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PR Firm Sues Beauty Queen Prejean

(CN) - A "Christian-focused" public relations firm gave former Miss California Carrie Prejean "interview tips and damage control" during a 2009 media controversy says the ousted beauty queen owes it $64,000. Larry Ross Communications, sued Prejean in Denton County Court, Texas, claiming she has not paid for the "hundreds of hours" it spent fielding media calls and doing other public relations work.

Prejean ignited a nationwide media flare-up when she came out against gay marriage while responding to a judge's question during the Miss USA 2009 pageant. She also appeared in a television advertisement opposing same-sex marriage. Prejean was later stripped of her Miss California title for breach of contract.

Larry Ross Communications claims it represented Prejean throughout the brouhaha, providing "crucial information" to her attorney when Prejean sued the Miss California Pageant.

The company's Web site says it "assists Christian-focused organizations, associations, ministries and churches in telling their stories through the Christian and secular media in the context of traditional news values."

The company says it gave Prejean "intensive interview training," "brokered a conference call with Donald Trump ... and confirmed a joint press conference with Trump and the pageant officials."

The PR firm is represented by Gary Blanscet of Addison, Texas.

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