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Judge: N.C. Pageant Can No Longer Schedule Appearances For Revels, Clymer

Posted October 10, 2002

— A judge ruled Tuesday that neither Misty Clymer nor Rebekah Revels should wear the Miss North Carolina crown. However, the judge said his ruling should not stop both women from making appearances.

Judge Narley Cashwell said Tuesday's ruling addresses the North Carolina pageant association. He said the pageant can no longer set up appearances for the women, but that Clymer and Revels can make appearances as long as they are scheduled on their own.

Cashwell said he made the decision because during the arbitration period he would have no control over pageant decisions. He said he was concerned pageant officials would be able to do anything they wanted to do. The arbitration is expected to last a few days.

Barry Nakell, Revels' attorney, filed a motion Wednesday to ask the judge to reconsider his ruling.

"Their contracts provide they can't identify themselves as Miss North Carolina without the consent of the Miss North Carolina pageant organization," Nakell said.

Attorneys for Clymer said their client will continue to schedule appearances as Miss North Carolina. Revels plans to attend an event as Miss North Carolina on Sunday.

The controversy over the crown began iwhen Revels' ex-fiance, Tosh Welch, told pageant officials he allegedly had topless photos of the beauty contestant. Revels filed a lawsuit, suing for damages and to recover the alleged photos.

Welch did not appear in court in Robeson County to bring those pictures to the courtroom. A judge ordered Welch to turn over the photos by Oct. 15 or he will be held in contempt of court.

WRAL has learned that Welch has hired an attorney in Robeson County to handle his legal situation.


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