Feedback
News

Mexico Drops Out of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant

Donald Trump files $500 million lawsuit against Univision 2:09

Fallout from Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with the outspoken mogul — and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which Trump partly owns.

Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech, declaring that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.

The company did not give any details about the project it had been developing with Trump. Slim holds a majority interest in Ora TV, which produces shows including "Larry King Now" and "Off the Grid with Jesse Ventura."

Image: Lupita Jones
Former Miss Universe Lupita Jones says via her official Twitter account that she was offended and angry "like everyone else" with Donald Trump over his comments referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. Lynne Sladky / AP

Spanish-language network Univision and Mexican media giant Televisa have also said they would no longer be doing business with Trump.

Last week, Univision announced it was cancelling plans to air the Miss USA pageant next month and the Miss Universe competition next January.

NBC followed suit on Monday by saying it would also skip both pageants, which it co-owns with Trump, and would not welcome Trump back to host "The Celebrity Apprentice" upon its scheduled return next season.

NBC said it would fill Miss USA's time slot on July 12 with "American Ninja Warrior's" USA vs. the World Competition.

RELATED: Cheryl Burke steps down as Miss USA pageant co-host amid Trump controversy

Trump called NBC "weak" and "foolish" for objecting to his immigration comments, and on Tuesday he filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for breach of contract. He has also threatened legal action against NBC.

In a statement Tuesday, Univision called Trump's complaint "factually false and legally ridiculous."

"We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to fight against Mr. Trump's ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made on June 16th about Mexican immigrants," the network said.

Image: Josselyn A. Garciglia
Miss Mexico, Josselyn A. Garciglia, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla. on Jan. 21, 2015. J Pat Carter / AP

The Miss Universe contest will not only be missing those TV outlets, but also a contestant from Mexico, the country's national beauty pageant director confirmed on Tuesday.

Lupita Jones said via her official Twitter account that she was offended and angry "like everyone else" with Trump over his comments referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

Jones was Miss Universe 1991 and runs the Mexico competition. She said Trump damaged the pageant and its tradition of convening countries for an event that showcases "friendship, unity and breaking down cultural barriers."

She applauded Televisa's decision not to air the pageant.