EXCLUSIVE: The Secret E-Mails Behind Carrie Prejean's Firing; Plus Her Lawyer Speaks Out

Jun. 16 2009, Published 11:58 a.m. ET

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Former Miss California Carrie Prejean is fighting back against the Miss California pageant organizers.  "Keith Lewis tried to set Carrie up and the way he did it is despicable," Carrie’s lawyer Charles LiMandi tells  He says that Carrie shouldn’t have lost her crown, and he suspects ulterior malicious motives from the pageant officials!

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The Miss CA USA saga is far from over as the de-throned beauty queen considers legal action against the pageant director. "Carrie is looking at all of her options and definitely considering taking legal action against the Miss California USA pageant,” her lawyer tells  “There is a long statute of limitations so she doesn't have to do anything right now but she is absolutely looking into this and she isn't afraid to go all the way to trial with this case.” However, the 22 year old blonde pageant queen may not sue if the money starts rolling in.  LiMandi explains what is going to stop her from suing, “She has told me that she has had thousands of requests for speaking engagements and quite a few job offers, so she may not find it in her best interest to sue after all, it just depends on the career decision she makes."

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One of the major sticking points in the controversy was the book deal that Carrie was working on.  Her lawyer explained to us that while Carrie has hired a literary publicist, she has not signed a book deal. LiMandi was emailing with the Trump office the Monday before Carrie was fired. “Mr. Trump supported her writing a book,” he tells  “He was in the process of writing an amendment to her contract to allow her to write the book when Carrie was fired.  We were surprised to hear that that was one of the reasons she was fired.”

As for the claims by the pageant officials that Carrie was was making appearances in violation of her contract, her lawyer denies that claim and tells that her appearance for Shape Magazine was set up by Mr. Trump.  “That’s the kind of thing Keith Lewis is saying she did as a breach of her contract, but that isn’t true.”

Carrie's lawyer tells that the published nasty email exchange Carrie had with Keith Lewis was a mistake that the beauty queen made after Lewis denied her request to visit the troops on the USS Ronald Reagan. "Carrie was frustrated and upset and she sent those emails in the heat of the moment.  She knows they weren't nice but she was very upset and felt that Mr. Lewis was not treating her fairly."

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“She wanted to go down and meet the troops on the USS Ronald Reagan and Keith Lewis wouldn’t give her immediate approval so she asked Mr. Trump and he intervened and asked Keith what the problem was and he said he was still thinking about it and Trump told him it was a no brainer.  So she did that and it was a big hit.  Visiting the troops was an honor for her, as Miss California and as Carrie Prejean.”

Even though the beauty queen doesn’t have her crown, all of her ill will is towards Keith Lewis, and not Donald Trump, the owner of the pageant.  "Carrie and Donald have spoken several times since she was fired and he has told her that he was only going by what he was told by the pageant director Keith Lewis, but we feel that Keith lied to get his own way and to get rid of Carrie."

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