More topless photos of anti-gay beauty queen released
On the "eve" of an intervention by "the Donald," the celebrity gossip site TMZ.com has released new photographs of Miss California's Carrie Prejean, who set off a firestorm after saying that she'd campaign against same sex marriage.
The photos, which follow, were acquired by the America Online/Time Warner venture TMZ and released at 2:00 AM ET Tuesday. Trump is to decide today whether Prejean should be able to keep her crown.
TMZ says the photographs were taken last year, when Prejean was 20.
Prejean, the winner of Miss California who made public appearances with anti-marriage equality groups, was strongly criticized by Miss California USA officials on Monday, though she retained her title.
In a Monday interview on Christian radio with James Dobson, Prejean said that God told her to say she was against same-sex marriage.
Dobson: Why did you give the answer you did with regard to the affirmation of marriage?
Prejean: . . . I felt as though Satan was trying to tempt me in asking me this question. And then God was in my head and in my heart saying, "Do not compromise this. You need to stand up for me and you need to share with all these people . . . you need to witness to them and you need to show that you're not willing to compromise that for this title of Miss USA."
Prejean was humiliated last week when a topless photo of her surfaced on thedirty.com. She had been under fire for an alleged breach of contract for her work promoting the anti-marriage equality cause.
But Miss California USA co-director Keith Lewis seemed to place much of the blame for Carrie Prejean's troubles on the groups that have taken her as spokesman.
"Shame," Lewis said at a Monday press conference. "Shame, shame, shame. Shame for taking this young woman and exploiting her to further your own agenda. Shame for not preparing her for the firestorm you knew you were creating. And most of all, shame for doing it all the while knowing that you placed her in a position where she stood to possibly lose her crown not for her beliefs, as you so screamed, but for the breach of contract you so willingly encouraged.
"How sad that your message is so isolating that you reach out and grab any glimmer of an ally with no proper investigation or preparation, even if it means destroying a young woman for your own good."
Prejean's topless photos were not the main concern for Miss California USA directors, they said.
"The local pageant does not have the authority to fire Prejean as Miss California," noted LA Now. "Only Donald Trump and the Miss Universe organization can do that. Pageant officials said they would be willing to work with Carrie Prejean, but every time they reach out to her, they are confronted by an army of her handlers and havenít been able to talk with her.
ď'Up to now, itís been very difficult to get in touch with her,' said Shanna Moakler, executive director of the California pageant."
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