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Dethroned Miss Delaware is suing Miss America pageant

Dethroned Miss Delaware Files Lawsuit Against Pageant

If you're 25, you're over the hill -- at least if you want to be Miss America.

Last month, 24-year-old Amanda Longacre was stripped of her title as Miss Delaware for being too old and now the former beauty queen is suing the pageant for $3 million in damages. In June, the Miss America organization not only stripped Longacre of her title but took back $11,000 dollars in scholarship money, all because she would turn 25 one month after the pageant. A pageant she hasn't even won yet!

The beauty queen claims she was clear about her age and birthdate from the start and was told that as long as she was under 25 at the time of the pageant she was in compliance with the rules. The organization's website states that eligible contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 24.

Carolyn Nelson, media relations coordinator for the Miss Delaware organization spoke with with NBC in June and confirmed that Longacre accurately reported her birth date on applications.

According to Delaware Online, the lawsuit alleges that the Miss America organization knowingly recruits ineligible contestants. And in this case, that a top pageant official offered Longacre a wine and cheese pajama party to make up for the age snafu.

The suit filed on Wednesday also seeks the restoration of her titles as Miss Pike Creek and Miss Delaware and the ability to complete the full years reign in the state as well as an age waiver to complete in the Miss America pageant.

First runner up Brittany Lewis was crowned Miss Delaware two days after Longacre was stripped of her crown, and her fate in the competition is now up in the air.

In a brief statement to Delaware Online the Miss America organization said "This case has no merit and we will vigorously defend it." This year's Miss America pageant is held September 14th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Cindy July 17 2014 at 5:41 PM

What a croc! They knew how old she was when she signed up, and they didn't have a problem with it then, so there shouldn't be a problem now. If you're going to have an age limit of 17-24, then you shouldn't sign up people who will pass that age during the timeframe. Pageant's fault, pure and simple. That girl probably spent a small fortune to be in that pageant, and she deserves to keep her winnings. If not the crown and active title, at least the money and should be hers.

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Judy Cindy July 18 2014 at 7:53 PM

She shoouldn't have to give up anything at all....she one the title fair and square; hands down!

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Bruce Cindy July 19 2014 at 11:02 PM

Not so, dear. Any contestant is required to know the rules if they expect to compete. The quivering chin routine notwithstanding, it's not a "technicality"-- it's a RULE. Vanessa Williams cried the same crocodile tears when she was de-throned for appearing in photos that could AT BEST be considered "soft-core porn"-- ALSO contrary to the rules of the pageant.

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crowland503 July 17 2014 at 4:39 PM

Too bad the American People can not dethrone the phony White House King of the United States of America! Save America from a Despot who seeks to bankrupt this nation into a third world country!!!

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Pat July 17 2014 at 4:56 PM

just another pretty young white girl ...

can you imagine if she were black and the title was taken away from her?

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lpengrg July 17 2014 at 4:25 PM

Just another whiney muney grubbing b18ch! She knew the rules but she can't take responsibility for getting caught breaking them.

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debra.smith928 July 17 2014 at 8:13 PM

She's an idiot. And all of you that support her are also idiots.

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itzvern July 17 2014 at 5:20 PM

This article left out the part where she had to be 24 until the end of the year. She turned 25 before years end.

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yayabeanes July 17 2014 at 9:48 PM

Not a fan of these since I grew up in the 60's to 70's with sisters who won pageants...But this is total BS...She was of age during and shortly after.

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Dianne July 18 2014 at 5:53 AM

Winners have had titles taken away for publically using drugs or exposing themselves. This girl did nothing but has been put on the Group W bench without just cause.
The Delaware/ Miss America pageant made the mistake. I don't believe it will be a huge hardship for them to let her keep a rhinestone crown and $11,000.
The pageants should have to pay for their mistake, too.

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podcat1023 July 17 2014 at 5:50 PM

If she was 25 while the contest was going on then she should of left and not even been in it. She is just trying to get money. I am quite sure she read the rules and knew what she was doing and knew she was on the border line of 25

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jcollina July 18 2014 at 6:27 AM

If the application form asked for a date of birth, and if I were running the pagent, I would be making her a settlement offer.

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