Hours after crowning her last beauty queen, the Miss America Organization published the results of an investigation into the intimidation claims that shook the contest, alleging that there was no crime.
The claims were filed by Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, who claimed that President Gretchen Carlson intimidated her during the rest of her reign.
Mund was not interviewed for the report and now her lawyer has marked the investigation, commissioned by the Miss America Organization, "dishonest" and "a complete cal".
In Mund's letter, he stated that he had been left out of meetings, his wardrobe had been ridiculed and he was told to remain at the back of the room and remain silent during a meeting with the contestants.
She had offered to meet with investigators after the next Miss America was crowned on Sunday, but the parade officials insisted that it had to happen before then.
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Outgoing Miss America Cara Mund, who made accusations of intimidation against organizers, crowns Miss New York Nia Franklin Miss America 2019
Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News anchor (in blue) and now president of the Miss America contest allegedly intimidated the outgoing winner: says that an internal investigation of the allegations, by a third party, says they were unfounded
Both Carlson and the executive director of the Miss America contest, Regina Hopper (right), were accused of having "intimidated" Cara Mund during the course of a year of his reign.
The report aimed to end a turbulent year in which the former leaders of the Miss America Organization were forced to resign due to a misogynistic email scandal, new female leaders were appointed and the contest swimsuit round decreased.
But it does not seem that the problem will disappear soon.
"None of the information collected indicates that it was treated in a way that would be considered inappropriate in a typical business environment or in this particular work context," the report reads, which was carried out by a consulting firm of employment offices. hired by third parties. for the Miss America Organization.
Roger Haber, Mund's lawyer, rejected the report.
"This document is not only dishonest, but a complete cover-up," he said. & # 39; Contains a series of unsubstantiated conclusions, without any factual basis. It was what we expected when the MAO decided to continue without talking to Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, the person who raised the accusations in the first place.
In a letter sent to the former Miss Americas in August, Mund broke her silence about how she feels she was treated under the leadership of Carlson and Hopper.
"Allow me to be frank: I firmly believe that my voice is not heard or loved by our current leadership, nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to the positioning of the organization for the future," Mund wrote.
The report also found no evidence to support claims that Mund was silenced or retaliation for expressing concerns about his treatment.
During the final of the nationally televised parade on Sunday night, Mund only appeared at the end before Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was crowned as her successor. Mund was not allowed to speak live; instead, a recorded segment of 30 seconds of his speech was transmitted.
They asked Franklin shortly after winning the crown what must happen for the organization to overcome its current difficulties.
Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin poses during a press conference, early Monday, September 10, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey
"I do not want to seem smug, but I think you're looking at it," Franklin told reporters. "I think it's going to be a wonderful year." It's about the leadership, mentoring and brotherhood that is in this program, and if we focus on those positive aspects, that's what will keep this organization going. "
The competition on Sunday night was the first without a swimsuit competition in the 98-year history of the event. Franklin said the changes were a welcome modernization.
"I've already seen so many young people contact me personally as Miss New York asking them how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they do not have to do things like walk in a bathing suit for a scholarship … And I'm happy I did not have to do it to win this title tonight because I'm more than that, "said Franklin. "And all these women on stage are more than that."
A classical vocalist whose parade platform is "advocating the arts", Franklin sang an opera selection from La Boheme opera on Sunday night.
She wrote her first song at age five. It was "Love, love, love, love, it's the only thing that matters to me, hey, hear, hear, hear, hear". At the suggestion of an Associated Press reporter, he sang the song at his post-victory press conference when the audience members snapped their fingers.
The fourth finalist was Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras; the third finalist was Miss Florida Taylor Tyson; the second finalist was Miss Louisiana Holli & # 39; Conway, and the first finalist was Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei.
The swimsuits were replaced by on-stage interviews, which have generated eye-popping comments from the contestants regarding President Trump, and protests from NFL players, among other topics.