Texas beauty queen gets stripped of crown due to aggravated assault, DUI charges

The first-ever Miss Corpus Christina Latina, Caitlin Cifuentes, lost her title this second week of July after pageant participants she was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated.

Six contestants sued Kayla Alvarez, the pageant’s local director, claiming Alvarez knew of Cifuentes’ record but still allowed her to participate in the pageant, stating “Kayla Alvarez willfully and knowingly violated countless terms of the contractual agreement by allowing Caitlin Cifuentes to participate in and ultimately win the pageant.”

In defense of her action, Alvarez, who is in her first year as pageant director, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, “Just because you have a bad background…doesn’t mean that should hold you back from accomplishing your goals. She’s worked very hard and the judges saw that and she won fair and square.”

However, Organization of Miss America Latina, Inc. founder and president Acirema Alayeto said Cifuentes should have been disqualified from the competition weeks ago.The title of Miss Corpus Christi Latina was transferred to Valeria Barrera, who is one of the women who filed a lawsuit against Alvarez.

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