“Mrs World” has been arrested on Thursday on charges of assault for pulling off the crown off the new “Mrs Sri Lanka”.
Caroline Jurie, 28, the current “Mrs World” yanked the crown off Pushpika de Silva, 31, the current “Mrs Sri Lanka” few minutes after she was declared “Mrs Sri Lanka 2020” in a Sunday gala at Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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.
Pudhpika De Silva received treatment at the hospital treatment after the inceident happened. The spectators were stunned beyond words as the event unfold before them in a packed venue as well as a live social media audience.
Senior Police official Ajith Rohana said. “We have arrested Jurie and (her associate) Chula Manamendra in connection with a charge of assault and causing damage to Nelum Pokuna (theatre).”
De Silva said she is willing to drop charges if only Jurie made a public apology, but Jurie has adamantly refused to make such apology.
“I tried to end this out of court, but she has refused, I can forgive, but not forget.”
Police said a court hearing was fixed for April 19 and Jurie and her associate who crashed the stage on Sunday were released on bail Thursday.
Few minutes after the Chief Guest of the event, Shiranthi Rajapaksa, the wife of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s wife left the theatre, Jurie surprised the audience when she announced De Silva was divorced and therefore ineligible for the prize.
To qualify for the title, contestants must be married. Pushpika De Silva is estranged from her husband, but they are still legally married and that made her eligible for the contest.
Chandimal Jayasinghe, the local franchise holder for the pageant, said they were “deeply disturbed and sincerely regret” Jurie’s behaviour.
Jayasinghe said they were claiming compensation from Jurie for damages to the stage and backstage dressing rooms where mirrors were smashed.
The event dragged on two hours longer than estimated, so theatre management are asking for additional fee of half a million rupees ($2,500), Jayasinghe added.
Jurie has also been accused by organizers of bringing disrepute to the event.
There have been calls for Jurie to be stripped off of her “Mrs World” title and its gaining momentum.