Mrs World Caroline Jurie got arrested by Colombo police on Thursday and was charged with assault on Mrs Sri Lanka.
Caroline Jurie had on Sunday got involved in a public fiasco when she pulled the crown off new Mrs Sri Lanka Pushpika de Silva’s head on stage. It happened moments after de Silva was announced the winner of the pageant organised at Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo.
What happened at the Mrs Sri Lanka contest?
On Sunday, Jurie went on stage where Pushpika de Silva was given the crown of Mrs Sri Lanka and yanked the crown off the winner’s head. Jurie alleged that de Silva doesn’t deserve to win the competition as she is a divorcee. During the brawl, de Silva suffered head injuries and later she issued a legal notice against Jurie.
As per the rules of the pageant, only married women can participate. Jurie had made serious allegations that could strip the crown away from Pushpika de Silva. an investigation was made. It was proved later that de Silva is actually divorced from her husband but separated. This did not serve as a ground to denounce de Silva’s title.
Caroline Jurie refused to apologise
As the Mrs Sri Lanka pageant was live telecasted, many people saw the fiasco that took place on the stage. After filing the charges against Jurie, de Silva said that will drop the charges if Jurie gives a public apology. According to de Silva, Jurie refused to do so.
The Colombo police official Ajith Rohana said in a statement, ” We have arrested Jurie and (her associate) Chula Manamendra in connection with a charge of assault and causing damage to Nelum Pokuna (theatre).”
Pushpika De Silva was seen addressing the media outside the Cinnamon Gardens police station in Colombo. She said, “I tried to end this out of court, but she has refused.”
“I can forgive, but not forget,” she added. So far there hasn’t been any official statement made by Caroline Jurie or her lawyers. The police said that the hearing of the case against Jurie will be held in court sometime next week. They added that Jurie and another person involved in the alleged assault will be given bail after Thursday.
The organisers of the pageant have also asked Caroline Jurie to compensate for the damages done on stage and the dressing rooms. They claimed that several mirrors were smashed in the dressing rooms backstage. They said that they are “deeply disturbed and sincerely regret” Caroline Jurie’s behaviour.