How long did Miss Oregon live in state? Eligibility questioned

How long did Miss Oregon live in state? Eligibility questioned

PORTLAND, Ore. - Just days after being crowned Miss Oregon 2012, Rachel Berry appeared on KATU's AM Northwest and said she had lived in the state for about a year.

But the state pageant's executive director Dana Phillips admitted to KATU News that the statement's not true.

Berry moved from California and hasn't been in Oregon for year. Public records show she only got her Oregon driver's license and registered her SUV in Oregon in March.

The potential issue is whether she moved to Oregon too recently to be eligible to hold the title and receive the $10,000 scholarship that comes with it.

According to the rules, the contestant needs to be living in Oregon for at least six months before even the local preliminary competition. She needs to be able to prove that residency with a driver’s license, car registration or other official document.

In Berry's case, Phillips said the pageant winner provided a signed lease for a home she rented in Aloha dated Jan. 1, 2012 – exactly six months before the Seaside statewide event.

But according to the rules, she would have to have been an Oregon resident as far back as October - six months before she won the local preliminary competition in April that sent her to Seaside.

"She was sanctioned by one of my local directors from the Portland Metropolitan area as a legal contestant according to our official contract from the Miss America organization, and then was sanctioned by signing and having notorized the state contract coming into the state level," said Phillips. "And so it's a non-issue with me. I don't understand it."

KATU News found Berry on Thursday outside her workplace. She was very upset and said, "I am a person of integrity and wouldn't do anything to jeopardize that." She also said that she's been told by the pageant not to talk to KATU News.

So far, Phillips has not provided KATU News with the contract Berry signed and the proof she provided of just how long she's legally been an Oregon resident.