November 19, 2009
Posted: 01:51 PM ET
Prejean - a Christian who was vilified because she opposes gay marriage - has lost all credibility and her reputation has been blown to shreds, Trump told one source.
"Maybe," Mr. Trump said only half-jokingly, "she should become a major porn star, make millions of dollars, and give it to worthy causes."
November 12, 2009
Posted: 05:18 PM ET
(CNN) - Mogul Donald Trump expressed shock at former Ms. California Carrie Prejean's attempt to walk off the set during her appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live." Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization, discussed his reaction in an exclusive with "Showbiz Tonight".
"Well, I actually was watching," Trump said. "I am a big fan of Larry King and I was watching this and I was very surprised to see it because she was talking about how inappropriate [Larry King] was."
Prejean was on the show Wednesday night to promote her new book and seemed to take exception to King's line of questioning regarding a lawsuit involving the former beauty queen and the Miss Universe pageant. After telling host King that she wouldn't discuss what happened in mediation because it was confidential, Prejean called his line of questioning "inappropriate," removed her microphone and began to leave the set.
In speaking with "Showbiz Tonight's" Brooke Anderson, Trump said he just didn't get it.
November 11, 2009
Posted: 01:26 PM ET
Editor's Note: Carrie Prejean is a guest on Larry King Live tonight!
Carrie Prejean stopped by "The View" on Tuesday to explain why she sold a tape of herself masturbating and to go into more depth on her new book: "Still Standing."
Prejean explained that the solo sex tape she made at at age 17 was the "biggest mistake" of her life.
She offered this advice to other young girls thinking of following in her handprints.
"In my book, I talk about how young women all the time are doing this and nothing is private any more - nothing is private. And you know when you're young and you think: I'll never be famous, I'll never be a celebrity - think you will."
Prejean then praised her personal decision to go public about the self-pleasuring video. "It's embarrassing even talking about this right now," said the former topless model/Fox News poster child. "I've been on national TV discussing the worst mistake of my life. I mean, how many people are comfortable doing that?"
When Barbara Walters reminded her that she also had monetary reasons - "But you did it also because you have a book out" - Prejean admitted that was true but then got back on topic with claims of religious discrimination for her gay-marriage views.
What do you think of Carrie Prejean now? Has your opinion of this young woman changed since the sex-tape news? Can we believe anything she says?
October 21, 2009
Posted: 08:20 AM ET
Miss California USA officials want Carrie Prejean to repay $5,200 they say she borrowed to have her breasts augmented last year.
The demand was a response to a lawsuit filed by Prejean in which she claimed pageant officials violated the former beauty queen's privacy by acknowledging to reporters that her breasts were fake.
The truth about Prejean's breasts "ceased being private during the swimsuit competition of the nationally televised Miss USA pageant, in which Ms. Prejean walked the stage in a bikini," pageant lawyers said.
Prejean's lawyer said the pageant filing was part of an "ongoing smear campaign" against her.
"They have proven, once again, that they will use whatever scurrilous accusations they can dredge up - or invent - to try and tarnish Carrie's reputation and her good name," Charles LiMandri said.
State pageant officials say they loaned the money for the surgery under an oral agreement with Prejean - whom they dethroned as Miss California USA in June - and she never repaid them.
The group also asked a judge to give them any profits from Prejean's tell-all book due out next month, which they claim was written in violation of her pageant contract.
"Our claim is not about financial reward, and all profits awarded will be donated to a charity that promotes the values of our organization," Miss California USA Executive Director Keith Lewis said.
The pageant's demands were made in a cross-complaint filed in response to Prejean's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in August, in which she claims that her firing was religious discrimination because of her stand against same-sex marriage.
September 1, 2009
Posted: 01:48 PM ET
By Joyce Eng via TV Guide
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.
"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.
Filed under: Carrie Prejean
Posted: 11:00 AM ET
Like it or not, Carrie Prejean is going to make sure Miss California pageant officials have a religious experience. And a litigious one.
The infamously ousted beauty queen runner-up has filed suit against codirectors Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, among other pageant officials, for slander, libel, public disclosure of private facts, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and—you knew this one was coming—religious discrimination.
Let the legal smiting begin.
In her lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court this morning, Prejean claims that winning the title of Miss California 2009, and being able to compete in the Miss USA pageant, was "fulfilling a personal dream."
Which, to hear her side of it, quickly became a nightmare.
She claims Moakler, Lewis and PR guru Roger Neal engaged in a "conspiracy" against her, making a series of "false and defamatory statements...in order to injure her reputation and to justify their plan to wrongfully revoke her title."
Guess she missed the day they taught forgiveness in Sunday school.
Filed under: Carrie Prejean
June 12, 2009
Posted: 04:07 PM ET
CARRIE WILL BE ON LKL TONIGHT!
How does she feel after being fired by Donald Trump?
She'll also tell us about her plans for the future. There's already talk of where of where she might be heading.
And we want to hear from you. We've asked it before, we'll ask it again:
Did she deserve to lose her crown?
Let us know and we might use your question during tonight's show.
May 14, 2009
Posted: 12:57 PM ET
Miss California, Carrie Prejean, canceled our interview tonight.
This was her decision.
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