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Former fiance of Revels turns over nude photos

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

LUMBERTON, N.C. -- The former fiance of Rebekah Revels, the Miss North Carolina who resigned after the Miss America pageant learned about nude photos of her, turned over the pictures Tuesday, her lawyer said.

Attorney Barry Nakell said in Robeson County court that Tosh Welch turned over the photographs just before a contempt hearing for Welch was to begin. Nakell would not describe the pictures in detail.

Welsh, an officer with the Cherokee Police Department, left the courtroom without comment.

Revels won the crown in June but resigned in July after the Miss America pageant received an e-mail indicating there were nude photos of her. Revels told pageant officials that the e-mail came from Welch.

Miss America officials received the e-mail July 19, advising them to ask Revels whether she has ever lived with her boyfriend and about the existence of nude photographs.

"Would you want to be represented by someone with a past?" the e-mail said. "Nude pics of Miss America bring in big bucks nowadays."

Revels has said she was changing clothes when Welch surprised her by snapping a picture of her topless.

Revels has sued Welch, accusing him of invasion of privacy, interference in her contracts and inflicting emotional distress.

After Revels resigned, she sought to reclaim her crown after the Miss North Carolina Organization had signed a contract with Misty Clymer, the first runner-up.

The 24-year-old Revels won a state judge's order last month that restored her title. The ruling from Wake County Superior Court Judge Narley Cashwell meant the state had two Miss North Carolinas -- Revels and Clymer.

A federal judge, however, refused in a separate lawsuit to force the Miss America pageant to accept Revels as a contestant.

Then Cashwell ruled last week that neither woman could represent the state as Miss North Carolina while Revels' claim against the state pageant for breach of contract is heard.

Cashwell also ruled that the claim, which Revels wanted a jury to hear, must be heard in arbitration as her contract with the state pageant required.

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