Shocking Allegations Rock Miss Universe Indonesia: Scandalous ‘Body Checks’ and Franchise Fallout Revealed!

Multiple accusations have emerged, implicating Miss Universe Indonesia in instances of sexual harassment. These allegations include claims that contestants were coerced into participating in compulsory topless “body checks.” These distressing revelations have prompted authorities in Indonesia to initiate a formal investigation into the matter.

In response to the gravity of the situation, the Miss Universe Organization took a definitive stance on the issue. In a statement posted on X (formerly known as Twitter), the organization announced its decision to sever ties with the Indonesian franchise, citing a clear violation of the organization’s ethical standards and code of conduct. The organization expressed its disappointment that the franchise failed to uphold the high standards and values outlined in their franchise handbook.

The Miss Universe Organization explicitly stated its intent to terminate its association with the current Indonesian franchise, PT Capella Swastika Karya, along with its National Director, Poppy Capella.

It’s worth noting that the usage of the term “swastika” in the company’s name holds a connection to Hindu symbolism rather than any association with National Socialism.

The allegations encompass testimonies from at least six women who detail instances of sexual harassment involving mandated topless “body checks.” These checks, allegedly performed to scrutinize skin conditions and cellulite, have raised serious concerns about the treatment of contestants.

The Jakarta police have taken these allegations seriously and have commenced their own investigation into the matter.

In addition to the repercussions faced in Indonesia, the Miss Universe Organization also confirmed that the Miss Universe Malaysia competition for the current year has been cancelled. This decision comes as a result of the Indonesian franchise’s involvement in overseeing the Malaysian contest.

Poppy Capella, who holds the position of director within the Indonesian franchise, has responded to these allegations via an Instagram post. In her statement, she vehemently denies any involvement or knowledge of violent or sexually harassing actions during the organization of Miss Universe 2023. She asserts that her role as National Director and licensee holder was entirely disconnected from any actions of this nature, including the alleged body checks.

Every year, aspiring Indonesian women compete for the honor of representing their nation in the prestigious Miss Universe competition. The reigning Miss Indonesia, Fabienne Nicole Groeneveld, is poised to participate in the global Miss Universe event scheduled to take place in El Salvador this November.

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