Prejean said the photos -- taken when she was 17 and aspiring to be a Victoria's Secret model -- were being used in a "vicious and mean-spirited" effort to silence her for "defending traditional marriage. The year-old Miss USA contestant has been the center of controversy since she declared her opposition to same-sex marriage in a response to a question on the pageant stage last month. Her fate was being discussed in "closed-door meetings" Tuesday among California pageant officials, lawyers and representatives of Donald Trump, who owns the international competition, said Miss California USA spokesman Roger Neal. The spokesman for Miss California USA provided CNN with a copy of the pageant contract Prejean signed last year agreeing that the discovery of semi-nude photos could mean disqualification. One photo published Monday on a Web site -- The Dirty -- showed barely more skin than the bikini Prejean wore in the pageant's swimsuit competition. While she appears topless, she was turned away from the camera with her arm covering most of her breast.
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The directors of the Miss California USA pageant are currently looking into whether Prejean violated the page contract all contestants are required to sign before the November state contest. The document prohibits whoever holds the title of Miss California from making personal appearances, granting interviews or making commercials without permission from pageant officials and gives the pageant's directors the right to revoke her crown for breaching any of the document's provisions. Since being chosen runner-up at the Miss USA pageant, Prejean has made televised appearances at her San Diego church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that is opposed to same-sex marriage. Last week when Prejean was in Washington to announce her support for the new ad, Keith Lewis, co-director of the California contest, expressed concern to The Associated Press. Also of concern are semi-nude photos of Prejean that surfaced on the Internet earlier this week.
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She said, "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised. Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, says Prejean can retain her Miss California USA crown after she caused a stir expressing opposition to gay marriage and posing in racy photographs.
Just two days after Miss California Carrie Prejean told the Miss California USA pageant committee that there was only one provocative photo of her, another photo showing a woman that appears to be Prejean in nothing but her underwear has surfaced online — but the beauty queen denies that it's her. But a rep for Prejean told Access Hollywood the photo is not her. The rep acknowledged that photo shows Prejean's head, but that "it appears to have been Photoshopped. The rep went on to say that Prejean maintains that one photo was taken during that session, "as far as she can remember. Prejean's rep also told Access the photo was taken by a friend of Prejean's, who sent it to an agent, but that she "can't remember his name.