ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — The organizers of the Miss
California USA pageant sued former beauty queen Carrie Prejean Oct. 19 to get
back the $5,200 they gave her in January for breast implants.
The legal action, a countersuit responding to a suit by
Prejean, also seeks proceeds from a book Prejean is writing.
Prejean won last year’s Miss California USA pageant, then
got breast implants to help her compete in the national pageant in April, where
she placed second.
There she ignited a controversy when she expressed her
opposition to gay marriage in response to a question by a pageant judge,
celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Pageant owner Donald Trump allowed her to keep the
California crown despite an uproar over semi-nude photos, but Prejean was
ousted June 10 for alleged contract violations.
Prejean sued over the ouster, saying pageant officials
targeted her because of her opposition to gay marriage. She also said they
should not have revealed the payment for breast implants.
The countersuit by pageant organizer K2 Productions accuses
Prejean of missing scheduled appearances as Miss California USA, lying about
her semi-nude photos, signing an unauthorized book contract, and using her
position to campaign against gay marriage.
The countersuit asks for the proceeds from Prejean’s book,
plus $5,200 for Prejean’s breast implants. In their countersuit, pageant
organizers said Prejean had verbally promised to pay them back the $5,200, the
New York Post reported. The countersuit also stated:
“Even before she became notorious for (her answer about
gay marriage) and the ensuing media storm, Ms. Prejean was already causing
“With her newfound notoriety, an inflated sense of
self, and the lure of financial gain available to her, Ms. Prejean turned even
further against the Miss California USA organization.
“She attempts to cast herself as a virtuous young woman
and the victim in a supposed conspiracy against her.
“Had she heeded the guidance of the Gospel of John, who
admonished only those who are without sin to cast stones in judgment, she might
have avoided this legal battle.”
Via McClatchy-Tribune News Service.