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Carrie Prejean vs. Donald Trump in Defamation Lawsuit?

by Steve Hastings on Friday, June 19th, 2009

Carrie Prejean vs. Donald Trump in Defamation Lawsuit? After being stripped of her Miss California title last week, Carrie Prejean’s attorney Charles LiMandri, gave Keith Lewis, the executive director of the Miss USA pageant, a last opportunity to retract statements made on the former beauty queen. Failure to do so may result in a defamation lawsuit.

"Carrie Prejean's good name has been tarnished by your client's false and defamatory accusations," the letter from her lawyer stated to the executive director.

Lewis has made many statements in the past week, claiming that the reason Prejean lost her title was due to her lack of commitment to the Miss USA contract. She allegedly missed public appearances and has not been easy to work with.

"She came to us and said I'm not interested in your input; I'll make my own decision on what I'm going to do," Lewis said. "You know, when you have a contract, when you're working for someone, you have a responsibility to follow through on what that requirement is.”

About a month ago, Miss USA owner Donald Trump, announced that Carrie Prejean would be able to keep her title regardless of all the controversy, including topless photos, and her beliefs on same-sex marriage. Last week Trump had a quick turnaround.

"I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA organization, and I gave her the opportunity to do so," Trump said. "Unfortunately, it just doesn't look like it is going to happen, and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision."

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