Monday, August 31, 2009

She's back: Former Miss California USA sues pageant officials

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Carrie Prejean has filed a lawsuit against Miss California USA officials who stripped her of her title. She is accusing them of libel and religious discrimination for her views on same-sex marriage.

Carrie Prejean was stripped of her Miss California USA title earlier this year after contract violations were reported.

"We will make the case that her title was taken from her solely because of her support of traditional marriage," said her attorney, Charles LiMandri. 

Prejean stepped into controversy at the Miss USA pageant in April due to her response to a question from a judge, Perez Hilton.  She declared her opposition to same-sex marriage and only believed in 'opposite marriage.' Prejean finished as first runner-up.

The complaint was filed in Superior Court of California against Miss California USA officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, as well as publicist Roger Neal.

It alleges that Prejean suffered because of "libel, public disclosure of private facts, religious discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress."

It is possible that Miss Prejean will be counter sued for contract violations by the Trump organization that owns the Miss USA pageant. Rightardia views the lawsuit as a publicity stunt.

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