Carrie Prejean to Miss California Organization: Sue You!
Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean—who was forced to abdicate her sash and tiara earlier this year for not fulfilling the contractual obligations of her position—has filed a lawsuit against pageant co-directors Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, E! Online reports.
Prejean is suing for damages for slander, libel, public disclosure of private facts, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and—yes, you’re reading this correctly—religious discrimination.
In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the former beauty queen claims that Moakler and Lewis—in conjunction with publicist Roger Neal—engaged in a “conspiracy” against her, making “false and defamatory statements…in order to injure her reputation and to justify their plan to wrongfully revoke her title.”
These statements, Prejean alleges, made her “the subject of public ridicule, scorn and humiliation,” leading to lost earnings.
With regard to the religious persecution allegation, Prejean says that Moakler told her to stop mentioning God and her faith in public appearances, despite Moakler’s “knowledge of her deeply held religious beliefs as a Christian and her status as a student at a Christian college.”
Readers, have your say in the comments section: Does Prejean’s lawsuit sound justified, or is this just the sort of frivolous litigation that clogs up our legal system and makes real justice impossible?