Miss U.S.A. will complete her year-long reign, which will now include a stint in rehab.
Tara Conner had come under fire amid accusations of underage drinking in New York bars. She turned 21 Tuesday.
At a news conference today, Miss Universe Organization co-owner Donald Trump announced he'll let Conner keep her title. As he put it, "I've always been a believer in second chances." And he said she'll be entering rehab.
A teary Conner told him, "I will not let you down." Trump said pressures from the "whirlwind of New York" were too much for the small-town beauty queen. Conner hails from Kentucky.
A Miss Universe Organization spokeswoman has said that Miss U.S.A. is considered a role model, and her conduct must reflect that.
The runner-up for Miss U.S.A. says she supports the decision by Donald Trump to give current Miss U.S.A. Tara Conner a second chance.
Miss California Tamiko Nash says that while winning the pageant has been a "lifelong dream," she wouldn't want the crown "at Tara's expense." Conner has been allowed to keep her crown by pageant co-owner Donald Trump. She's agreed to go to rehab after accusations surfaced of underage drinking in New York bars.