Miss America Responds To Sorority Hazing Allegations

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Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev from New York, went on “Good Morning America” Tuesday to discuss allegations that surfaced Monday saying she was kicked out her college sorority for abusively hazing pledges.

The newly-crowned queen, whose platform was anti-domestic abuse, clarified why she was kicked out of the Alpha Phi chapter at Hofstra University in Long Island in April 2013. (RELATED: Oops! Miss Nebraska Flashes Camera During Miss America)

(Photo: Splash News)

(Photo: Splash News)

“Under the broad definition of hazing, yes, I was involved,” she said. “At the time, unfortunately, that was just the culture of the university, and I was hazed, and I was kind of brought up through the organization thinking that is appropriate behavior…”

Reports say Kazantsev was “exceptionally harsh” toward freshman members by berating them and making them perform physically exhausting tasks.

She clarified that she was kicked out of the sorority because she made a joke in an email to an alum about creating a “scary evening” for the pledges, and then failed to show up for her disciplinary hearing. (RELATED: Admit It, You Watch Miss America For The Bikinis)

“It included something like you would stand in a line and basically like recite information or a few sleepless nights crafting,” she said.