A beauty queen's claim that the Miss USA Pageant run by Donald Trump was rigged has cost her $5 million in damages for defamation.

Southern District Judge J. Paul Oetken on Tuesday upheld an arbitration award against Sheena Monnin, the former Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 who alleged on Facebook and the "Today" show that the 2012 pageant in Las Vegas had a "script" dictating the final 16 and the top five finishers.

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