Carrie Prejean Is Suing Miss California Officials
Carrie Prejean is determined to keep her name in the news — and make some money while she’s at it. We told you in July that she inked a book deal. Now, the ousted beauty queen runner-up is suing Miss USA California pageant co-directors, Shanna Moakler and Keith Lewis, for slander, libel, public disclosure of private facts, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and religious discrimination. She alleges that Moakler, Lewis, and PR agent Roger Neal created a conspiracy against her, by making “false and defamatory statements…in order to damage her reputation and justify their plan to wrongfully revoke her title.” She claims their comments prevented her from earning money and booking modeling jobs and public appearances. Prejean also says she suffered “stress-related physical symptoms.” As for the religious discrimination, the self-described devout Christian claims the intolerance began before her anti-gay marriage statement. She says she was told by Lewis’ assistant he wanted her to omit any reference to God in her Miss USA application. Prejean says she was then told by Moakler to stop referring to God completely. Then, she made her infamous statement to Perez Hilton, and she says the intolerance took a turn for the worse. She was told to backtrack her gay marriage comments and was told by Neal to avoid discussing her faith while on the “Today” show. When she refused these requests, Prejean claims she was left on her own. She cites being mocked on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” as proof her reputation has been damaged.
Moakler has fired back through her lawyer: “More importantly, as everyone who watched or read her public statements is well aware, Ms. Prejean’s unfortunate and bigoted statements are responsible for any public humiliation or damages to her reputation that she has claimed to have suffered.” Zing. [E! Online, People]