‘Mrs World’ Arrested for Seizing Crown from ‘Mrs Sri Lanka’ Head | Sri Lanka
Police arrested the reigning “Ms. World” on assault charges over a crash on stage in which she ripped the crown from the head of the new “Ms. Sri Lanka”.
Caroline Jurie snatched the crown from Pushpika de Silva minutes after being declared “Ms. Sri Lanka 2020” at a gala on Sunday at the Nelum Pokuna Theater in Colombo.
Jurie was “Mrs Sri Lanka” from the previous year and won the “Mrs World” competition organized by a company based in California.
De Silva had to be hospitalized after the incident, seen by stunned onlookers in a crowded room as well as a live audience on social media.
“We have arrested Jurie and (his partner) Chula Manamendra in connection with a charge of assault and damage to Nelum Pokuna (theater),” said senior police official Ajith Rohana.
De Silva told reporters outside a Colombo police station on Thursday that she was prepared to drop the charges if Jurie issued a public apology, but she had refused.
“I tried to end it amicably, but she refused,” De Silva said. “I can forgive, but not forget.”
Police said a court hearing was set for April 19 and Jurie and his associate who crashed the scene on Sunday were released on bail Thursday.
Neither they nor their lawyers spoke to reporters outside the police station.
Towards the end of Sunday’s ceremony, Jurie claimed that De Silva was divorced and therefore ineligible for the award. Her surprise announcement sparked unruly scenes minutes after main guest Shiranthi Rajapaksa, wife of Sri Lanka’s prime minister, left the theater.
To qualify for the title, applicants must be married. De Silva is estranged from her husband, but they are still legally married.
The local franchise holder for the contest, Chandimal Jayasinghe, said they were “deeply disturbed and genuinely regretted” Jurie’s behavior.
Jayasinghe said they were seeking compensation from Jurie for damage to the stage and backstage changing rooms where several mirrors were smashed.
The uproar also meant that the event dragged on for two more hours and theater management demanded an additional fee of half a million rupees ($ 2,500), Jayasinghe added.
Jurie was also accused by the organizers of discrediting the event.
Calls on social media have mushroomed to strip Jurie of her title of “Mrs World”, with a meme calling for her to be renamed “Mrs Under World”.