Miss USA Dethroned?

The organizers of the Miss USA pageant issued a statement denying reports that the reigning pageant winner from Kentucky has been dethroned, but acknowledged they are evaluating her behavioral and personal issues.

Paula M. Shugart, the president of the Miss Universe Organization, said today in a statement that Miss USA Tara Conner has not been dethroned. The statement comes on the heels of a report that the 20-year-old Tara Conner had engaged in conduct unbecoming of a Miss USA. Shugart did not say what the Kentucky native had done to prompt the evaluation.

Lark-Marie Anton, a Miss Universe Organization spokeswoman, declined to elaborate on any problems that Conner might be having. Donald Trump and NBC co-own Miss USA. The pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization.

Conner has been competing in pageants since age four. She won the title of Young Miss Russell County in Kentucky at the county fair when she was 13 and by 2002, she was second runner-up in Miss Teen USA. She finished fourth in the Miss Universe pageant.

Click here to view the statement that the Miss USA Organization has issued.