Organizers Defer to Trump on Miss Cali Title

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2009 2:29 PM CDT
Miss California, Carrie Prejean, competes during the 2009 Miss USA Pageant April 19, 2009, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Officials of the Miss California USA pageant have strongly criticized titleholder Carrie Prejean, but said today it's not their decision whether she should be stripped of her crown. Co-executive directors Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler told a Beverly Hills press conference that only Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump can make that decision.

The 21-year-old San Diego native created controversy during the Miss USA pageant when she said she believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The state pageant has been investigating whether she violated her contract by making public appearances with groups opposed to same-sex marriage, and by failing to reveal that she posed for (sort of) topless photos in an effort to get noticed by Victoria's Secrets.