Sunday 11 December 2016

Donald Trump says he now owns all of the Miss Universe pageant

* US Presidential candidate says he has bought NBC's share of pageant

Published 11/09/2015 | 19:12

Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump
Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said on Friday he had bought NBC's share of the Miss Universe Organisation and that all lawsuits against the media company had been settled.

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"Just purchased NBC's half of the Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against them. Now own 100% - stay tuned!," the billionaire property developer said in a tweet.

Donald Trump (C) and (L-R) Miss Ireland 2010 Rosanna Purcell, Miss Kosovo 2008 Zana Krasniqi, Miss France 2009 Chloe Mortaud, Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek, and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey attend a photocall at Chelsea Piers, Studio 59 on July 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
Donald Trump (C) and (L-R) Miss Ireland 2010 Rosanna Purcell, Miss Kosovo 2008 Zana Krasniqi, Miss France 2009 Chloe Mortaud, Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek, and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey attend a photocall at Chelsea Piers, Studio 59 on July 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)

No financial details were given.

The Miss Universe Organisation, which also runs the "Miss USA" pageant, was a joint venture between Trump and Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal.

NBC Universal cut ties with Trump and the "Miss Universe" and "Miss USA" pageants in June after the real estate magnate and TV personality said that some Mexican immigrants are rapists and killers.

Spanish-language Univision had earlier refused to air the Miss USA pageant and severed ties with the Miss Universe Organization, prompting Trump to sue the company.

Trump is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Fallon's late-night talk show on NBC later on Friday.

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