- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Prejean’s new woes

The directors of the Miss California USA pageant are looking into whether title holder Carrie Prejean violated her contract by working with a national group opposed to gay marriage and by posing semi-nude when she was a teenage model.

Pageant spokesman Roger Neal said Tuesday that it appears Miss Prejean has run afoul of several sections of the 12-page contract that all prospective contestants were required to sign before competing in the November state contest.

The detailed document prohibits the titular Miss California from making personal appearances, giving interviews or making commercials without permission from pageant officials. In the last 10 days, Miss Prejean has made televised appearances at her San Diego church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage.

The contract also contains a clause asking participants to say whether they have conducted themselves “in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards.” As an example, it asks if they have ever been photographed nude or partially nude.

“As you can see from the contract, she violated multiple items,” Mr. Neal said in an e-mail to Associated Press.

A photo of Miss Prejean wearing only pink panties with her back turned to the camera appeared Monday on the gossip blog theDirty.com. She issued a statement early Tuesday saying she posed for the shot while working as a 17-year-old model and objected to its release as an attempt to belittle her religious faith: “I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos.”

Miss Prejean, a San Diego native who attends San Diego Christian College, was named first runner-up to Miss North Carolina in the Miss USA pageant April 19.

PM wants apology

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday the suggestion by his wife and the Italian media that he had a relationship with an 18-year-old woman was a “lie” and demanded his wife admit she was wrong if their relationship is to survive.

Mr. Berlusconi went on a popular, late-night talk show on state-run television to rebut the claims of his wife of 19 years, Veronica Lario, who has said she wants to divorce the billionaire media mogul-turned-politician because of his constant flirtations with younger women.

“I believe that someone who is charged with public functions like the premier can only accept the continuation of a relationship if there’s an admission” that Lario’s accusations were based on lies, “and if she publicly declares she was in error,” he said.

In a statement to the Italian news agency ANSA last week, Mrs. Lario voiced public outrage over media reports that Mr. Berlusconi’s political party was lining up TV showgirls and starlets as European Parliament candidates. She also lashed out at the prime minister’s attendance at a blonde’s 18th birthday party, claiming he had never come to the coming-out parties of his own children.

Jackson sued

Actress and former Playboy playmate Ola Ray, who starred as Michael Jackson’s female date in the 1982 “Thriller” video, is suing the pop star and his production company - claiming she hasn’t been paid royalties from the legendary video.

Miss Ray’s attorney tells TMZ.com that she’s suing for breach of contract because she claims she never got her cut of the “Thriller” profits.

TMZ also says Miss Ray isn’t exactly sure how much she’s owed - but her accountants will figure that out.

Meg White to wed

A publicist for the White Stripes says drummer Meg White is engaged to musician Jackson Smith, the son of punk singer Patti Smith and late MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith.

Publicist Chloe Walsh says the couple will wed this year, but couldn’t confirm other details.

The White Stripes got their start in Detroit, and are fronted by Jack White. Although Meg and Jack White have claimed to be siblings, court records have suggested they were married for four years before divorcing in 2000, AP says.

The Detroit Free Press reported Miss White and Mr. Smith’s wedding plans Saturday on the newspaper’s Web site.

Mel’s gal with child?

Mel Gibson’s wife sued for divorce after hearing that his Russian lover is pregnant, says Denverpost.com, citing a report from Britain’s Sun newspaper

Robyn Gibson, 53, ended their 28-year marriage after Oksana Grigorieva told pals she was expecting. Mrs. Gibson also learned that her actor husband had moved the 39-year-old and her son, 11, into one of his mansions in California.

“Robyn put up with Mel for years but when she found out Oksana was telling friends she was expecting it was the last straw,” an unnamed source tells the Sun.

Mrs. Gibson filed for divorce on April 13, saying the two had been secretly separated since August 2006, weeks after the star’s arrest for drunken driving.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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