Katz said Sheena had two motives: "She was a disgruntled contestant who failed to make it past the preliminary competition," and she objected to the pageant's decision to allow transgender contestants. He wrote that the way the contest is judged "precludes any reasonable possibility that the judging was rigged."
Katz said Sheena's allegations on Facebook and NBC's "Today" show cost the pageant a $5 million fee from a potential 2013 sponsor.
Sheena hails from Cranberry, Pa., so it's no wonder her comments were a little tart.
Issue no longer Syria's
According to the Los Angeles Times
, NBC News' chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel
, and two members of his production team, producer Ghazi Balkiz
and cameraman John Kooistra
, have been released after five days in captivity in Syria.
They were already in Turkey when they discussed their ordeal Tuesday morning on "Today."
"It is good to be here," Engel said. "I'm very happy that we're able to do this live shot this morning."
Engel said the trio was traveling with Syrian rebels in what they believed was a safe area (dude, an elementary school in Connecticut isn't a safe area) when a group of about 15 armed men ambushed them. One of the rebels was killed "on the spot." Engel and his team were blindfolded and bound.
"We weren't physically beaten or tortured. It was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed," Engel said. "They made us choose which one of us would be shot first, and when we refused, there were mock shootings. They pretended to shoot Ghazi several times."
The group was freed in a gunfight when their kidnappers unexpectedly encountered a rebel checkpoint while moving the men to another safe house.
Engel believes his kidnappers are members of the Shabiha, Shiite Muslims loyal to Bashar Assad.
* With a role in "This Is 40," new
mom Megan Fox is making the publicity rounds.
She told Jay Leno that "Pregnancy brain is a very, very real thing. I had it so bad that Brian (husband Brian Austin Green) wouldn't let me drive anymore. I would do things with my cellphone, like I would go get the juice out of the refrigerator and I would leave my phone in the refrigerator . . . Or I would be walking around yelling, 'Where is my phone?' but it would be in my hand . . . .
"Then finally I was driving once and I was talking to one of my friends and we were at a yield sign and I was so engrossed in what she was talking about, that I just stopped driving - and we were in the middle of Los Angeles traffic. Brian was like, 'That's not gonna happen again; I'm gonna drive you everywhere from now on.' It was bad. It's dangerous!"
* The late "Moon River" crooner
Andy Williams had a passion for Navajo blankets. He assembled a museum-quality collection that's slated to be auctioned for more than $1 million next year.
The bold, colorful wool blankets decorated his home and office and also the Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo., where they hung "alongside large photographs of Mr. Williams with other musical legends of the 20th century like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand," said David Roche, Sotheby's consultant on American Indian art.
The sale is scheduled for late May - when blankets are usually not necessary. So plan ahead.
* In another episode of "The Rich Get Richer," Burberry has chosen 10-year-old Romeo Beckham - son of Victoria and David - as a new face of the clothing brand.
Romeo will be featured in ads for Burberry's spring/summer 2013 collection and wears one of Burberry's signature trench coats in the campaign.
For the record, if Tattle sees a 10-year-old walking around in a trench coat, we're calling the cops.
* Showing a modicum of good taste, TMZ.com reports that following the Newtown school murders, stations around the country yanked Ke$ha's new single "Die Young" off their radio playlists.
* An L.A judge has finalized Zooey Deschanel's divorce from Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, her husband of roughly three years.
"New Girl" seeks new man.
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.