Texas beauty queen Caitlin Cifuentes lost her title this week after news came out that she has a criminal record.
The brunette, who was crowned the first-ever Miss Corpus Christi Latina on June 11, is currently under "deferred adjudicated probation," which means she pleaded "guilty" or "no contest" to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated.
According to Fox News Latino, the pageant's director, Kayla Alvarez, was aware of Cifuentes' criminal charges, which made her ineligible to compete, but allowed her to take part in the contest regardless. When the Texas Latina was crowned, her big win drew backlash from contestants and officials alike.
Six contestants have even filed a lawsuit against Alvarez for letting Cifuentes participate.
"Kayla Alvarez willfully and knowingly violated countless terms of the contractual agreement by allowing Caitlin Cifuentes to participate in and ultimately win the pageant," the lawsuit states.
The women seek $100,000.
But Alvarez has not backed down from her decision to allow the beauty queen to compete. "Just because you have a bad background ... doesn't mean that should hold you back from accomplishing your goals," Alvarez told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. "She's worked very hard and the judges saw that and she won fair and square."
The Organization of Miss America Latina doesn't share Alvarez's sentiments, however.
Acirema Alayeto, the organization’s founder, said Cifuentes, whose probation stipulates that she wasn't allowed to leave her county to participate in the competition, should have long been removed.
"The Organization of Miss America Latina, Inc ... will NOT honor Ms. Cifuentes' application as a candidate for our National Pageant," Alayeto said in a statement. "In addition, (the organization) does not recognize Caitlin Cifuentes as the winner of the Miss Corpus Christi Latina Pageant held on June 11, 2016. Cifuentes does not have the proper credentials to hold such a title."
Runner-up Valeria Barrera, who is one of the women suing Alvarez, has been named the new Miss Corpus Christi Latina.