Miss Universe Organisation cuts ties with Indonesian franchise

WASHINGTON: The Miss Universe Organization on Wednesday announced to end association with the Indonesian franchise holder and cancel the Malaysia pageant for this year. This decision comes after contestants raised allegations of sexual harassment against local organisers.

In a statement sent via email, the US-based organization explained that it had chosen to terminate its agreement with PT Capella Swastika Karya and its national director, Poppy Capella.

“In light of what we have learned took place at Miss Universe Indonesia, it has become clear that this franchise has not lived up to our brand standards, ethics, or expectations,” MUO posted on Saturday night.

Poppy Capella also holds the license for Miss Universe Malaysia.

Six participants from Miss Universe Indonesia had lodged formal complaints with the police, accusing organisers of subjecting them to inappropriate “body checks,” as reported by their lawyer earlier in the week.

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