But he was truly incensed that the Miss America people pulled the crown from Vanessa, and he offered to underwrite 100% of her legal expenses should she choose to sue.
It might have been the lowest point in her life, as in 1984, but the scandal that led Vanessa Williams to resign her post as Miss America also set her up for one of the greatest comebacks in entertainment history.
Or that his pageant's insistence on contestants looking like sex symbols but acting like virgins only women who had never been married or pregnant were eligible was the very definition of hypocrisy.
You were no longer you; you were Miss America.
Williams wasn't just the reigning Miss America, she was also the first Black Miss America.
But if Guccione did in fact offer to finance her suit against the pageant, she didn't take him up on it.