September 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The former Miss Nevada U-S-A, dethroned over
raunchy photos posted online, apologized today as her attorney
pleaded for the pageant queen to be given a second chance.
Katie Rees, who appeared in photos revealing a breast, exposing
her thong underwear and kissing other young women at a party in
Tampa, says her behavior was an "isolated incident."
She read a prepared statement at a news conference in
Her attorney, Mario Torres of Tampa, asked that Miss Universe
Organization co-owner Donald Trump grant Rees the same opportunity
he gave Miss U-S-A Tara Conner, who was allowed to keep her tiara
after she tearfully admitted drinking as a minor at New York
nightclubs. The Miss Universe Organization owns the Miss U-S-A
pageant and others.
A Miss Universe spokeswoman has said organization president
Paula Shugart made the decision to strip Rees of her title and
Trump supported it. An e-mail sent to a secretary for Trump was not
immediately answered today.
Shugart has said first runner-up Helen Salas will assume the
Miss Nevada title.
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