This article is from the archive of our partner. It's fair to say that on Thursday morning, former Miss California beauty queen Carrie Prejean lost her moral war with the gay rights community. What began as a legitimate, if heated disagreement over political views has veered off a cliff into hypocrisy, resignation, topless photos, and the Internet's equivalent of rock bottom--the discovery of a sex tape. How did we get here? Earlier this year, the beauty queen declared her opposition to gay marriage on live television: "I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman," she said.
Carrie Prejean Pockets Nothing From Pageant Lawsuit
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How to help people impacted by the weather crisis in Texas. There was no one else with me. Prejean admitted to making the video of herself and sending it to her boyfriend when she was 17 years old. The tape surfaced during a negotiating session with the Miss California pageant officials over a lawsuit Prejean filed against the organization for stripping her of her crown earlier this year.
Los Angeles, California CNN -- The sudden end to a legal battle between dethroned Miss California USA Carrie Prejean and pageant officials was prompted by the revelation of a "sex tape," according to a source familiar with the lawsuits' settlement. Prejean was fired in June after lingerie-modeling photos of her emerged that pageant officials said were a breach of her contract. Prejean sued the pageant in August, arguing her firing was religious discrimination because of her opposition to same-sex marriage. A settlement of both lawsuits was signed in New York Tuesday, but no details were made public. Lawyers and parties for each side were bound by a confidentiality pledge, according to the source.
Earlier this week, after the beauty queen and the pageant dropped their lawsuits against each other and agreed to settle their differences, Prejean demanded more than a million dollars during settlement negotiations. She sued the organization in August for libel, slander and religious discrimination, accusing pageant organizers of telling her to stop mentioning God even before her controversial remarks against gay marriage , or as she called it during the Miss USA pageant, sparking a firestorm of criticism, "opposite marriage. But now the pageant isn't getting that money back and Prejean's not pocketing any of the millions she wanted. In June, she was fired from her gig as Miss California USA by the master axer himself, Donald Trump , who co-owns the Miss USA organization and initially saved Prejean from losing her crown when criticism about her "opposite marriage" comment first erupted.