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Del. Beauty Queen Resigns Amid Sex Video Scandal

Miss Delaware Teen USA gives up her crown amid reports that she was involved in an online porn video

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    Hailey Lawler was crowned Miss Teen Delaware USA after Melissa King, 18, resigned her crown amid a sex scandal. NBC10's Denise Nakano spoke exclusively to Lawler and her father last night. (Published Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013)

    A teenage Delaware beauty queen relinquished her crown Tuesday, amid reports she was involved in an online porn video. 

    Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King, 18, resigned her crown after the sex video featuring a girl that allegedly looks and sounds like King surfaced, Delaware Online first reported.

    Pageant spokesperson Dara Busch of Rubenstein Public Relations confirmed to Philadelphia TV station NBC10 that King handed in her letter of resignation in the wake of the sex video reports. Busch says that King hasn’t said that she is 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.

    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.

    King was crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013 during a ceremony in November. The moment is featured on the pageant’s website.

    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 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."

     


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