COLOMBO: Colombo police on Thursday arrested the present “Mrs World” on fees of assault over an on-stage fracas through 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 shocked spectators in a packed venue in addition to a stay social media viewers.
“We have arrested Jurie and (her associate) Chula Manamendra in connection with a charge of assault and causing damage to Nelum Pokuna (theatre),” senior police official Ajith Rohana mentioned.
De Silva informed reporters outdoors 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 tried to end this out of court, but she has refused,” de Silva mentioned. “I can forgive, but not forget.”
Police mentioned a courtroom listening to was fastened for April 19 and Jurie and her affiliate who crashed the stage on Sunday have been launched on bail Thursday.
Neither of them nor their attorneys spoke to reporters outdoors the police station.
Towards the top 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 have been “deeply disturbed and sincerely regret” the behaviour of Jurie.
Jayasinghe mentioned they have 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 price of half one million 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 Under World”.