After emails leaked in which Miss America CEo allegedly fat and slut-shamed Mallory Hagan, she fired back with a powerful response. Watch here.
Miss America CEO, Sam Haskell, is under fire for allegedly sending disgusting emails about 2013 Miss America winner, Mallory Hagan. Sam’s alleged emails went public via The Huffington Post on Dec. 21, and in them, he allegedly makes horrible comments about Mallory’s weight and sex life. “OMG she is huge…and gross,” he allegedly wrote in one message. In another string of messages, he allegedly slut-shamed Mallory, telling head Miss America writer, Lewis Friedman, “We lost count of the number of men she slept with at 25.” In other emails, he allegedly devised a plan to have Mallory “ostracized” and have her social media “shut down.” Sam also allegedly tried to jeopardize Mallory’s post-Miss America career by suggesting her new agent not put effort into their business relationship. Lewis, along with board members, Tammy Haddad and Lynn Weidner, have also been accused of sending horrible emails about Mallory and other contestants, like Gretchen Carlson.
After the shocking emails surfaced, Mallory took to Twitter with a live video, in which she got noticeably emotional, but also admitted how relieved she was that this was finally coming to light. “The story that broke today is one that is extremely difficult for to relive,” she admitted. “I’ve felt very strongly about these things over the last couple of years, and just didn’t have any way to prove that they were happening. So now that I have proof that they are happening, or they happened, rather, it feels pretty validating.” She made a point to distinguish the Miss America Organization from Sam and other leaders who have allegedly acted inappropriate. “My hope is that this story will bring light tot the type of behavior that’s been in the leadership of the Miss America organization and really help us put in place some people who care and who embody the mission of Miss America.”
It was toward the end of her video, when Mallory addressed others that may have went through similar experiences, that she started to cry. “I really hope that it’s inspiring to, not only the young women who participate, but young women everywhere, that having someone bully you, belittle you, demean you,degrade you in any way is not okay,” she said, breaking down. “I hope this is an inspiration to be fierce and to stand p for yourself because it does matter and you have the power and your voice matters.”
In a statement released to the Huffington Post, the Miss America Board of Directors confirmed that they have formed an investigative committee to look into this situation. Lewis Friedman has already been terminated from his position. He responded in a statement, “Before commenting to correct your information and provide context, I’ll speak to my attorney as this matter is the subject of pending litigation.”
MovieMagicians, are you shocked by the alleged emails that Sam sent?