A teenage beauty queen has resigned following reports that she had appeared in a pornographic video last year.
"I would like to confirm to you that the Miss Delaware Teen USA pageant has received a resignation letter from King's attorney," pageant spokeswoman Dara Busch wrote in an e-mail this morning.
According to a report on delawareonline.com, Miss Delaware Teen USA, Melissa King, resigned from the post after a porn website posted a sex video featuring a woman it identified as Miss Delaware Teen USA. The woman looks and sounds like King.
However the young beauty queen denied that it was her in the video when questioned by The News Journal during a phone interview.
"Absolutely not," she said. "It is not."
Of the porn site's claim, she said, "There are comments saying this, however, it's not comments that are true."
The video in question shows a young lady with brunette hair sitting on a bed for a brief interview. The woman confirms she is 18 years old. "It’s not a big secret. But I didn’t tell anybody specifically what I was doing," she says.
She then states: "I like being on top" with a laugh, just before the footage switches over to X-rated porn.
King’s lawyer, J. Gregory Hannigan is expected to issue a statement soon.
“A statement will be issued, but not today,” Hannigan said in an email to USAToday.com.
“Thank you for your interest in Ms. King’s well-being,” he added.
As per pageant rules, the runner-up, Hailey Lawler is expected to take over from King.