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Ex-Miss California Carrie Prejean is fighting back.
Prejean has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against K2 Productions, pageant officials Shanna Moakler and Keith Lewis and publicist Roger Neal for religious discrimination.
She has also accused pageant officials of libel, slander, public disclosure of private facts and intentional infliction of emotional distress and is seeking unspecified damages.
One person not named in the lawsuit is the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump.
Prejean was stripped of her title on June 10 after a rocky two months following her controversial comments during the Miss USA competition about legalizing same-sex marriage.
The 22-year-old San Diego native responded to pageant judge Perez Hilton’s question by saying she was raised to believe marriage should be between a man and a woman.
K2 Productions, the company that produces the Miss California USA pageant, terminated her contract, citing a breach of contract issues.
In the lawsuit, Prejean claims the Miss California USA folks “"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."
There is also a claim that officials tried to setup Prejan by asking her to do a Playboy photo shoot for $120,000.
When Prejean was stripped of her title in June, we knew this story wouldn’t go away without a fight.
We don’t know for a fact Prejean missed the number of appearances pageant officials are claiming but it’s hard not to think none of this would have happened if she didn’t respond truthfully and honestly in responding to Hilton’s question.
Too bad she couldn’t find a way to work Hilton in the lawsuit. This story took off after his video comments he posted on his blog.
How much do you think Prejean losing her title had to do with her religious beliefs or do you believe she really wasn’t living up to her commitments as Miss California?