Transcript for Miss America 2015 Responds to Allegations of Sorority Hazing in ABC News Exclusive
And now to the new allegations of the new miss America, fighting charges she was kicked out of her sorority for abusive hazing. She is here to tell her story to Lara. But Mara schiavocampo has the story. Reporter: Newly crown ed Keira kazantsev wowed the judges with the performances -- ? If that's what you want to do ? Reporter: Her platform, domestic violence. But this morning she is the one facing alleges of abuse. Miss America and her sorority admitting Monday she had been kicked out of her sorority at Hofstra university for exceptionally harsh hazing. The website jezebel reporting and another sister were forced to leave the sorority in April, 2013, that under kir a's supervision pledges were called names and made to perform physical tasks to the point of bruising and exhaustion. Hey, I'm walking here. Reporter: The miss America organization saying Kira has been fully transparent with the miss America organization about her termination from the alpha phi sorority. For "Good morning America," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, new York. And we're joined now exclusively by miss America 2014, Kira kazantsev. Good morning. We have heard the allegations of hazing. In your experience, what happened at Hofstra university? These allegations are not true. I'm incredibly hurt that someone has said these things. Under the broad definition of hazing, yes, I was involved with some of those activities while I was at Hofstra. I came in as an impressionable freshman. And I was hazed. And that was the culture and brought up through the organization thinking that was appropriate. I'm two years removed, I understand that's not true. What did it include? It included something like you would stand in a line and recite information. Or a few sleepless nights crafting. Things that -- that were like menial tasks. And you were told that if you could learn the information and participate in the traditional things you would be a member of the sorority. Why did your sorority, alpha phi have you leave in April of 2013 after an investigation? I was asked by a new member educator when I was a senior to reach out to the alumni base to have an event of sorts. And in the e-mail I made a joke that was taken out of context and forwarded to the national office. What was the joke that you made in that e-mail? That we would make the evening scary for the pledges. When that event never came to fruition. None of those things that I have been accused of never happened or were intended to happen. So of the accusations, which are the most inflammatory? Which ones 100% do you know that never happened? I can sit here and be honest. Yes, I was involved under the broad definition of hazing at some point. But never, ever in a million years what this is claiming to hold. Will you make hazing part of your platform now? Will you include that in your anti-female violence campaign? Well, I think now that, obviously, this is all -- this is all out in the open and I think it's very important for me to address it. I'm going to take this negative and turn it into a positive. One last question. I know my 9-year-old watched with wide eyes, what would you say to young girls who look up to you as miss America? What would you say to them about this? I would tell them it's okay to make mistakes. That's life. All right, thank you so much. Thank you for addressing it.
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