The 2019 winner of the “Mrs. World” competition and one other person were reportedly arrested Sunday after ripping the crown off the head of 2021’s “Mrs. Sri Lanka” winner and declaring that she was not eligible for the prize, injuring her in the process.
A Sri Lankan police spokesperson told the BBC that Caroline Jurie, the 2019 and reigning “Mrs. World” winner, was arrested along with another model over the incident, which occurred onstage as the “Mrs. Sri Lanka” winner was being announced.
“Police arrested Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra over Sunday’s incident on charges of simple hurt and criminal cause,” police spokesperson Ajith Rohana told the BBC.
According to the BBC, Jurie forcibly removed the crown from the head of Pushpika De Silva, the 2021 “Mrs. Sri Lanka” winner, while declaring that the crown must go to the runner-up due to De Silva’s alleged status as a divorcee, who are banned from winning the title under local rules.
“There is a rule that prevents women who have already been married and are divorced, so I am taking steps to make the crown go to second place,” Jurie said, according to the BBC, as she took the crown from De Silva’s head.
De Silva left the stage in tears, according to the news service, but later had her crown returned after event organizers confirmed that she was in fact married.
“We are disappointed. It was a disgrace how Caroline Jurie behaved on the stage and the Mrs. World organisation has already begun an investigation on the matter,” Chandimal Jayasinghe, the Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant’s national director, told the BBC in a statement.