Top UK beauty queen charged with ‘hate crime’ after being dragged out of event

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A beauty queen from Scotland is facing charges of committing a hate crime and causing disturbances during a sporting event in Edinburgh.

Police have reported 24-year-old Lucy Sophia Thomson to Scotland’s procurator fiscal, who will make a final decision on whether to take the case to court.

The current holder of the Miss Scotland crown, originally from Dunfermline, was allegedly caught on camera being evicted by security personnel from an Edinburgh City rugby sevens on June 17.

Video footage obtained by the Daily Record shows a blonde-haired woman being escorted off the Peffermill Playing Fields in the capital.

The woman is reportedly seen stumbling and being physically lifted up by security staff, as they try to get her back on her feet.

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Allegations then followed that a worker had been racially abused and assaulted at the event.

MK Event Services, who provided security at the event, refused to comment on the incident, saying it would be inappropriate to do so while police were investigating.

Ms Thomson was crowned Miss Scotland at a glamorous ceremony in Glasgow last July after seeing off hundreds of women to take the coveted title.

She is also a businesswoman who runs the Scottish Fashion Association – an events firm that aims to address “the challenges that the fashion communities face such as racism, sexism and gender inequality”.

In response to the video footage, the company issued a statement on Instagram, saying: “SFA are aware of the incident on June 17 2023.

“We are treating this matter exceptionally seriously, and will provide an update in due course.”

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In addition to her business and modelling activities, Ms Thomson is actively involved in charity work.

She founded World of BRAvery, which supplies underwear and period products to vulnerable women.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 24-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a disturbance and a hate crime at Peffermill Road in Edinburgh on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

“A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

In June, the Miss Scotland organisers confirmed they were aware of an incident and were “looking into it fully”.

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