Carrie Prejean, who shot to fame for her advocacy of “opposite marriage,” is suing Miss USA officials for libel, slander and religious discrimination with claims they asked her to “stop talking about God” before she even made her offensive statements regarding gay marriage.
Prejean was fired in June because, as pageant officials said, she missed several contractually obligated appearances. But Prejean’s lawyer, Chuck LiMandri, believes that Prejean was actually sacked for her opinions on same-sex marriage and general devotion to her religious beliefs. Pageant director Keith Lewis and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler are named in the suit, which alleges that not only did Prejean not skip contractual obligations, but that Lewis and Moakler improperly revealed Miss USA’s financing of Prejean’s breast implants. (Does that make anyone else think of Silvio from The Sopranos and Tracy the stripper’s teeth?)
The suit claims that Prejean suffered stress and anxiety after being fired, and that she has lost work. She’s also suing pageant publicist Roger Neal, and claims that pageant officials defamed her on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. A lawyer for Moakler says the suit is without merit:
“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,” Avanzado wrote. “Ms. Moakler strenuously denies that she did anything wrong and looks forward to proving that in a court of law.”
While discrimination is never a good or positive thing, it seems apparent that Prejean’s views precipitated her public perception, and not any nefarious collusion by pageant officials.