What really happened behind the scenes of the Miss Universe Indonesia pageant? Seven finalists claim they were sexually harassed on the sidelines of the competition. They allege pageant organizers forced them to strip two days before the coronation to pass “physical exams,” as several local media reported. The 30 finalists would have been forced to comply with the rule, but only seven of them have now filed a police report.
Representatives of the Miss Universe Indonesia pageant organization, PD Capella Swastika Karya, reportedly asked the young women to undergo these tests to detect “blockages, cellulite or tattoos”. “The finalists were not aware that they would be subjected to such a procedure because it was appropriate in the first place,” said Miss lawyer Melissa Angreni.
All five finalists were photographed by the organizers during these auditions. “At a press conference broadcast by the Compass TV news channel, one of the complainants said he was asked to pose inappropriately, including spreading his legs,” the agency writes. British newspaper Reuters.
According to Melissa Angreni, the number of complainants may increase in the coming days. The complaints “will be the basis for further investigations,” said Jakarta police spokesman Trunoyuto Wisnu Antigo. Held in the Indonesian capital since 1952, the beauty pageant aims to select Indonesia’s representative at the annual Miss Universe pageant. This year, it will be held in El Salvador on November 18.
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