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State Pageant Officials Want Miss N.C. Case To Head To Arbitration

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Pageant Association asked a Wake County judge Tuesday to send the lawsuit filed by Rebekah Revels to arbitration.

Attorneys for the Pageant Association said Revels' contract stipulates that is what should happen. The request comes after Revels' contract was reinstated by a court. However, Revels wants to pursue a jury trial, so that she may receive damages. Barry Nakell, Revels' attorney, claims the contact was one-sided and arbitation was cost-prohibitive for Revels.

Revels resigned as Miss North Carolina in July after her former fiance, Tosh Welch, told pageant officials he had topless photos of her. Misty Clymer was crowned Miss North Carolina after Revels' resignation and represented the state in the Miss America Pageant.

Nakell also filed a motion stating that the pageant should be held in contempt because it has not scheduledany appearances for Revels as Miss North Carolina.

"She is too fine a person to take that kind of treatment, and to be treated that way. She is their queen. They should be treating her as their queen but they are not. They haven't," he said. "They mistreated her when they terminated her contract. They mistreated her when they forced her to resign. They mistreated her in the way they represented her to the Miss America organization.

"They mistreated her and they are continuing to mistreat her, and that is not fair and Rebekah Revels is not going to put up with that. Rebekah Revels is too good of a person for that," Nakell said.

The judge said he will have a decision on the arbitration issue sometime this week. He also said he will hear arguments on the contempt motion on Friday.

Nakell said Revels was supposed to meet with state pageant officials Tuesday about her future with the organization. However, Nakell said when they found out he would be accompanying Revels, they canceled their meeting.


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