Australian Survivor’s Sarah Marschke addresses claims she pushed a rival beauty queen off a bus during Miss World competition: ‘She saw me as a threat’
Beauty queen Sarah Marschke has come clean about rumours she pushed a rival contestant off a bus at the Miss World 2019 competition.
The 23-year-old, who recently starred on Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains, appeared on the TV Reload podcast this week to deny the accusations.
She had been accused of pushing Miss Greece Rafaela Plastira off a bus in 2019, causing Rafaela to sprain her leg.
Beauty queen and Australian Survivor star Sarah Marschke (pictured) has come clean about rumours that she pushed a rival contestant off a bus at the Miss World 2019 competition
Speaking to TV Reload, Sarah said she and Rafaela had been friends, but they fell out when she’d been awarded a team leader position over the Greek beauty.
‘I guess she saw that as a threat,’ the blonde explained.
Sarah then said she and Rafaela weren’t even on the same bus when the alleged incident took place and a security guard had told her Rafaela had tripped while exiting the bus, causing the injury.
‘It’s just bizarre because there was 111 countries and she picked Miss Australia,’ Sarah continued.
‘I did her hair for her, I helped her with her dress. And maybe she didn’t like how nice I was and saw me as a threat… Maybe she got offended by how bossy I was?’
Sarah (pictured in 2019) was accused of pushing Miss Greece Rafaela Plastira off a bus in 2019, causing Rafaela to sprain her leg
Sarah insisted the incident never happened.
‘I wasn’t even there,’ she said. ‘But that’s just the way that it goes in beauty pageants.
‘It’s cutthroat. If you’re in the lead or you’re looking to win, someone’s gonna stab you in the back.’
Rafaela first spread the allegations about Sarah back in 2019 in an interview with the Greek outlet Espresso.
‘We were coming back from an event and as I was getting off the bus Miss Australia was behind me and she pushed me with force. I fell and sprained my ankle. For two days I was in a wheelchair and I was unable to walk,’ Rafaela claimed.
Rafaela (pictured in 2019) made the shocking claims in an interview back in 2019
‘I’m still with gauze on my foot. The girl who assaulted me claims that it was a mistake and that it was an accident, but she pushed me on purpose. From the beginning Miss Australia was very rude and hostile towards me.’
Sarah’s controversial past landed her spot on the latest season of Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains as a member of the villains tribe.
She was eliminated from the series earlier this week, becoming the fifth contestant to be voted off.
Sarah’s controversial past landed her spot on the latest season of Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains as a member of the villains tribe
The decision came as a shock to the beauty queen, who was convinced she didn’t have any enemies in the tribe.
‘I was friends with everyone,’ she told 10Play.
‘But I guess that did backfire on me at the end of the day, because I didn’t really take the time to build those alliances and that trust.’
Sarah was eliminated from the series earlier this week, becoming the fifth contestant to be voted off