Melissa King, who was crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA in November, reportedly resigned from her post today amid claims that she appeared in a pornographic movie shortly after her 18th birthday last year.
Gawker received an anonymous tip this morning that said a video originally found on the "real amateur girls" website GirlsDoPorn.com (NSFW, obviously) starred King. In the clip, a woman who resembles King says that she turned 18 three months ago—"In March"—before telling an off-camera interviewer that she decided to go into porn because she needed the money. The woman then says she participates in beauty pageants, though she doesn't reveal in which state she competes.
In a brief phone call with Gawker, the Miss Teen Delaware USA Appearance Coordinator, Elaine Paolo, would neither confirm nor deny that King has stepped down, saying she "needed more details." But if it is indeed King in the video, she would have made the GirlsDoPorn.com appearance around the time she won Miss Teen Delaware International 2012, the title she held immediately before winning Miss Teen Delaware USA.
In this video, an excerpt from a documentary about foster care in Delaware, King, having recently been crowned Miss Teen Delaware International, discusses her rise to pageant success after having been a foster kid from age 12 to age 18. King notes that depression and anxiety are common for foster children, adding that financial hardships made just being a normal teenager a struggle for her at times. As Miss Delaware Teen USA, King had vowed to dedicate some of her volunteer efforts to working with other foster children.
If her very recent social-media presence is any indication, it would appear that King had an inkling that her past was coming back to bite at her present. She tweeted this three days ago:
Once you move on in life people shouldn't try to use your past against you... Let them be happy— Melissa King (@Melissa_M_King) February 23, 2013
[photo via Twitter.]