Colombo police on Thursday arrested the current Mrs World on charges of assault over an on-stage disturbance in which she pulled the crown off the head of the new Mrs Sri Lanka.

Caroline Jurie snatched the crown off Pushpika de Silva minutes after she was declared Mrs Sri Lanka in a Sunday gala at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna theatre. Jurie was the previous year’s Mrs Sri Lanka and had gone on to win the Mrs World competition organized by a California-based company.

De Silva needed hospital treatment after the incident, seen by stunned spectators in a packed venue as well as a live social media audience. “We have arrested Jurie and her associate, Chula Manamendra in connection with a charge of assault and causing damage to Nelum Pokuna theatre,” senior police official Ajith Rohana said. De Silva told reporters outside a police station in Colombo Thursday that she was ready to drop the charges if Jurie made a public apology, but she had refused. Police said a court hearing was fixed for April 19 and Jurie and her associate who crashed the stage on Sunday were released on bail Thursday.

Towards the end of Sunday’s ceremony, Jurie had claimed that de Silva was divorced and therefore ineligible for the prize. To qualify for the title, contestants must be married. De Silva is not living with her husband, but they are still legally married.

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