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Attorney: Revels Does Not Want Lawsuits Settled By Arbitration

Posted February 3, 2003 5:11 a.m. EST

— The Miss North Carolina case was back in court Monday, with the attorney for Rebekah Revels arguing that his client should not have to settle her lawsuits through arbitration.

Attorney Barry Nakell said Revels should be allowed to sue both the state pageant and Miss America pageant in court without going through arbitration.

Lawyers for both pageants said Revels signed contracts requiring her to try to settle disputes through arbitration. Officials with Miss America have agreed to pay $10,000 to help handle the case through arbitration.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Narley Cashwell, who heard arguments Monday, last year ordered arbitration in Revels' lawsuit against the Miss North Carolina pageant.

Cashwell and Nakell reportedly shouted at each other before breaking for lunch. Nakell had asked for a delay for a few days to respond to court filings by the pageant he said he had just received in court.

In December, federal Judge James Fox combined the lawsuits against the Miss America pageant and the state pageant, moving the litigation to state court.

Revels won the Miss Fayetteville and Miss North Carolina pageants and was on her way to the Miss America competition when an ex-boyfriend threatened to reveal topless photos of her.

She resigned as Miss North Carolina but was allowed to participate in the preliminary Miss America festivities.

Several lawsuits and court orders later, Revels sat in the audience during the Miss America pageant as Misty Clymer of Raleigh represented North Carolina.