Colombo police Thursday arrested the present “Mrs World” on fees of assault over an on-stage fracas by which she pulled the crown off the top 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” at a Sunday gala at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna theatre.
Jurie was earlier 12 months’s “Mrs Sri Lanka” and had gone on to win the “Mrs World” competitors organised by a California-based firm.
Pushpika de Silva wanted hospital remedy after the incident, seen by shocked spectators in a packed theatre in addition to a dwell social media viewers.
“We now have 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 stated.
De Silva advised reporters exterior the Cinnamon Gardens police station in Colombo Thursday that she was able to drop fees 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 stated. “I can forgive, however not neglect.”
There was no speedy remark from Jurie or her lawyer.
Police sources stated a court docket listening to was seemingly subsequent week and Jurie and her affiliate who crashed onto the stage on Sunday may very well be granted bail later Thursday.
Jurie had claimed that de Silva was divorced and subsequently ineligible for the prize.
To qualify for the title, contestants have to be married. De Silva is estranged from her husband, however they’re nonetheless legally married.
Organisers stated they have been claiming compensation from Jurie for damages to the stage and backstage dressing rooms the place a number of mirrors had been smashed.
Jurie has additionally been accused by organisers of bringing disrepute to the occasion.
The native franchise holder for the pageant, Chandimal Jayasinghe, stated they have been “deeply disturbed and sincerely remorse” the behaviour of Jurie.
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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