Sri Lanka arrests ‘Mrs World’ over on-stage fracas


Sour grape: Jurie forcibly removing De Silva’s crown during the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant in Colombo. — Reuters

Colombo: Colombo police on Thursday arrested the current “Mrs World” on charges of assault over an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the 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 previous year’s “Mrs Sri Lanka” and had gone on to win the “Mrs World” competition organised by a California-based company.

De Silva needed hospital treatment after the incident.

Jurie and her associate Chula Manamendra – in connection with a charge of assault and causing damage to the theatre – were arrested.

De Silva said she was ready to drop the charges if Jurie made a public apology, but she had refused.

Police said a court hearing was fixed for April 19 and Jurie and her associate who crashed the stage were released on bail on Thursday.

Towards the end of Sunday’s ceremony, Jurie had claimed that de Silva was divorced and therefore ineligible for the prize. Her surprise announcement sparked unruly scenes minutes after the chief guest, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse’s wife Shiranthi, had left the theatre.

To qualify for the title, contestants must be married. De Silva is estranged from her husband, but they are still legally married.

The local franchise holder for the pageant said they were claiming compensation from Jurie for damages to the stage and backstage dressing rooms where several mirrors had been smashed. — AFP

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