Beauty Contestants Sue El Cajon City Councilman
In addition to his work on the El Cajon City Council, Ben Kalasho has made a name for himself in the beauty pageant world. He and his wife Jessica run the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant USA along with the Middle Eastern Chamber of Commerce in San Diego.
Zhala Tawfiq, who was crowned last year, says the councilman and his wife wrongly stripped her of her title and the prize money she was entitled to. Worse, she claims Kalasho superimposed her head on nude bodies and posted the pictures on Instagram. She recently filed suit, and she's not alone.
Another plaintiff, Paris Kargar, says Kalasho offered her the crown in exchange for sex.
"You want to win tomorrow?” the councilman allegedly asked her. “You stay here tonight with me and you win tomorrow."
Kalasho has vehemently denied the allegations made by both women. His attorney says the councilman has offered to have his computer and social media accounts searched to prove it.