Miss Delaware Teen USA has resigned Tuesday after a video surfaced online that allegedly features the 18-year-old beauty queen engaging in a sexual act.
A pageant spokesperson confirmed that 18-year-old Melissa King had resigned, and the pageant’s runner-up, 17-year-old Hailey Lawler, would succeed her.
Lawler, of Newark, Del., is a senior in high school and plans to attend St. Joseph’s University to study elementary education.
A porn website posted a sex video Monday that runs slightly over five minutes, featuring a woman who looks and sounds like King, which performs various sexual acts with an unidentified man, whose face is not seen. The site claims it is the teen pageant winner.
The man interviewed the woman before the erotic encounter, asking if she has a boyfriend, when she last had sex and how old she was when she lost her virginity.
The woman told the man that she turned 18 “about three months ago. March” – King’s birth month. She also said that she has appeared in beauty pageants, although neither participant named the state.
The interviewer then asks her what made her want to do her first adult video.
“I thought it’d be fun, and it sounded like I needed the money,” the woman says. “So I just decided to do it.”
The interviewer then asks her if she has told anyone about doing the video, to which the woman replies: “It’s not a big secret. But I didn’t tell anybody specifically what I was doing.”
“It’s not a big secret. But I didn’t tell anybody specifically what I was doing,” the woman in the video says, before engaging in sex acts with an unidentified man.
King spoke to a Delaware news site and denied that she is the one featured in the sexually explicit video, posted on an adult website.
“Absolutely not,” she said. “It is not.”
She told Delaware Online that she was aware that reports were claiming she was the woman in the video.
Of the porn site’s claim, she said, “There are comments saying this; however, it’s not comments that are true.”
King, 18, who was crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA last year, declined to provide her lawyer’s name Monday. However, pageant officials identified him as J. Gregory Hannigan of Hagerstown, Md. He did not immediately return messages.
Before the video appeared on the Internet, King posted a comment on Twitter to compel others not to shame each other based on past actions, hinting that – if the video does, in fact, feature her – she may have known it would show up.
“Once you move on in life people shouldn’t try to use your past against you… Let them be happy,” she wrote.
King, from Bethany Beach, Del., is currently a freshman at the College of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and is studying communications, according to her biography on the Miss Delaware Teen website.
In high school, she was inaugurated into the National Society of High School Scholars “due to her exceptionally high SAT scores, GPA, and AP scores,” according to the Miss Delaware Teen website.
And this is certainly not the first time there has been a sex scandal involving a pageant contestant. In 1984, Vanessa Williams gave up her Miss America title after nude photos of her surfaced.
The Miss America pageant is not associated with the Miss Universe Organization, writes the USA Today.