Trump wins $5M in arbitration with Miss USA hopeful
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 4:35
- Date Dec 19, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Concession on the docket today a ruling in Donald Trump's battle with a beauty queen you may remember Sheen and -- and the former miss Pennsylvania who quit the miss USA competition in June claiming a fellow contestant had seen a list containing the top five winners.
They were officially announce before they even got to the sweet sixteen in a pageant.
She called the pageant fraudulent.
Well Donald Trump sued her on behalf of his miss universe organization miss USA -- a part of that claiming that she had defamed the organization.
A judge in arbitration.
Just agreed with mr.
trump and awarded -- miss universe organization five million dollars in damages.
Was that the right decision.
Let's ask our panel.
Every now Arthur a dollar former prosecutor now defense attorney and just billboard saying pedigree well I'm all right so.
I have to say when he first -- that I thought I that's just -- you feel like -- he said but she's entitled to her opinion.
But this arbitration judge did not see it that way this is a big win for the Donald Arthur.
Yeah it is a big win I mean.
Hopefully Donald Trump doesn't five million bucks but I don't really want to donated to charity and I don't get well let's be honest I don't think -- movement -- five million dollars but just so everyone understands this was an arbitration was in the trial so basically what that means is.
It's is the judge who sits in the room or easy -- -- a former judge.
Who just sits in a room and he is both sides however he didn't hear both sides.
The contestant decided she did cargo lord is that they were gonna participate so only the Donald and his people got their say -- -- participate Jana.
You know that's a good question may be this way if she figured if -- got the deep ball judgment it might be easier to I don't know.
File bankrupt thinking if the -- He's never gonna need this money I'm telling you and you -- not for not then.
But -- -- -- -- -- -- may be -- -- might even agree with that I think it would have gone an entirely different way because the key to this kind of defamation suit.
Is to prove malice on the part of the -- ever which in this case of the former miss Pennsylvania.
This is like a bad game atop -- behind the -- -- -- said this that your DIW and.
It it would cut submitted about.
I -- can you tell your exactly what did she say that was probably.
False she basically said that the whole thing is rigs that -- farce that it's not an.
Does that mean that was who the meaning behind -- had a conversation with miss Florida is Florida who -- The top five contestants.
Before they were even Maradona did you said that accurately to the top sixteen contests it's not like.
She -- Truman's before they would take in the paper for one piece one place to another place.
That I had a big amount of time before and they dirty nu wood down the top five when they were still.
I think sixteen people left in the -- the.
-- -- -- the list so the whole thing was rigged it was they knew that is going to be in the top five and and Donald Trump -- came out and said.
That's baloney not even Ernst and young -- they used -- a -- ironies here there -- being young they got the I did they know I mean at that that they were -- he said because you know -- this was to keep the results and they don't know who.
It is -- and that's.
Essentially why Donald Trump won this deal and I'm funny I'm gonna debt.
That part of your contract and even getting into the content did you have to agree to arbitration right if you're going to sue and I don't know if it's she's now waived her right to actually.
File an actual lawsuit because of it or not that might think another reason like you didn't Bob I think well.
I think what really but he might yet matter he is just what that what the judge actually said judge Katz he said.
After hearing the evidence the method in which -- miss USA pageant is judge precludes.
Any reasonable possibility.
That the judging was raped.
So we heard.
How what the processes.
And he determined and obviously if people like -- that young aren't bothered their reputation is on the line that I her -- and predation but it's -- -- I can't prove actual -- he -- -- they had to print -- had to prove that she may be things with actual malice because he and his organization -- public figures we and the judge said.
Yes you've met -- -- she had actual mountain -- I know why because.
Steve shipping and I want you -- disgruntled contestant machining and make it into some preliminary rounds that we're gonna -- they said.
She was described -- because they allowed transgender.
Individuals into the pageant so she had a motivation.
Decisions like yeah yeah with malice and -- and that made eight -- -- malicious quickly Donna no she would have to be out now lying in order to meet the malice standard that's why I think that's our idea.
Let's just agree with me judge did the judge said she fabricated a story about miss Florida telling the names of the five finalists -- I gotta -- that he -- in my.