Skip to main content

Dethroned Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kristhielee Caride Loses Her Lawsuit; Judge Says Her Dismissal Was Justified




A $3 million lawsuit filed by a former Puerto Rican beauty queen whose title was taken away for purported attitude problems has been dismissed by a judge.

Kristhielee Caride had sought to be reinstated as Puerto Rico's Miss Universe representative after losing her title earlier this year.

But on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Eduardo Rebollo said in his ruling that Caride's behavior violated the terms of her contract with PR Crown Entertainment and the company was within its rights to sever the relationship.

'Her dismissal was justified,' Rebollo wrote.

Caride's attorney, Ernie Caban, could not be immediately reached for comment. A secretary said he would hold a news conference later.

The ruling concluded a nearly week-long trial that captivated pageant fans on an island well known for its beauty queens, with TV stations interrupting regular programming to show testimony.

 Rebollo cited several incidents including Caride's refusal to have her hair color or style altered; a newspaper interview in which she gave only terse answers to questions and said she did not love cameras; and a failure to appear on a local TV entertainment program because she said traffic made it too hard to reach the studio.

A shoe sponsor also declined to work with her despite having paid for the right to use Caride's image because they considered her a 'risk' given her behavior, according to testimony.

Caride, winner pageant of Miss Puerto Rico Universe declares in favor to recover the title on July 21, 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but a judge has now said 'her dismissal was justified'


Desiree Lowry, national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico, testified that she asked Caride to call the newspaper reporter after the interview and apologize for her behavior.
'She looked at me with a face that said, "Are you serious?'' Lowry said.

In addition, Lowry testified that Caride refused to go to the salon that PR Crown Entertainment employed and used her own stylist instead.

At trial, Caride defended her decision and accused salon employees of disrespecting her.
'I'm not going to a place where I'm not wanted,' she said.  'I'm not going to a place where they are constantly rubbing in my face the Miss Universe candidate from San Juan. It's not my fault that girl didn't win.'

Caride lost her Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016 title in March and was replaced by first runner-up Brenda Jimenez for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant. 

Caride apologized at the time, saying beauty queens have bad days too and she had erred by letting her feelings come before her job.

It was the first time a Puerto Rico Miss Universe contestant has lost her crown before the big event is held.

Miss Puerto Rico 1994, Brenda Robles, was dismissed during that year's pageant because she was pregnant.

Source: The Daily Mail UK, 9/13/2016

 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Spain Wins Mister Global 2022

  Miguel Angel Lucas , 21, of Spain won the Mister Global 2022 title in Thailand on March 15, 2022. The 6'5" model and firefighter in training bested 31 other contestants.  The other four finalists include 1st runner-up Danh Linh of Vietnam, 2nd runner-up Dongwoo Shin of Korea, 3rd runner-up Juan Carlos da Silva of Venezuela, and 4th runner-up Gabriel Ortiz of Mexico. Photos courtesy of Mister Global

Miss USA Vice-President Max Sebrechts Accused Of Sexual Harassment

IMAGE COURTESY: MISS ACADEMY  Max Sebrechts, the husband of Crystle Stewart, President of Miss USA organization (and formerly Miss USA 2008), has been accused of sexual improprieties by several Miss USA 2021 contestants, according to a YouTube video “Miss USA Scandal?” by Natly Denise, a “truther and pop-culture enthusiast.” You can watch the entire video here: https://youtu.be/8xM2jXL6MXw On her video, Natly displays a screenshot  of an anonymous email sent to the affiliates of IMG/Endeavor including to Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO). The email was cc’d to Crystle and Michael Hannah (franchise director of Miss USA). The author of the email claims that MUO has been sent substantial evidence of Sebrechts’ sexual predatory behavior and Shugart has known about it for a while but didn’t say anything (obviously to cover it up and to protect Crystle). Natly also displays screenshots of direct messages sent to her by former Miss USA contestants (the names hav

End Of The Year Review - Pageantry In 2021

  And the winner is... Miss Quasi-Normal. Runners-up include Miss Apartheid Universe and Miss Covid World.         2021 pageantry was characterized by a gradual return to normalcy as pageant competitions – which had been cancelled or postponed in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic – succeeded in staging physical productions while paying close attention to universal safety guidelines. Even major events like the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which was cancelled in 2020, successfully took place in 2021. Miss Universe and Miss Grand International held two editions (one each for 2020 and 2021), The Miss World finals was postponed for March 2022 after several contestants had tested positive for COVID-19 in Puerto Rico which hosts the pageant. The year was also a milestone for Miss Universe and Miss World’s 70th anniversary and Miss America’s 100th anniversary. TRANS-CENDENTAL MISS:    On March 8, 2021, Filipino-American  Kataluna Enrique z made history by being the first transwoman to be crowned