(CNN) - Donald Trump is having the last laugh after a former Miss USA contestant trashed his pageant.

TMZ reportsa judge ruled Sheena Monnin defamed the Miss Universe Organization and awarded it $5 million in damages.

Trump sued after Monnin, a former Miss Pennsylvania, claimed the pageant was rigged and trashy, saying the top five pageant finishers were selected before the show started.

Trump gave her 24 hours to take back her statements, she refused.

The case went to arbitration.

In a statement to TMZ, Trump said he had no choice but to sue, and called the ruling "an expensive lesson for her."

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