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Beauty Queen Sues to Out Fake

(CN) - A New York beauty queen sued to find out how the dating site allowed someone to impersonate her by creating a fake profile.

Meaghan Jarensky filed a lawsuit against the online dating company last week in an attempt to figure out "the identity of the individual responsible for the posting, so that she may bring an action for defamation."

Jarensky represented New York in the Miss USA 2005 pageant and placed in the top 10. In 2010, Jarensky won the Mrs. New York America 2010 pageant under her married name, Meaghan Castaldi.

Jarensky's mother told the New York Post that a friend contacted her daughter after seeing the profile while browsing the dating website.

"She's very upset about it," Jeanne Jarensky told the Post. "This is a good girl and someone is trying to ruin her name. It's probably someone who's jealous.", which is the only named defendant, was not immediately available for comment.

"Despite diligent efforts, Petitioner has been unable to definitively determine the identity of the person responsible for impersonating her and posting the defamatory statements on the internet," the complaint states. "Match is likely to have information to identify the poster of the fake profile, and per their Terms of Use, will disclose such information to comply with the legal process."

Jarensky is represented by Ina Scher of Davis & Gilbert in New York.

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