Carrie Prejean Sex Tape Ends Pageant Settlement

Donald trumps Carrie Prejean

Miss USA Pageant knows when to play its "trump" card.

Carrie Prejean: Political lighting rod, dater of Michael Phelps, breast augmenter, spurned beauty queen and now... amateur porn star?

That's right. Although the tape has never been released publically, it's already been making—or saving—money for those who have it in their possession.

As you may recall, Miss Prejean, who was stripped of her Miss California crown in June for failing to attend contractually-obligated appearances (and, purportedly, repay a $5200 boob job bill), had filed suit against pageant officials claiming religious discrimination. She had, after all, made quite the whoopdedoo in the press over her gay marriage feud with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who had suggested that her conservative stance on the subject had cost her the Miss USA title.

Well, as it turns out, Carrie's socially conservative credentials only go so far. And when faced with the real picture, Carrie and her lawyers lost their fighting words.

When the video started playing, Carrie's first reaction was "that's disgusting" ... and Carrie denied it was her.

Then, the camera angle changed ... and panned up to her face. She was caught red-handed ... so to speak.

Carrie was rendered speechless and immediately began talking with her lawyer. We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to drop her $1 million dollar demand. [Source: TMZ]

Scoop via TMZ. Photo via Bauer-Griffin.