Colombo police on Thursday arrested the present “Mrs World” on expenses of assault over an on-stage fracas wherein she pulled the crown off the pinnacle of the brand new “Mrs Sri Lanka”.
Caroline Jurie yanked the crown off Pushpika de Silva minutes after she was declared “Mrs Sri Lanka 2020” in a Sunday gala at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna theatre.
Jurie was the earlier yr’s “Mrs Sri Lanka” and had gone on to win the “Mrs World” competitors organised by a California-based firm.
De Silva wanted hospital remedy after the incident, seen by shocked spectators in a packed venue in addition to a dwell social media viewers.
“We’ve arrested Jurie and (her affiliate) Chula Manamendra in reference to a cost of assault and inflicting harm to Nelum Pokuna (theatre),” senior police official Ajith Rohana mentioned.
De Silva informed reporters outdoors a police station in Colombo Thursday that she was able to drop the costs if Jurie made a public apology, however she had refused.
“I attempted to finish this out of court docket, however she has refused,” de Silva mentioned. “I can forgive, however not overlook.”
Police mentioned a court docket listening to was fastened for April 19 and Jurie and her affiliate who crashed the stage on Sunday had been launched on bail Thursday.
Neither of them nor their attorneys spoke to reporters outdoors the police station.
In direction of the top of Sunday’s ceremony, Jurie had claimed that de Silva was divorced and subsequently ineligible for the prize. Her shock announcement sparked unruly scenes minutes after the chief visitor, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s spouse Shiranthi, had left the theatre.
To qualify for the title, contestants have to be married. De Silva is estranged from her husband, however they’re nonetheless legally married.
The native franchise holder for the pageant, Chandimal Jayasinghe, mentioned they had been “deeply disturbed and sincerely remorse” the behaviour of Jurie.
Jayasinghe mentioned they had been claiming compensation from Jurie for damages to the stage and backstage dressing rooms the place a number of mirrors had been smashed.
The rumpus additionally meant the occasion dragged on two hours longer and theatre administration demanded an extra price of half 1,000,000 rupees ($2,500), Jayasinghe added.
Jurie has additionally been accused by organisers of bringing disrepute to the occasion.
Social media calls have been mounting to strip Jurie of her “Mrs World” title, with one meme calling for her to be rebranded as “Mrs Below World”.
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