UPDATE: Miss Asia Pacific World's charges and counter-charges continue
After May Myat Noe, Miss Myanmar and dethroned Miss Asia Pacific World 2014, said in her September 2 press conference that she would only return the crown upon an official apology from the pageant organizers to her country, the pageant organization has hit back with a list of allegations. What will Miss Noe do next?
Previously, the organizers had accused Miss Noe of running away with the $100,000 bejeweled crown, but Miss Noe said she returned to Myanmar before she was aware that she was dethroned. She also refuted the pageant's allegation that she was "dishonest, unappreciative and untrustworthy." She said the organizers lied about her age, wanted her to have breast enhancement surgery, and even wanted her to escort rich businessmen in Korea.
In response, the pageant organizers launched their own media campaign with detailed allegations, titled as "Lies made by Miss Aung." (They said her full name is May Myat Noe That Htet Aung.) They included a list of her detailed schedule and money spent while she was in Korea. They circulated photos that purportedly showed Miss Noe recovering after a breast augmentation surgery. They said Miss Noe was the one who lied that she was 18 while she was only 16. They rejected the claim that they had asked Miss Noe to escort rich businessmen.
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David Kim, director of media for the South Korea-based Miss Asia Pacific World, said of Miss Noe, "She looks like an angel, but she is the devil. She is lying, lying, lying."
Apparently Miss Noe will now take her case directly to the Korean people. On September 12, it was reported that Miss Noe has agreed to an interview on Korean's leading TV channel, MBC. Her mother, San San Htwe, said, “We decided to accept their offer because we want to answer their questions truthfully. We want the [Korean] media to know the truth.” She also said she will sue if the company does not apologize. The report did not say when the interview will take place.