Dethroned Miss Delaware Files LawsuitBy: Mike Fossum - July 16, 2014
Former Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre is suing state pageant officials and the Miss America organization after being dethroned for being too old.
Longacre turns 25 in October, and pageant rules state that contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 24. Apparently, the fine print reads somewhere that contestants have to still be 24 by the end of the year. Due to this technicality, Longacre was stripped of her crown, and the Miss Delaware title went to her runner up, Brittany Lewis.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Delaware’s Court of Chancery, Longacre is seeking to be reinstated as Miss Delaware and to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant. The 24-year-old is also seeking $500,000 in damages for herself and $2.5 million for other contestants, who she believes were recruited to compete in pageants before being told they were too old. Longacre was originally cleared by pageant officials to compete.
Longacre also seeks an official pass to be able to compete for the Miss America title in September, restoration of her titles as Miss Pike Creek and Miss Delaware, and the full-term reign as Miss Delaware.
The lawsuit, which names others who were disqualified after competing, asserts that pageant organizations knowingly recruit ineligible contestants to augment dwindling participation, take advantage of them for fundraising and appearances, and then disqualify them.
The Miss America 2015 pageant runs from September 9-14 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will be broadcast live on ABC.
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