved in fracas was also arrested.
“Police arrested Caroline Julie and model Chula Padmendra in a Sunday case for simple injuries and criminal reasons,” police spokesman Aziz Rohana told the BBC.
Mrs. Julie and Mrs. Pageant of Sri Lanka’s chief organizer, Chandi Marjayasinge, were cross-examined by police on Thursday. Mrs. Julie and Chula Padmendra were released on bail on April 19 to appear in the Magistrates’ Court in Colombo.
Mrs. DeSilva is now crowned again, and the pageant organizer said she expects Mrs. Julie to make a public apology.
Jayasinge previously told the BBC: “We are disappointed. It’s shameful how Caroline Julie behaved on stage, and the Mrs. World organization has already begun investigating this issue.”
Mrs. Sri Lanka’s World Beauty Contest is a major national contest. The Prime Minister’s wife was among the guests at the ceremony.