Former Miss California Carrie Prejean accuses pageant officials of libel, slander and religious discrimination in a lawsuit filed Monday, the AP reported.

Prejean, 22, claims she was wrongfully fired in June by pageant officials after she denounced gay marriage. Executive Director Keith Lewis has said she was fired because she missed several appearances.

During the Miss USA contest in April, openly gay blogger Perez Hilton asked Prejean if she supported gay marriage, she answered no. The controversy spun out of control when Hilton posted a nasty video response on his blog where he called the beauty queen a “dumb bitch.”

Prejean, who was named runner-up, has said she was denied the crown because she refused to back down from her religious beliefs.

“[I lost] because I had spoken from my heart, for my beliefs and for my God,” Prejean said on NBC's Today Show. “It's not about being politically correct, for me, it's about being biblically correct.”

Gay marriage opponents flocked to Prejean, who agreed to appeared in a television ad for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's largest group opposed to the legalization of gay marriage.

Prejean's attorney Charles LiMandi told Reuters that pageant officials resented her for her beliefs: “There was a strained relationship, and it became that way when she gave that answer and would not back off it. That's what this is really all about.”

The lawsuit names Lewis and former Miss USA co-director Shanna Moakler, who resigned in protest against Prejean, but not Donald Trump, who owns Miss California USA's parent organization.

Moakler's attorney, Mel Avanzado, dismissed the suit in a statement.

“More importantly, as everyone who watched or read her public statements is well aware, Ms. Prejean's unfortunate and bigoted statements are responsible for any public humiliation or damages to her reputation that she has claimed to have suffered.”