Teen beauty queen quits after porn video surfaces

Melissa King, 18, denies that she was the woman in an online sex video.

A teen beauty pageant winner has resigned after a porn website posted a sex video featuring a woman it identified as her, according to media reports.

Melissa King, 18, stepped down as Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013, even though she denied to a newspaper that it was her in the video.

"Absolutely not," she told The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., on Monday night. "It is not."

Pageant spokeswoman Dara Busch confirmed King's resignation.

Miss Delaware Teen USA resigns over alleged porn scandal

Miss Delaware Teen USA resigns over alleged porn scandal
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"The Miss Delaware Teen USA pageant has received a resignation letter from Miss King's attorney," Busch said in an email Tuesday, according to The News Journal.

The woman appearing in the video looks like King, according to The News Journal. The woman in the video says on camera that she participated in beauty contests and has a March birthday — the same as King, according to several media reports.

King's attorney, J. Gregory Hannigan of Hagerstown, Md., did not immediately return a telephone call from MSN News on Wednesday seeking comment.

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King will be replaced by the runner-up in November's competition, Hailey Lawler, 17, of the Newark area. Lawler will represent Delaware at the Miss Teen USA Pageant in the spring.

"I hope that with this amazing opportunity to represent the state of Delaware, I will be able to help those in need, volunteer my time to special causes and to be an excellent role model for young girls," Lawler said in a statement released by pageant officials on Wednesday.

It's not the first time a beauty pageant winner has been dethroned by a sex scandal. In 1984, Vanessa Williams gave up her Miss America title after nude photos of her surfaced.

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