Embattled in a scandal stemming from an alleged sex video posted online, a teenage Delaware beauty queen relinquished her crown on Tuesday.
Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King, 18, resigned her crown after an online sex video featuring a girl that allegedly looks and sounds like King surfaced, reported Delaware Online.
Pageant spokesperson Dara Busch of Rubenstein Public Relations confirmed to NBC10 that King handed in her letter of resignation amid reports that King was involved in an online porn video. Busch says that King hasn’t admitted that she is actually the woman in the video.
King flat out denied the allegations when contacted by Delaware Online as to if the woman in the video is actually her.
“Absolutely not,” she told Delaware Online. “It is not.”
King didn't respond to NBC10.com's requests for comment and her lawyer, Greg Hannigan, told NBC10.com that a "statement will be issued" but not until Wednesday at the earliest. On Wednesday her lawyer said no statement would be made at this time.
Snippets of the video landed on various websites Tuesday. In the video, a woman who looks like King says she turned 18 back in March and then describes her favorite sexual position. A longer explicit version begins with the woman answering questions on the bed including one about her being in beauty pageants and then it shows the woman engaging in various sex acts.
The pageant organization, which is a subsidiary of Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, will conduct an investigation, Busch said.
With King stepping aside, runner-up Hailey Lawler takes the title.
Lawler, a Padua Academy High School senior, and her father exclusively spoke to NBC10's Denise Nakano just hours after Lawler replaced King as Miss Delaware Teen USA.
"My heart just started racing," Lawler said. "It had to have been around 1:45 (p.m.) It was almost last period and the phone just started going off."
Lawler, 17, says she received a congratulatory text from King.
"She told me just good luck."
Lawler hopes to proudly represent Delaware without controversy.
"They all just hope that I can represent Delaware well, and just trying to forget everything that happened and move on forward."