Donald Trump, the billionaire developer and head of the Miss USA competition, says his organization told the Miss Delaware Teen USA to resign her crown this week amid claims she had performed in a pornographic video.
“We had to tell her to get a letter of resignation very quickly,” Trump told radio host Howard Stern on his Sirius/XM broadcast.
As WND reported Tuesday, Melissa King, the reigning Miss Delaware Teen USA quit her position by submitting a letter of resignation through her attorney.
On Monday, a porn site posted a sex video featuring a young woman who looks and sounds like King, and who claimed to have competed in beauty pageants, but King has reportedly denied the woman in the video is her.
“Absolutely not,” she told the Journal News of Delaware. “It is not.”
“There are comments saying this, however, it’s not comments that are true,” she said of the porn site’s claims.
Video of Howard Stern’s interview’s interview can be seen here:
When Stern asked Trump if King intentionally hid the video, Trump said, "We don't know whether or not she hid it, but it came out. ... She got involved, and she actually offered her letter of resignation and we had to accept it."
"If she hadn't resigned, what would you have done? Would you have just fired her?" asked Stern.
"Well, we probably would have had to," said Trump.
When Stern said he was going to watch the video, Trump quipped, "Will you call me and let me know how good it is?"
The video at the center of the controversy runs more than five minutes, and begins with an interview on what appears to be a hotel bed.
Though a name is never proffered, the man interviewing her asks when she turned 18, to which she responds, "About three months ago. March."
The Miss Delaware Teen USA website indicates King's birthday is in March.
The interviewer, who is not identified, then asks her what made her want to appear in 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."
Other questions centered on whether or not she has a boyfriend, the last time she had sex and how old she was the first time she had sex.
The Journal News reports another set of questions has the woman being asked about being a "Miss. A Miss Teen?"
Due to some perceived reluctance, the man asking her then says, "I'm not going to say the state or anything. ... You did beauty pageants?"
"I've done them, yes," she responds.
The interviewer asks her if she told anyone about doing the video.
"It's not a big secret. But I didn't tell anybody specifically what I was doing," she replies
After the questions, the woman and a man perform several different sex acts.
The CBS-TV affiliate in Philadelphia posted side-by-side photos of the woman who appears in the video and King to display the apparent similarity.