Miss California Under Investigation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The directors of the Miss California USA pageant are looking into whether title holder Carrie Prejean violated her contract by working with a national group opposed to gay marriage and by posing semi-nude when she was a teenage model.

Pageant spokesman Roger Neal said Tuesday that it appears Prejean has run afoul of several sections of the 12-page contract that all prospective contestants were required to sign before competing in the November state contest.

The detailed document prohibits the titular Miss California from making personal appearances, giving interviews or making commercials without permission from pageant officials. In the last 10 days, Prejean has made televised appearances at her San Diego church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage.

The contact also contains a clause asking participants to say whether they have conducted themselves "in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards." As an example, it asks if they have ever been photographed nude or partially nude.

"As you can see from the contract, she violated multiple items," Neal said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

A photo of Prejean wearing only pink panties with her back turned to the camera appeared Monday on the gossip blog theDirty.com. She issued a statement early Tuesday saying she posed for the shot while as a 17-year-old model and objecting to its release as an attempt to belittle her religious faith: "I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos."

Prejean spokeswoman Melany Ethridge said she could not comment on the contract because she was unfamiliar with its contents. Ethridge said she had not heard the pageant directors were reviewing it.

Prejean, a San Diego native who attends San Diego Christian College, was named the first runner-up to Miss North Carolina in the Miss USA pageant April 19. Her response to a question about legalizing same-sex marriage, and subsequent statements that her answer favoring limiting marriage to a man and a woman may have cost her the title, have made her a media sensation.

The California pageant contract gives pageant officials almost unlimited control over the title holder's activities, including the right to terminate her reign for breaching its provisions.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 13, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    She say exactly what Obama said? How come they didn't go after the chosen one for his stand, now did they?
  • by greg on May 7, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    why is the media so full of it a lot of people have done that diffently if they look like that take her crown she still shoul of won miss usa and she still is right about gays. I bet if she wasnt against gays this would of never been brought up she still got my vote
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    LMAO @ Tad calling her "the righteous"
  • by r Location: n on May 6, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    Next we will see a crossed dressed gay man running in the "Gay Miss USA." Then, a very physically built lesbian "Butch" running as "Mr. Universe." What in HELLo is this world coming to?
  • by Leslie Location: Pitt County on May 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    "They" can't find dirt unless there is dirt to be found. Hate it for her, but....
  • by Bob on May 6, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    In her case, what she put out there comes back to her ten-fold. No matter how self loving she thinks she is, she is getting what she deserves when she put herself in the public eye.
  • by Mag on May 6, 2009 at 02:50 AM
    Just another fake beauty queen. That's all.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 5, 2009 at 09:43 PM
    I saw the pictures and all I can say is....is that all you neosocialist hate mongers can dig up. You turds better get Rob back from the French fairyland to help you look for more potent slime to sling on the righteous. He is a stooge but without him you dorks are completely lost. Well, come to think about it.....you're lost when he's not chasing the french bread sticks but at least he is sometimes entertaining. The post that makes the most sense on this page is the by Buzz. It is off topic, but it is concise, truthful, realistic and logical. Thanks Buzz.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 5, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    She isn't the first beauty contestant to play games with the truth in a contract and have it come back and bite her on her barely covered tail-end. She posed for said pictures as a teenage MODEL. SHE knew the pictures were out there and signed the contract anyway. SHE also knew that whether or not she won the Miss USA pagent that the California pagent contract would still be binding on her FUTURE activities. It has nothing to do with her beliefs other than the mistaken one that contracts don't matter.
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on May 5, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    This is NOT on topic, but it follows the reasoning: I foresee the current administration gutting the constitution. Buzz-
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