Venus Raj denies allegedly sabotaging Miss Australia’s national costume, says they are "very close"

Showbiz Central video: Venus Raj denies "sabotage" of Miss Australia’s costume

Miss Universe fourth runner-up Venus Raj has denied speculation that she is one of the suspects of the alleged costume sabotage of Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell, reports Showbiz Central. The Miss Universe second runner-up has claimed that the top of her national costume was lined with pins on the August 24 coronation night, according to The Daily Telegraph. She did not point any fingers, but she said candidates from the Philippines, Mexico, and Central and South American countries were "extremely competitive."

Raj said in the Showbiz Central report, "Hindi ko matandaan kung ano ’yong national costume niya and definitely hindi ko gagawin ’yon. And I know hindi niya sinabi ’yon talaga, I swear...We’re very close. Roommates kami sa L.A. May best friend siya na Pilipino." Raj added that she did not know Campbell’s hotel room in Las Vegas, where the coronation night was held.

("I definitely cannot do something like that. I don’t even remember what her national costume looked like. And I am sure she did not accuse me of sabotaging her costume. We are very close, and we were roommates in Los Angeles. Her best friend is Filipino.")

The Bicolana also cited Campbell’s tweets saying she did not accuse Raj of lining her costume with pins. One of Campbell’s tweets read: "completely untrue!! It’s upsetting that this has happened, Venus and I were roommates and are really good friends!! xx"

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