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Shanna Moakler, California pageant officials make up with Carrie Prejean

Updated: 2009-05-13T06:46:49Z

Donald Trump the peacemaker?

Shanna Moakler credits the tycoon for getting her to make nice with the controversial Miss California USA Carrie Prejean.

"Thanks to Donald Trump, we were able to have a meeting with Miss Prejean and her family alone for the first time since the pageant," Moakler, the co-executive director of the California pageant, told People magazine Tuesday.

"We were able to sit down and communicate and vent our frustrations. I am confident that she will stay true to the contract. I'm looking forward to returning to L.A. and starting fresh."

After the New York meeting, which also included the other California pageant chair, Keith Lewis, Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe Organization, announced that Prejean will continue to reign as Miss California USA and Miss USA runner-up despite all the drama she's been embroiled in lately.

(In case you missed it: Her anti-gay marriage stance and semi-nude photos of her that hit the Internet.)

Moakler told PEOPLE the meeting allowed them to clear the air with Prejean.

"Our issue was never about her opinions about same-sex marriage or the pictures," says Moakler. "Our issue was with her complying with our agreement. When you sign the contract, we ask you to show us everything you are being offered. That wasn't happening. After the pageant, we lost control of our titleholder.

Moakler said the pageant was just trying to protect the 21-year-old from being exploited. After the Miss USA pageant, Prejean became the spokesperson for the National Organization for Marriage.

"She had agreed to come to us when she's been offered something, but that wasn't happening," says Moakler. "That's where the red flags started being raised for us. ... We did not want her to become the spokesperson for NOM."

| Posted by Lisa Gutierrez, The Star

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