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Miss Monnin does not have a listed phone number and did not respond to Facebook messages seeking comment. Attorneys for the pageant said they forwarded her the arbitration action directly because they did not know whether she had retained a lawyer.

Mr. Balber said the action filed with the private arbitration company is confidential under the terms of the contestant contract, but that Miss Monnin could release it if she wished.

Earlier this week, pageant organizers released the text of Miss Monnin’s resignation email; it doesn’t specifically mention rigging but does mention organizers’ decision to allow transgender contestants into the competition.

In the “Today” interview, Miss Monnin did not deny the transgender contestant issue played a role in her resignation.

“There are a myriad of reasons why I’m resigning,” Miss Monnin said. She went on to point out that same email mentioned “fair play” but didn’t elaborate what she meant at the time.