BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Miss Universe Thailand favourite Chayathanus "Cheraim" Saradatta was removed from the contest on Wednesday (Sept 30) for using an insider for her personal benefit.
Ms Piyaporn Sankosik, executive director of TPN 2018, organisers of the Miss Universe Thailand pageant, held a press conference to announce the contestant's removal, saying all contenders had to follow the rules and regulations detailed in the contracts they signed.
She also pointed out that the contracts clearly state that no outsiders can be brought in as a mentor and that the organiser reserves the right to disqualify a contestant if she violates the rules.
Ms Piyaporn also said she has evidence to back the dismissal in case Ms Chayathanus wants to take the case to court.
She explained that she has CCTV footage of the "outsider", Ms Chayathanus's manager, attending more than three meetings.
"Cheraim called to say she will have her personal manager, who has been looking after her for two years, to come and meet me. But when the day came, I was shocked when I saw him (as he was a TPN staff member).
"She claims she is not well, but still wants to participate in the contest. She won't take part in activities, but wants to enter the final round because her costume is ready," Ms Piyaporn said.
She said Ms Chayathanus' manager, Mr Sithichai Reoviroj, is the only TPN staff member who has not signed his contract, adding that this case came to her attention when a journalist asked why this particular contender was being given more attention.
As a member of TPN staff, Mr Sithichai often shifted the media focus to Ms Chayathanus.
"She is a well-behaved, smart girl and we love her, but rules are rules," Ms Piyaporn said.
Meanwhile, in a television interview, the contestant said she accepted the decision and apologised for not reading her contract carefully. Her manager, meanwhile, claimed to have never seen the contract.