Miss England, Rachel Christie, has forfeited her crown after a nightclub incident involving Miss Manchester, Sara Beverley Jones.
Christie, 21, allegedly punched Jones, 24, in the face and police were called to the nightclub around 1AM Monday. The dispute allegedly took place over a man- David McIntosh, Tornado from Sky1’s Gladiators. The BBC reports that Jones used to date him, and he is currently seeing Christie, which may have lead to the confrontation.
Organizers of the Miss England pageant released a statement about the incident:
“Due to the media attention following the allegations against her, Rachel Christie has now decided to withdraw from the Miss World competition and relinquish her Miss England crown.
“Rachel will concentrate on clearing her name and focus on training for the 2012 Olympics until this case is resolved.”
In addition to being the first black Miss England, Christie is also a heptathlete training for the 2012 Olympics. Christie is free on bail until January 2010, and police are currently seeking witnesses to the incident.