Sri Lanka arrests ‘Mrs World’ over assault

COLOMBO: Colombo police on Thursday arrested the present “Mrs World” on fees of assault over an on-stage fracas during which she pulled the crown off the pinnacle 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” in a Sunday gala at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna theatre.
Jurie was the earlier 12 months’s “Mrs Sri Lanka” and had gone on to win the “Mrs World” competitors organised by a California-based firm.
De Silva wanted hospital therapy after the incident, seen by surprised spectators in a packed venue in addition to a dwell social media viewers.
“Now we have arrested Jurie and (her affiliate) Chula Manamendra in reference to a cost of assault and inflicting injury to Nelum Pokuna (theatre),” senior police official Ajith Rohana mentioned.
De Silva advised reporters exterior a police station in Colombo Thursday that she was able to drop the costs if Jurie made a public apology, however she had refused.
“I attempted to finish this out of courtroom, however she has refused,” de Silva mentioned. “I can forgive, however not overlook.”
Police mentioned a courtroom listening to was mounted for April 19 and Jurie and her affiliate who crashed the stage on Sunday had been launched on bail Thursday.
Neither of them nor their legal professionals spoke to reporters exterior the police station.
In the direction of the tip of Sunday’s ceremony, Jurie had claimed that de Silva was divorced and due to this fact ineligible for the prize. Her shock announcement sparked unruly scenes minutes after the chief visitor, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s spouse Shiranthi, had left the theatre.
To qualify for the title, contestants have to be married. De Silva is estranged from her husband, however they’re nonetheless legally married.
The native franchise holder for the pageant, Chandimal Jayasinghe, mentioned they had been “deeply disturbed and sincerely remorse” the behaviour of Jurie.
Jayasinghe mentioned they had been claiming compensation from Jurie for damages to the stage and backstage dressing rooms the place a number of mirrors had been smashed.
The rumpus additionally meant the occasion dragged on two hours longer and theatre administration demanded an extra payment of half 1,000,000 rupees ($2,500), Jayasinghe added.
Jurie has additionally been accused by organisers of bringing disrepute to the occasion.
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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