- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 14, 2009

More pageant fallout

Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler delivered a message Wednesday to Donald Trump: I quit.

Miss Moakler, a reality-show star and ex-wife of Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, resigned from her spot with the Miss USA California organization, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday, citing a story from Usmagazine.com.

Miss Moakler was upset by Mr. Trump’s decision Tuesday to let Miss California Carrie Prejean keep her crown despite controversy over her opposition to gay marriage and seminude photos from her teens.

Miss Moakler, a proponent of gay rights, said she could no longer associate with the pageant because of Miss Prejean’s comments and Mr. Trump’s decision.

“I feel that at this time, it is in my best interest to resign from the Miss California USA organization,” she told Us.

During Tuesday’s Manhattan news conference, Mr. Trump defended Miss Prejean for her position that marriage was between a man and a woman. She gave her answer during the April 19 Miss USA Pageant, which is owned by Mr. Trump. Miss Prejean, 22, has charged that the seminude photos were leaked by people angry over her opposition to gay marriage.

Meanwhile, Miss Moakler has announced plans to appear in a new ad supporting gay rights in California, where gay marriage was banned with the November passage of Proposition 8.

‘Model’ judge axed

Paulina Porizkova says “America’s Next Top Model” gave her a pink slip.

The model and actress says she was fired from her post as a judge on the CW network’s catwalk competition.

She broke the news Tuesday night on CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” telling host Craig Ferguson that “it seemed that ‘America’s Next Top Model’ had gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat - and the fat was me.”

According to Miss Porizkova, the firing happened over the phone on her 44th birthday, April 9.

Show representatives did not comment beyond confirming Miss Porizkova’s departure, Associated Press said. She joined the popular show last year.

Kanye knocks Twitter

Kanye West is complaining again.

Seems he doesn’t like impostors. And he doesn’t care much for Twitter, either.

In a blog posting, the outspoken rap star railed against the microblogging site for allowing users to set up accounts under fake names, AP reported Wednesday. Mr. West called on the site to take down the user tweeting under his name - and Twitter listened.

The user - named KanyeWest - was suspended Wednesday. The site doesn’t allow impersonation, but it does allow parody impersonations clearly meant as a joke.

Fake celebrity Twitter accounts have been a fact of life for the rapidly growing Twitter, but the site says it’s working to combat the problem. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in an e-mail that Twitter is looking at how best to implement an account-verification system. Either way, Mr. West doesn’t plan to join. He said he’s “too busy actually being creative most of the time” and that “everything that Twitter offers I need less of.”

Anna’s ex enters plea

Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer-turned-boyfriend and two doctors pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges they conspired to provide thousands of prescription pills to the former model before her overdose death two years ago.

Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose said there are 1,400 pages of discovery in the case, which was investigated for two years before charges were filed. Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau ordered documents in the case sealed although attorneys said about a quarter of the material has already been made public, AP reports.

The hearing was brief, and Miss Smith’s name was never mentioned. The former Playboy Playmate of the Year-turned-reality-show star was declared dead at a Florida hospital after being found unconscious in her hotel room in 2007. A medical examiner determined Miss Smith, 39, died of an accidental overdose of a sleeping medication and at least eight other prescription drugs.

Prosecutors claim Miss Smith’s lawyer-turned-boyfriend Howard K. Stern was the principal enabler in a conspiracy to provide Miss Smith thousands of prescription pills.

The defendants each face six counts including conspiracy, and up to five years, eight months in prison if convicted, AP says.

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

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