Reigning Miss England beauty pageant title holder Rachel Christie has given up her crown after being accused of getting into a bar fight, according to UK sources.
Pageant organizers say Christie, a 21-year-old heptathlete, has also withdrawn from next month's Miss World finals in South Africa to focus on clearing her name.
This will also give her more time to train for the 2012 Olympics.
British newspapers reported Rachel Christie got into a dustup with another beauty queen - Miss Manchester Sara Beverley Jones - in a nightclub earlier this week.
Officers were called after Christie, who is dating Gladiator star Tornado – real name David McIntosh – allegedly punched Jones, in the face several times.
Miss England Rachel Christie decked Sara Beverley Jones and gave up her crown to "focus on clearing her name," i.e. beat her bosses to the punch. No pun intended.
Christie is said to have attacked her after Jones showed her a "saucy" text message from the Sky One program star. Christine struck and Jones went down hard.
The incident happened during an "adult" themed costume night at the club im which Christie was dressed as an angel, and Jones was dressed as a cavegirl.
Greater Manchester Police said Friday that a 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault after a melee at the city's Mansion nightclub Monday.
UK police will not release the names of people accused of crimes until they are formally charged in court. She was released on bail pending further enquiries.
Shocking that more and more beauty queens seem to be less than well-adjusted individuals. We need to get this free-swinger in a cage with Carrie Prejean.