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Duke Student Reveals Porn Identity After Backlash

Duke Student Reveals Porn Identity After Backlash

It's been less than a month since Duke's college paper published a story on a freshman who worked in porn to pay her tuition bills. Now, she has chosen to reveal her porn identity for the first time.

She announced her persona, Belle Knox, on Playboy early Tuesday morning and on xoJane later that afternoon.

She had been calling herself "Lauren" and her porn identity "Aurora" since Duke's paper, The Chornicle, wrote her story, reportedly in an effort to avoid recognition on campus. (Via Twitter / @Collegefession)

According to a Washington Post article, Lauren's identity was quickly discovered by Greek life websites, Yahoo Answers, trolling blogs and a WordPress site created specifically to collect personal information about her.

A blogger for Forbes writes, "Her mistake wasn't making porn to pay her tuition; it was imagining she could do so without becoming a viral sensation."

Lauren's privacy has been one of the most-debated points in the media coverage and Internet comments, with many claiming she should have known what she was getting into. She responded in an interview with WRAL.

LAUREN: "I hate when people say I'm not entitled to my privacy because I do porn. I'm a human being. ... You don't get to treat me badly just because I do something you don't agree with." (Via WRAL)

In the xoJane article, which Lauren wrote using her porn name, she says she has been receiving viral threats, including from people saying they would kick her in the face and throw garbage at her. She's even gotten comments that she should kill herself and that she deserves to be raped.

She reportedly took these comments to the police but says she was told they were "childish threats." She also said she felt the blame was pushed onto her and not the ones behind the screen.

Now, Lauren says the extensive internet commentary and bullying has spurred her to reveal her porn persona because she wants to prove she is not ashamed of Belle Knox. (Via xoJane)

In the Playboy Q&A with Lauren, she says: "I'm scared, because I've already been getting stalked and threatened. One of two things will happen: Either people will be like, 'Well, she revealed herself. We don't need to terrorize her with, "We know your identity."' Or it'll get worse."

Duke University hasn't commented on the scandal, saying they don't disclose information about individual students.

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Angi March 05 2014 at 10:54 AM

While I do not believe that this is the best way to pay for expensive college tuition, the choice is hers to make. When I was in college, I gave baths to elderly residents at a nursing home. The job wasn't pretty, but it helped pay the bills. Many of my friends couldn't believe I was wiping butts and thought it was disgusting. I didn't care because they were not paying my bills. In the end, I think this may have some backlash in the future, but the decision is hers, not ours.

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LA DEPUTY March 05 2014 at 9:29 AM

In times when millions are starving worldwide, when but a few hoard the bulk of the world's wealth, and when presidents and prime ministers fail to execute their duty to represent their constituents faithfully, one girl is the focus of condemnation and ridicule?

Why don't you people who have enough time to put her in the limelight, shift your beam of morality on those who occupy 730 12th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.? No guts or not enough time? Which is it?

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dj446688 LA DEPUTY March 05 2014 at 9:34 AM

Have a bit of a chip on your shoulder do you? You lose ALL credibility when you use an article totally unrelated to your perceptions of the world to post your manifesto.

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fred March 05 2014 at 9:29 AM

Could she swallow the python or the croc listed in the other article?

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kwhodges March 05 2014 at 11:59 AM

Those bashing her for this choice are probably the ones supporting her by buying the porn. She's an adult. She's hurting no one. It's legal. She doesn't need or want anyone's permission or acceptance. I do believe she was a bit naive thinking she could keep her porn persona secret, but that doesn't mean people have the right to threaten her.

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potmind March 05 2014 at 11:57 AM

And please reassure me of human ethical behavior. The very people who harass her have not - God forbid - even looked at her performances... ever. Right?

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LimoBarbie March 05 2014 at 9:26 AM

So what? At least she's working. I've got a LOt more respect for her than I do for welfare leeches.

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tinalostatsea March 05 2014 at 9:25 AM

Beats minimum wage

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garymulligan34 March 05 2014 at 5:56 PM

The other thing to think of is that at least she is paying her own way through school. Think of all the foreigners that come to this country and get a free ride.

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blambe4 garymulligan34 March 06 2014 at 9:30 AM

Even the foreigners have more class and decency !!!!!

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zgoalie March 05 2014 at 6:01 PM

I saw one of her videos and thought it was pretty good. Glad to see she's working, covering her expenses and not defaulting on her loans which would end up costing us/others to foot the bill.

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jbshu March 05 2014 at 9:29 AM

Her parents must be so proud. Imagine, she wouldn't settle for a state school she could more easily afford, but held out for a pricey school and found a universally unacceptable path to afford it.

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