A British beauty queen fled an international pageant in the Asia after being groped by pageant officials.
Amy Willerton, 19, the reigning Miss Bristol, quit the £12,700 Miss Asia World Pacific pageant in South Korea after three days of maltreatment and sexual assault.
Willerton said: “It was absolutely horrendous. I had two of the organisers sexually assault me – one tried to pull my top down. When we posed with sponsors they also tried to stick a hand somewhere inappropriate.
“Girls were pulled aside and told they knew what they had to do if they wanted to win – we all knew they meant sex.
“When we complained we were told that we would have no chance of winning if we carried on.”
Willerton, who is also the reigning Miss Wales, signed an all expenses paid contract with officials, but claims when she arrived in Seoul organizers refused to pay for her £600 flight.
When she arrived at her hotel, Willerton found there was no bed in her room, but just a blanket on the floor. She also said the fifty contestants were only fed one meal a day.
Willerton and others attempted to complain to the local police, finding that pageant officials had already bribed them.
Willerton decided to quit the pageant on the third day, after one round of the competition was won by a woman who had not entered the pageant as a contestant.
Two other girls also fled the competition, Willerton claims. Miss Guyana and Miss Costa Rica had their bags confiscated at the airport in an attempt to prevent them from leaving.
Willerton arrived home in Bristol last week after paying a total of £1,000 out of her own pocket. She is planning to seek legal action against competition officials.
The competition was eventually won by South Korean contestant Park Sae Byul.