Carrie Prejean and Shanna Moakler
Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean's religious discrimination lawsuit against pageant officials is "without merit," an attorney for pageant co-director Shanna Moakler said.
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"On Ms. Moakler's behalf, I can say unequivocally that Ms. Prejean's lawsuit is without merit," Mel Avanzado said in a statement. "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."
Prejean was fired in June because of her "unwillingness to make [public] appearances," pageant officials said. The beauty queen's attorney claims she was dethroned because of her anti-gay marriage stance, which she first voiced during the Miss USA pageant in April.
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In addition to Moakler, Prejean names co-executive director Keith Lewis and publicist Roger Neal in her lawsuit, and also accuses the trio of slander, libel, public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress. She also states in the suit that Moakler told her to "stop mentioning God" before the Miss USA pageant took place.
Prejean has not determined what she is seeking in damages.