Colombo police on Thursday arrested the present “Mrs International” on fees of attack over an on-stage fracas during which she pulled the crown off the top of the brand new “Mrs Sri Lanka”.
Caroline Jurie yanked the crown off Pushpika de Silva mins after she was once declared “Mrs Sri Lanka 2020” in a Sunday gala at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna theatre.
Jurie was once the former 12 months’s “Mrs Sri Lanka” and had long past directly to win the “Mrs International” festival organised via a California-based corporate.
De Silva wanted health facility remedy after the incident, observed via shocked spectators in a packed venue in addition to a are living social media target market.
“We’ve arrested Jurie and (her affiliate) Chula Manamendra in reference to a fee of attack and inflicting harm to Nelum Pokuna (theatre),” senior police professional Ajith Rohana mentioned.
De Silva instructed newshounds outdoor a police station in Colombo Thursday that she was once able to drop the 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 mentioned. “I will forgive, however now not disregard.”
Police mentioned a court docket listening to was once mounted for April 19 and Jurie and her affiliate who crashed the level on Sunday have been launched on bail Thursday.
Neither of them nor their legal professionals spoke to newshounds outdoor the police station.
In opposition to the top of Sunday’s rite, Jurie had claimed that de Silva was once divorced and subsequently ineligible for the prize. Her marvel announcement sparked unruly scenes mins after the manager visitor, High Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s spouse Shiranthi, had left the theatre.
To qualify for the name, contestants will have to be married. De Silva is estranged from her husband, however they’re nonetheless legally married.
The native franchise holder for the competition, Chandimal Jayasinghe, mentioned they have been “deeply disturbed and sincerely remorseful about” the behaviour of Jurie.
Jayasinghe mentioned they have been claiming repayment from Jurie for damages to the level and behind the curtain dressing rooms the place a number of mirrors were smashed.
The rumpus additionally supposed the development dragged on two hours longer and theatre control demanded an extra rate of part 1,000,000 rupees ($2,500), Jayasinghe added.
Jurie has additionally been accused via organisers of bringing disrepute to the development.
Social media calls were mounting to strip Jurie of her “Mrs International” name, with one meme calling for her to be rebranded as “Mrs Below International”.
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