Miss Penna. hit with suit
The Miss Pennsylvania fracas has finally turned into an official debacle.
Former Miss Penna. Sheena Monnin resigned her dread crown this week, claiming the Miss USA contest is rigged. On Friday she was hit with a 10-ton 18-wheeler of a defamation lawsuit care of the Miss USA org and its owner, comb-over power-broker Donald Trump.
TMZ says the suit was filed in a private court because of a stipulation in Monnin's contract that disputes be settled in private arbitration. What does the org want? "Significant damages," TMZ says.
The Donald on Thursday said he was incensed by Monnin's allegations, to wit that the top five finalists on Sunday's live program were prepicked. He gave the Pittsburgh native 24 hours to recant before unleashing his legal hellhounds.
Monnin threw his offer back in his face by repeating her allegations Friday morning on NBC's Today.
She has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Stars sell their faces
Jessica Chastain, who was all business as a Mossad assassin in The Debt, has been hired as the face of Yves Saint Laurent's scent Manifesto. YSL, JC tells Women's Wear Daily, "inspires me deeply. ... The brand has conveyed strong values that I cherish, such as an unwavering commitment, absolute love." (Didn't St. Augustine write about YSL's agape?)
True Blood killer vamp Alexander Skarsgard, 35, is the new face of Calvin Klein's man-perfume Encounter. ("Undead for 1,000 years and he still smells yummy.") Tidbits 'n' pieces
Uncle Sam has sold Evander Holyfield's 234-acre Georgia estate for $7.5 mil in an Atlanta public auction held to help pay off the boxing legend's debts and his unpaid federal taxes. ... America's Got Talent hopeful Timothy Poe, whose claims he was injured in combat in Afghanistan have been called into question, won't be causing controversy much longer: An Unnamed Insider tells Fox News that Poe never made the cut to the final 48 contestants who'll compete on the show. (That part of the show already has been taped.)
Kris manages his girl
Kim Kardashian's discarded TV-show accessory, Kris Humphries, has sicced his lawyer on one Fatmire "Myla" Sinanaj, whom TMZ says he's been dating since January, to force her to stop telling people she's his girlfriend.
TMZ says Sinanaj, a dead ringer for Kris' estranged wife, Kim (wonder what a therapist would say about that!), is being pressured into signing a confidentiality agreement about her time making time with Kris in return for cash.
‘Car Talk' pulling away
Alas, world, it's curtains for the popular NPR radio show Car Talk. Ray and Tom Magliozzi, better known as Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers, say that as of September they'll park the show in the garage after 25 years (35 with originating station WBUR in Boston). Tom's 74, Ray 63. Reruns of their 1,200-plus NPR shows will be on many stations, but no new shows. Four million listeners over 600 stations now will have to figure out their car troubles themselves!
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