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Sri Lankan beauty queen arrested after wild pageant brawl

Sri Lankan beauty queen arrested after wild pageant brawl

A Sri Lankan beauty queen who caused a pageant brawl over the crown has been arrested over the on-stage altercation, police said Thursday.

Reigning “Mrs. World” Caroline Jurie was arrested on charges of “simple hurt and criminal cause” in connection to the chaos Sunday night at a pageant in Colombo, the BBC reported.

Jurie, who is from Sri Lanka, started the ruckus when she jumped on stage as they crowned the new “Mrs. Sri Lanka” winner Pushpika De Silva, the outlet reported.

She snatched the crown off De Silva’s head, claiming she was actually divorced and thus disqualified from holding the title.

“There is a rule that prevents women who have already been married and are divorced, so I am taking steps to make the crown go to second place,” Jurie told the crowd.

In this photograph taken on April 4, 2021, winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka 2020 Caroline Jurie (2-L) removes the crown of 2021 winner Pushpika de Silva.
In this photograph taken on April 4, 2021, winner of Mrs. Sri Lanka 2020 Caroline Jurie (2-L) removes the crown of 2021 winner Pushpika de Silva.
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Jurie put the crown instead on the runner-up, prompting tears and fracas on stage.

De Silva had to be hospitalized to be treated for head injuries after the debacle, the BBC reported.

Pushpika De Silva was hospitalized after the pageant brawl.
Pushpika De Silva was hospitalized after the pageant brawl.
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She later told reporters that she would pursue legal action for the “unreasonable and insulting” way she was treated, the BBC reported.

Police confirmed Thursday that they arrested Jurie and another competitor in connection to the brawl.

Mrs. World Caroline Jurie (C) flanked by her lawyers walk out of the Cinnamon Gardens Police station after being enlarged on police bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08 April 2021.
Mrs. World Caroline Jurie (C) flanked by her lawyers walk out of the Cinnamon Gardens Police station after being released on police bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08 April 2021.
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“Police arrested Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra over Sunday’s incident on charges of simple hurt and criminal cause,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana told the BBC.

Pageant organizers have re-crowned De Silva and apologized for the incident.

"Police arrested Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra over Sunday's incident on charges of simple hurt and criminal cause," police spokesman Ajith Rohana told the BBC.
“Police arrested Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra over Sunday’s incident on charges of simple hurt and criminal cause,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana told the BBC.
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“We are disappointed. It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs World organization has already begun an investigation on the matter,” the event organizers told the outlet.

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