Miss North Carolina

With a new Miss North Carolina scheduled to be crowned Saturday, it is still not clear who will place the tiara on the winner's head.

Wake Superior Court Judge Narley Cashwell on Friday denied Rebekah Revels' request to alter his order prohibiting Miss North Carolina pageant officials from recognizing Revels or Misty Clymer as the official winner.

Revels won last year's contest but later resigned amid allegations that a former boyfriend had taken topless photos of her.

Clymer was the first runner-up and was named to replace Revels. She participated in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.

Revels sued the state pageant and the Miss America Organization, saying she was forced to resign.

Cashwell ruled that state pageant officials could not recognize either woman until Revels' lawsuit was settled in arbitration. Revels' arbitration hearing is scheduled for July seventh, but this year's pageant starts Wednesday.

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