Prejean, Pageant Threaten Dueling Lawsuits
Both sides threaten lawsuits
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 11:25 AM CDT
Carrie Prejean competes during the 2009 Miss USA Pageant Sunday April 19, 2009 at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
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(Newser) – Carrie Prejean is threatening to sue Miss California USA for defamation, TMZ reports, and the pageant isn't taking it sitting down. The Miss California people sent her lawyer a letter stating that if she continues to publicly claim innocence, they'll sue her. If she keeps asserting that she was "courteous, cooperative, or professional in her conduct," the letter says, "the history of her churlish insolent misbehavior can be presented.”

The letter cites “intolerable misbehavior,” including 39 appearances she allegedly turned down, and “hostile communications.”