Turns out Miss Puerto Rico was right all along.
Weeks after initial tests suggested she might have made up her pepper-spray story, Ingrid Marie Rivera was vindicated Wednesday when police in the territory reversed themselves and announced she was indeed targeted during the tiara contest.
Authorities vowed to look into the matter. But the first battery of tests failed to turn up any traces of capsicum, the active chemical ingredient in pepper spray, on Rivera's evening gown and makeup brush, and a skeptical police spokesman suggested the whole thing was a hoax.
Rivera went on the defensive, making stops on the talk-show circuit. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she adamantly denied her rashes were self-inflicted and said she had noticed a pungent odor and something with a "Jello-ish consistency" on her outfit.
The police conducted a second round of tests, which did reveal that Rivera's gown and bathing suit had been doused with pepper spray.
"Miss Puerto Rico Universe was speaking the truth. She was being sincere about the allegations," said Lieutenant Eddie Hernandez, a spokesman for the San Juan Police.
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