The arrest and subsequent charges brought up against one beauty queen for her connection with the use of homemade bombs this week has rocked the beauty pageant world. Despite Miss Riverton, Utah, Kendra McKenzie Gill, claiming her use of the weapons were only "prank," she is not the only pageant star to find herself on the wrong side of the law.
According to a report from the Salt Lake City Tribune, Gill, 18, was one of three caught throwing a total of nine homemade bombs out of a car window at homes and residents of Riverton late Friday evening. The teen, who first obtained her crown in June, told authorities that the bombs, which was created using plastic bottles, aluminum foil and household chemicals, were only fireworks. Authorities said no injuries were reported.
Gill was arrested on suspicion of detonating an incendiary device following the incident this past weekend. According to a report from ABC News, the teen was held on $50,000 bond and was released Sunday night. It is unknown whether Gill will continue on in the upcoming Miss Utah pageant or perform her Miss Riverton duties following the arrest.
Here are three other beauty pageant queens who have also had legal trouble:
A porn video featuring a woman that looked suspiciously like then 18-year-old Miss Delaware Teen USA, Melissa King, resulted in her immediate resignation in Feb. despite vehement denials she starred in the flick. After denying her participation, GirlsDoPorn.com revealed the beauty queen’s contract with the website in which she used her legal name: "Melissa King."
Unfortunately for the teen, a stint in the adult industry wasn’t her only public hiccup. According to a report from the News Journal, King was sentenced one year of probation in April in connection with underage alcohol charges she obtained in Maryland in 2012. King was last known to be attending college at higher-education facility in the western U.S.
Contract violations and the release sex tape featuring a teenage former Miss California USA 2009, Carrie Prejean, resulted in her dethroning the same year. The now 26-year-old Christian beauty queen, who admitted the mature video was legitimate, referred to the tape’s release as the biggest mistake of her life."Did I think it would come back now and haunt me? No. But I think that a lot of young people can learn from this,” Prejean told the Today Show.
According to Us Weekly, Prejean admitted the tape was created with a former boyfriend in mind and technically did not show her participating in any sexual acts. "I was a teenager.I cared about him. I trusted him,” she said. Since her dethroning, Prejean has released the memoir: “Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate and Political Attacks.”
Former Miss Pennsylvania USA, Sheena Monnin, found herself in a beauty pageant-related controversy after blasting Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant by calling the entire organization “fraudulent” on her Facebook page. Trump responded to the claims by presenting Monnin with a $5 million defamation lawsuit after she alleged 2012 Miss USA pageant finalists were chosen prior to the show’s live broadcast.
According to a report from the Huffington Post, a judge ruled in Trump’s favor in Dec. 2012, stating that Monnin had stated defamatory comments and “show a reckless regard” for the real estate moguls beauty pageant organization.