Thursday, February 7, 2008

Katie Rees More Pictures in the News

I was sorry to see Katie Rees make the news again for all the wrong reasons, her first brush with fame came about as pictures of her floated around the web, much as the pictures I just write about with the Hong Kong scandal.

Katie Rees (born Katherine Rees on 11 August 1984 in St Petersburg, Florida) is a former American beauty queen who has held the Miss Nevada USA title. She was to compete in the Miss USA 2007 pageant but was dethroned in December of 2006 following the release of pictures of her semi-naked, intimately kissing another woman, sucking the nipples of other women, and simulating cunnilingus and fellatio at a Florida nightclub three years prior.

Rees won the Miss Nevada USA 2007 title in a state pageant held in Las Vegas on 8 October 2006; it was her first attempt at this title. Rees was crowned by outgoing titleholder Lauren Scyphers. Her "sister" titleholder, Miss Nevada Teen USA 2007, was Danielle Hashimoto.

On 20 December 2006, allegations of Rees exhibiting raunchy behaviour in a Florida nightclub were made, and several photographs of Rees exposing her left nipple, kissing and licking other women, and simulating sexual acts were released to the media. This followed a scandal involving Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, in which news reports claimed Conner had been drinking underage; Conner was allowed to retain her title.

Las Vegas news station KVBC reported that the investigation into Rees began after several photographs of Rees appeared on the MySpace page of Tiffany Masters, who according to the station promotes "legitimate escort services" called "Vegas Arm Charms" and "VIP Eye Candy." How Masters obtained the photographs and what her relationship is to Rees has not been established.

On 21 December 2006, Rees was stripped of her crown by the Miss Universe Organization with the approval of pageant co-owner Donald Trump. She was succeeded by pageant first runner-up Helen Salas, who represented Nevada in the Miss USA 2007 pageant in March.

On 27 January 2007, Celebrity Web Site TMZ.com published one of the sets of photos that got Rees in trouble with the Miss Universe Organization,

On 6 August 2007, Rees appeared on the television show Dr. Phil on an episode entitled "Caught in the Act."

On 6 February 2008, Rees was arrested after allegedly assaulting a police officer after a traffic stop at 3:00 a.m. in Las Vegas.

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