Miss Grand International 2021 Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien. Photo from Tien’s Instagram
In its final judgment announced Tuesday, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court rejected businesswoman Dang Thuy Trang’s claims against Miss Grand International 2021 Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien over alleged debts and compensation for “violation of reputation”, citing “lack of evidence”.
Trang sued Tien in November last year, claiming the beauty pageant winner failed to pay him a 1.5 billion dong debt that Tien allegedly borrowed in 2017 to prepare for her appearance in a beauty pageant the same year.
Trang claimed Tien signed a promissory note as proof she had borrowed the money and accused the beauty pageant star of tearing up the document.
She thus asked Tien to pay her a total amount of 2.4 billion VND in money owed and in compensation. Trang also said he was owed a public apology.
The Go Vap District People’s Court tried the case in May this year.
Denying all of Trang’s claims citing “lack of concrete evidence”, the verdict was in favor of Tien.
Trang then filed an appeal with the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court.
During the call, Trang maintained her claims that she had given VND1.5 billion in cash to Tien and that Tien had destroyed the promissory note.
Tien denied the claims, saying she did indeed sign the note, but ultimately did not receive any money from Trang.
The trial jury concluded that Trang could not provide any evidence to support the claim that she had actually given the money to Tien, and therefore denied that the beauty queen owed her money.
Therefore, he also rejected Trang’s demands for compensation and Tien’s apology, calling them “baseless.”
Ordering the judgment to take effect immediately, the court announced that Tien had officially won the appeal.
Trang later filed another appeal against the decision.
Tien, 24, was crowned Miss Grand International 2021 in Bangkok, making her the first Vietnamese woman to win the beauty pageant.