Miss California, who was stripped of her title in June, is suing two Miss California officials – Shanna Moakler and Keith Lewis – claiming she lost her crown because of her religious beliefs. Read more on Carrie Prejeans lawsuit below.
Ex beauty queen Carrie Prejean is suing the organization because she believes they stripped of her of her crown due to her religious beliefs, and is seeking unspecified damages.
Miss CA Carrie Prejean was thrust into the spotlight in June when celeb blogger Perez Hilton asked her a question about gay marriage.
“You can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage,” Prejean replied. “And you know what? I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
Miss USA officials said they stripped Carrie Prejean of the Miss California title in June for failing to make required appearances, and for making unsanctioned public appearances.
The lawsuit names Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, who were Miss USA California officials while Prejean was representing the organization, and publicist Roger Neal.
“This was a decision based solely on contract violations, including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization,” stated Miss Califronia USA director Keith Lewis at the time.
Carrie Prejean’s lawsuit includes damages for slander, libel, public disclosure of private facts, religious discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“Over the past two months, we have worked hard to provide overwhelming evidence that Carrie Prejean did not violate her contract with Miss California USA and did not deserve to have her title revoked by Keith Lewis,” said attorney Charles S. LiMandri, who is representing Prejean. “We will make the case that her title was taken from her solely because of her support of traditional marriage.”
Since Prejean was stripped of her crown, LiMandri said, “we have been working behind the scenes, trying to get Keith Lewis’ people to do the right thing.”
LiMandri said pageant officials accused his client of appearing at events without permission, specifically a Shape magazine interview, and hosting the show “Fox and Friends,” but Limandri said pageant owner Donald Trump personally set those appearances for her and asked her to do them.
Perez Hilton also reports that Prejean is claiming that officials “conspired to get rid of her” after she publicly stated that she’s “biblically correct” and not politically correct.
Carrie has even gone as far as to claim that the officials have “fabricated a fraudulent list of some 50 public appearances allegedly missed by Prejean which they released to the media in order to justify her termination as Miss California USA.” Adding that they tried to “set up Prejean to have her dismissed as Miss California USA by asking her to do a Playboy photo shoot for $120,000.”
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