A beauty queen stripped of her title as Miss Asia Pacific World is refusing to return her $100,000 (£58,900) crown until she receives a public apology from pageant bosses for accusing her of theft.

May Myat Noe recently became Myanmar's first international beauty queen after winning the title in South Korea, but she was dethroned last week (ends29Aug14), with competition spokesman David Kim accusing her of becoming untrustworthy.

He then alleged she had run off with the pricey tiara after learning she was to be stripped of the honour.

However, Noe is now fighting back, and in a press conference held in Myanmar on Tuesday (02Sep14), the 16 year old told reporters she never intended to steal the accessory, but she is now demanding Miss Asia Pacific World chiefs say "sorry" to her before she hands it back.

She said, "I'm not even proud of this crown. I don't want a crown from an organisation with such a bad reputation."

Noe alleges pageant executives lied about her age, claiming she was two years older than she really is, and put pressure on her to undergo plastic surgery to boost her bust size - but she refused the operation.