Colombo police on Thursday arrested the current “Mrs. World” for assaulting an on-frac stage, in which she pulled the crown from the head of the new “Mrs. Sri Lanka”.
The Caroline jury took the crown from Pushpika Silva shortly after it was declared “Mrs. Sri Lanka 2020” on Sunday’s gala at the Nelum Pokuna Theater in Colombo.
Juri was “Mrs. Sri Lanka” last year and went on to win the “Mrs. World” contest organized by a California company.
Pushpika De Silva needed treatment at the hospital after the incident, which was seen by a lively social media audience as well as a shocked audience in a crowded theater.
Senior police officer Ajit Rohana said, “We have arrested Juri and (his associate) Chula Manmendra on charges of assault and damaging Nelum Pokuna (theater).”
De Silva told reporters outside Cinnamon Gardens Police Station in Colombo on Thursday that she was willing to drop the charge if the jury publicly apologized, but she refused.
“I tried to eliminate it from the court, but she refused,” said de Silva. “I can forgive, but not forget.”
There was no immediate comment from the jury or its lawyer.
Police sources said the court hearing was likely to take place next week and that Juri and his accomplices who crashed on stage on Sunday could be granted bail on Thursday.
Juri had claimed that De Silva was divorced and therefore ineligible for the award.
To qualify for the title, contestants must marry. De Silva is separated from her husband, but they are still legally married.
Organizers said they were claiming damage from the jury to the stage and backstage dressing room, where several mirrors were smashed.
The jury has also been accused by the organizers of disputing the incident.
The local franchise holder for the pageant, Chandimal Jaisinghe, said they had “been deeply upset and sincerely regretting” Juri’s behavior.
Social media calls are rising to junk her “Mrs. World” title, with a meme asking her to rebrand her as “Mrs. Under World”.
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