On Monday, ousted beauty queen Carrie Prejean sued the Miss California USA pageant and former co-executive director Shanna Moakler alleging religious discrimination. The suit has drawn a sharp-tongued rebuttal from former Miss USA Moakler.
In June, pageant officials fired Prejean, who famously voiced her opposition to same sex marriage during the 2009 Miss USA pageant, prompting a feud with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. At the time, Miss California officials claimed Prejean missed several scheduled appearances. She was replaced by Miss California runner-up Tami Farrell.
“On Ms. Moakler’s behalf, I can say unequivocally that Ms. Prejean’s lawsuit is without merit,” says Mel Avanzado, Moakler’s lawyer.
“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,” Avanzado added. “Ms. Moakler strenuously denies that she did anything wrong and looks forward to proving that in a court of law.”