Miss Universe Thailand 2020 (MUT) favorite Chayathanus ‘Cheraim’ Saradatta has been disqualified from the race after it was revealed that her manager has been spying on the pageant organizers, TPN 2018.
Representatives of TPN 2018 said that the beauty contender is now disqualified after breaking a number of rules, making it unfair and unjust to the other contenders.
Among the reasons include:
- Cheraim having a manager, which is against pageant rules
- Her manager Sitthichai ‘Ken’ Reoviroj has been attending the organization’s meetings as an employee more than a total of five times, the number he claimed to have attended on Tuesday.
- Cheraim claiming she did not have a personal manager but was seeking advice from Sitthichai for health problems.
Citing evidence from CCTV footage, documents, and witnesses, the organizers said that they have all the relevant evidence and information needed and would be willing to attend court if the situation warrants itself.
Chayathanus ‘Cheraim’ Saradatta, a former model, has been one of the strongest contenders and a favorite among young people, mainly due to her quick-wit, charisma, and empowering messages.
Cheraim came under fire a couple of days ago when netizens discovered that a phone number associated with her Instagram account was that of her manager Sitthichai, who was also working for the organisers.
In a media conference on Tuesday, Cheraim, along with Sitthichai, said that she would not back out of the beauty pageant after entering the next stage with 29 other contestants, denying the allegations and claiming that she was here not to win, but to inspire people.
This case has sparked an online social media storm, with over 230k tweets under the hashtag #MissUniverseThailand2020, 486k under the hashtag #เฌอเอม (Cheraim), and over 13k tweets under the hashtag #เฌอเอมชญาธนุส (#CheraimChayathanus)