Miss Universe Indonesia: Several Miss Universe Indonesia candidates have registered police complaints accusing organizers of sexual abuse. The contestants were asked to take off their tops for “body checks” and photographs two days before the finals on 3 August, one of their lawyers said.
Miss Universe Indonesia: Contestants allege sexual abuse
Indonesian contestants at an Indonesian beauty pageant held in the capital Jakarta from July 29 to August 3 said organizers asked five of them to remove their clothes for physical checks in a room with more than 20 people, including men. Their lawyer, Melissa Anggreni, said that the five contestants were photographed topless and that there was no need for such an investigation.
Six contestants of the Miss Universe Indonesia pageant have filed police complaints alleging sexual harassment by the organizers. Contestants have alleged that they were subjected to topless ‘body checks’ during the competition. The police confirmed that the contestants have lodged a report which will be investigated.
Asked to Pose Inappropriately
The Indonesian beauty pageant was held in the capital Jakarta from 29 July to 3 August. The contestants have alleged that the organizers asked five of them to strip down to their underwear for a physical check-up in a room with more than 20 people, including men.
6 Miss Indonesia Universe contestants lodge a sexual harassment complaint
The contestants’ attorney, Melissa Anggreni, said there was no need for such an investigation. Six contestants had lodged complaints, he said. One of the complainants told a news conference broadcast by news channel Kompas TV that she was asked to pose inappropriately, including opening her legs.
“I felt like I was being stared at, I was very confused and uncomfortable,” said the unidentified woman. The broadcaster blurred his face. So far there has been no official statement from the organizers or the people behind the Miss Universe pageant.
Police Registered the Case
Jakarta police spokesman Trunoyudo Wisnu Endiko said a report was received on Monday from competitors and would be investigated. In the past, several religious groups in Indonesia have objected to beauty pageants. Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.
Jakapong Anne Jakarjutatip, a Thai celebrity media tycoon and transgender rights advocate, bought the Miss Universe Organization last year for $20 million. The competition in Jakarta was held to select Indonesia’s entry for the annual Miss Universe pageant to be held in El Salvador later this year.
The pageant, run by the Miss Universe Organisation, which was co-owned by Donald Trump between 1996 and 2002, has been running since 1952.