Court freezes Miss World contest assets
06/12/2002 - 15:58:53
The Miss World contest was facing fresh crisis today after it was revealed that the assets of the organising company have been frozen by order of the British High Court.
The order was granted to Nigerian art dealer and promoter Angela Onyeador, who claims she is owed nearly half a million pounds after agreeing to act as guarantor for the Miss World gala dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, London, on November 10.
Her spokesman Kizzi Nkwocha said: “Angela is disappointed by the manner in which Miss World have dealt with this matter.
“She tried to resolve the problem in what she hoped would be an amicable way, but the Miss World organisation have not been forthcoming.
“It is a shame that she has had to resort to court action, but really there was no other way.”
Mr Nkwocha confirmed that the assets of Miss World Holdings, the company owned by contest promoter Julia Morley, were made the subject of a freezing order by Mr Justice Peter Smith, sitting at the High Court in London on Thursday.
The order prevents the assets of the company from being used or dispersed without permission of the courts.
The case is due to return to court next week.
The legal crisis is the latest setback for Ms Morley, who was forced to abandon her plans to stage the pageant in Nigeria two weeks ago after violent protests led to rioting that claimed more than 200 lives.
It is now due to take place at Alexandra Palace tomorrow night.