September 1st, 2009
06:29 PM ET
Carrie Prejean is taking aim at the Miss California USA Pageant yet again – this time filing a legal complaint against officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler and publicist Roger Neal. In it she seeks damages for, among other things, public disclosure of private facts and religious discrimination.
Showbiz Tonight received this statement from Carrie Prejean about her complaint:
“For months I have listened as the Miss California organization waged a campaign of hate against me because I stood up for my beliefs. While it is bad enough that they have said hateful things about me, I can no longer allow them to falsely state that I was not willing to do my job as Miss California. I have thought long and hard about filing the lawsuit and after months of trying to resolve these issues, I feel that this is my last resort.”
Mel Avanzado, a lawyer for Shanna Moakler, fired back, releasing this statement to Showbiz Tonight:
"Ms. Moakler has not yet been served with Carrie Prejean's lawsuit. However, on Ms. Moakler's behalf, I can say unequivocally that Ms. Prejean's lawsuit is without merit. 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."
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