Miss America 2018 Cara Mund is standing by her claims that she has been bullied and silenced by the leadership of the organization.
“I knew I had to stand up, not just for me but for the volunteers and the next girl,” she said Thursday during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Mund previously referenced being “punished” if she spoke up about problems with the Miss America Organization. Asked whether she thought she could be stripped of her title due to a breach of contract, Mund said, “it’s possible.”
“Of course we are not firing Cara Mund, and anything to the contrary is patently false,” a spokesperson for the Miss America Organization told The Press of Atlantic City. “The hope is for a peaceful resolution and a steadfast conclusion as attention is laser-focused on the show in Atlantic City next month.”
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The Miss America Organization said they are not scheduling any interviews, providing comments or supplying additional statements at this time.
Last week, Mund penned a letter to former Miss Americas, asking for support and explaining the difficult time she has had under board Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, including being punished after a recent interview with The Press of Atlantic City.
Mund said Thursday she brought her concerns to Miss America staff members in January and met with the board of directors in May, but still felt unheard.
“I strongly believe my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership,” Mund wrote in the letter.
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The Miss America Organization responded to the letter Friday evening, saying the matter would be dealt with privately. Sunday night, Carlson posted a response on Twitter, denying Mund’s claims and adding the organization lost a potential $75,000 in scholarship money as a direct result.
“I didn’t get reached out to until midnight the day I sent out the letter,” Mund said Thursday.
Mund said she was also left off a weekend phone call between Carlson and several former Miss Americas to address the controversy.
However, Mund said she has “had so much support” from 23 former Miss Americas and more than 21,000 supporters who have signed an online petition and started the #StandWithCara hashtag.
“When the letter leaked out, I was so nervous. I was scared I’d be called a liar, which I was,” she said.
Miss America 2019 will be crowned Sept. 9 at Boardwalk Hall.
“I really hope that the support I’ve had will carry over,” said Mund.