May 11, 2009

Trump set to decide Miss Calif. flap

Miss USA California Carrie Prejean violated the contract she signed to enter the Miss USA competition, pageant officials said Monday.

At a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Miss California USA Co-executive Director Keith Lewis said Prejean did not comply with full disclosure agreements because she did not inform organizers of lingerie photos she had posed for. Lewis said the decision whether to retain or dismiss Prejean belongs to billionaire developer Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe pageant.

Trump is expected to announce his decision Tuesday, CNN reported Monday.

Lewis told reporters Monday the state organization has decided it will no longer book Prejean for pageant-related appearances and will instead assign those to Miss California USA first runner-up Tami Farrell.

Prejean became controversial as a result of her answer to a question during the pageant about same-sex marriage. She said she opposed it and has since become a national spokeswoman for an anti-gay marriage group, the National Organization for Marriage.

She was named first runner-up at the Miss USA pageant, and has claimed her answer on the marriage question cost her the crown. Lewis said Monday that was not the case and listed her scores in the various elements of the pageant to support his assertion.

Prejean said Monday the controversy has given her a bigger platform to talk about issues she cares about, CNN reported.