Both the Miss Universe Organizers and the 2011 winner Miss Angola Leila Lopes have denied allegations that false documents helped her win the crown.
Lopes was caught in a scandal claiming she used false documents to help her advance to win the competition. However, since the rumors surfaced, they were quickly shut down during an interview on a Spanish show called Al Rojo Vivo.
According to AOL Latino, Lopes, 25, said she doesn't know where the allegations are coming from and that she won't be bothered by them.
I honestly don't know where they got that information. I gave Miss Universe all the required documentation. I'm legal, Lopes said, according to AOL. I just would like to begin the work of Miss Universe. What was said doesn't affect me because I know that [the naysayers] are in the wrong and I'm in the right. I have the documentation in my hands.
Argentine daily newspaper Infobae alleged that a man called Charles Mukano falsified documentation so that Lopes could participate in the Miss Universe pageant. The paper also claimed that Mukano helped Lopes win the Miss Angola UK ? through false documentation ? when Lopes presumably lived in Angola.
But not so, according to the Miss Universe Organization, in an e-mail sent to AOL Latino.
We also heard the rumor that her parents were from Cuba and [that] she speaks Spanish, which is false, the Miss Universe Organization wrote in an e-mail to AOL Latino last week. We have never heard of [Charles Mukano]. The national director who ran the Miss Angola pageant is Renato Guttler.
And to those claims Lopes also responded saying: I'm 100 percent Angolan. The last name Lopes comes from the fact that Angola was colonized by the Portuguese