Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado is facing intense scrutiny now that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton mentioned her Monday night during the first presidential debate and it turns out the ex-beauty queen may have a skeleton or two in her closet.
Less than two years after winning the crown, Machado was accused of threatening to kill a Venezuela judge who charged her boyfriend, Juan Rafael Rodriguez Regetti, with attempted murder, according to The Associated Press.
The news agency reported in February 1998 that the judge claimed he was threatened after issuing an arrest warrant for Rodriguez.
A Venezuela judge said Thursday a former Miss Universe threatened to kill him after he indicted her boyfriend for attempted murder.
Venezuelan beauty queen Alicia Machado threatened “to ruin my career as a judge and … kill me,” Judge Maximiliano Fuenmayor said on national television. …
Rodriguez, 26, is accused of shooting and wounding his brother-in-law, Francisco Antonio Sbert Mousko, outside a church in Caracas last November where Sbert’s wife _ Rodriguez’s sister _ was being eulogizing.
Rodriguez apparently blamed Sbert for driving her to commit suicide.
And there’s more.
Machado’s former boyfriend’s family accused her of driving a getaway car after Rodriguez allegedly shot and wounded Mousko, the AP reported. Fuenmayor did not indict her, citing insufficient evidence.
In an effort to disparage GOP nominee Donald Trump with women and Latino voters at Monday night’s debate, Clinton accused Trump of being verbally abusive toward Machado for gaining weight after being crowned Miss Universe in 1996.
“One of the worst things he’s said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said. “He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she’s Latina.”
After the debate, the Clinton campaign released a video of Machado saying she was verbally abused by Trump, who owned the Miss Universe pageant from 1996-2015. Machado also made the rounds on cable news repeating the allegations.
…though an appearance on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” did not pan out too well for her.
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