Former MU President Paula Shugart to sue Anne Jakrajutatip over false corruption allegations

19 Feb 2024 | Priya Bhardwaj

Former Miss Universe President Paula Shugart, through her official social media, announced her decision to consider taking a legal action against Miss Universe owner Anne Jakrajutatip over false corruption charges during her tenure.

Her official announcement was as follows, “Since announcing my resignation in November of 2023, I have sought to stay out of the spotlight, electing not to comment on any of the changes within the Miss Universe Organization, seeking only to quietly help the brand and its stakeholders, when requested, with my historical knowledge and guidance. However, recent false and outrageous comments made by Miss Universe owner Anne Jakrajutatip impugning my character have compelled me to break my silence.



Normally, I would choose to ignore such assertions but, by suggesting that I am corrupt and took money “under the table” to secure placements in Miss Universe competitions, Jakrajutatip not only defames me, but she also discredits the women who have won the Miss Universe crown by implying their titles were “bought” and not earned by merit. I cannot abide by such dangerous and reckless assertions, which degrade the Miss Universe brand and its Titleholders.

I am presently considering my legal options in Thailand and what actions I might take. However, given that my complaint will be just one of many legal actions currently facing the owner of JKN, it is imperative for the Miss Universe brand and its legacy that I immediately speak the truth and condemn these words before taking any action in Thai courts and I am reserving all rights to claim for damages.

I have no intention or need to engage in drama on social media and I will not do so. Anyone who knows me knows the truth and what I stand for. I will let my years of work with some truly incredible women speak for itself.”



Former Miss Universe titleholders came out in support of the former President who dedicated her life to create a name for Miss Universe organization. Irrespective of the outcome, the whole debacle only shows Miss Universe in a bad spotlight, a pageant that has created change throughout the world through humanitarian causes and its advocacy.