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Ingrid Marie Rivera, Miss Puerto Rico 2008, won the chance to compete for Miss Universe by beating out 29 other contestants on Sunday in spite of her competition gown and cosmetics testing positive for pepper spray, in what many believe to be a alleged sabotage. Rivera maintained her composure and applied ice packs to her hive-covered body when she was not on camera, while also suffering a bomb threat and the theft of her credit cards. However, police officials find it a little strange that she was able to stop crying between camera appearances. People reports:
The reported skepticism about Rivera prompted Today show host Meredith Vieira to inquire on Tuesday’s broadcast if, possibly, crime-scene investigators believe the pepper-spray claim may have been imaginary. “They’re saying, they think she made it up?” Vieira asked reporter Kerry Sanders, who replied: “They’re looking into it. They’re curious.” Rivera is due to be interviewed on Wednesday’s Today show, where, on Tuesday, co-anchor Matt Lauer said he intended to get to the bottom of the mystery.”
I have no idea who any of these people are, but I just watched the Today Show and Meredith Vieira just debuted at #5 on my “People I’d Most Like to Pepper Spray” poll. Congratulations, Meredith!