Carrie Prejean has taken legal action against Miss California USA pageant officials for her firing.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – Former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, has taken legal action against officials of the Miss California USA pageant for alleged discrimination. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Prejean, who was fired in June, has sued pageant officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler for alleged libel, slander, and religious discrimination.
Controversy began to surround Prejean after she expressed her beliefs on gay marriage during the Miss USA pageant in April. As noted by the AP, Pageant officials cited breach of contract as being the basis of her subsequent firing; however, Chuck LiMandri, the attorney for Prejean, is alleging she was dethroned based on her remarks.
Mel Avanzado, an attorney for Moakler, is quoted in the report as stating of the suit, “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… Ms. Moakler strenuously denies that she did anything wrong and looks forward to proving that in a court of law.”
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