Scandal

Does Trump Fix Miss Universe Pageant?

Buried in a lengthy interview about Heidi Montag's music career and the relative "oomph" of Venezuelan women, Miss Universe choreographer Michael Schwandt describes an "odd" Donald Trump ritual: "At all the shows, he pops in the day before the telecast and we line up all the girls in alphabetical order... he basically walks by and has an assistant that takes notes... And it's just kind of common knowledge that he picks six of the top 15 single-handedly." Interviewing blog Guanabee asks point-blank: "So, he's orchestrating at least a portion of the results?" Schwandt answered in the affirmative, explaining that Trump had "left it all up to preliminary judging in the past and some of the most beautiful women, in his opinion, were not in the top 15 and he was kind of upset by that." Gawker notes that Schwandt's account may reveal a direct violation of Miss Universe's rules.