“Miss Sri Lanka” winner Pushpika De Silva was taken to the hospital Sunday night, after another pageant winner leaped onto the stage to take her crown.
Moments after being crowned “Miss Sri Lanka 2021,” fellow Sri Lankan and 2020 “Miss World” winner Caroline Jurie leaped onstage. In front of the assembled audience at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo, Jurie grabbed the microphone to announce she was acting based on a rule disqualifying divorcees from winning the title.
“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. In the ensuing chaos, Jurie pulled the crown from De Silva’s head and placed it on the runner-up, who began to cry as Jurie embraced her.
De Silva was reportedly hospitalized for head injuries and “trauma”