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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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Mike March 05 2014 at 10:53 AM

I feel for this young lady. Bad decision that could effect her for the rest of her life. Not illegal just not a wide choice.

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Mike Mike March 05 2014 at 10:54 AM

"wise" choice, I mean.

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Bobby Ardoin March 05 2014 at 10:17 AM

If you put yourself out there on the screen for everyone to see, how can you expect not to have complete privacy in your personal life?
To me, that sounds like a childish expectation.
On the other hand, I am somewhat alarmed by the campus police who supposedly told her that her stalking fears weren't that serious. They are. Even at Duke you have wack jobs whose emotions are inflamed by what she does.
This young lady has ventured into a world that has spin off complications that may soon produce some serious ramifications

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fretplayer Bobby Ardoin March 05 2014 at 10:26 AM

Even at Duke?? You make it sound like they are above us mere mortals, Duke is full of spoiled rotten rich kids, who will definitely feel that this girl is way beneath them and should not even be soiling their hotty totty university with her presence. This entire episode reeks of the "we are the upper class and you are not so we will make your life miserable" attitude of the rich snots at Duke

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s March 05 2014 at 10:17 AM

Good preparation for Wall St or the Government.

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PERFORATOR March 05 2014 at 4:55 PM

It could be worse. She could be prostituting herself for a few bucks by claiming she makes tons of money working for internet scammers in her spare time.

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Big Riggs PERFORATOR March 05 2014 at 5:56 PM

She already is prostituting herself.

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archmantamu Big Riggs March 05 2014 at 6:12 PM

And that affects a loser like you how?

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Big Riggs Big Riggs March 05 2014 at 6:23 PM

When she's done after the next 10 years doing porn (because that's the only job she'll be able to get) I'm sure we'll be supporting her with our taxes.

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nitrox March 05 2014 at 10:13 AM

I feel like everyone is missing the real point; perhaps we should do something to make tuition more affordable so students don't have to ***** themselves out for money.

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dhrector nitrox March 05 2014 at 10:37 AM

Students don't have to ****themselves out for money. She was *****ing others, for money, which is legal.

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Bambi March 05 2014 at 10:12 AM

Leave her alone.

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USS Titanic Bambi March 05 2014 at 10:27 AM

Bambi???

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Steve March 05 2014 at 5:14 PM

People have just got to go on the internet and find out as much as they can about another person and that stinks. Everyone does something that doesn't need to be know to everyone. Leave the girl alone and go on with your life

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Rob Steve March 05 2014 at 5:22 PM

Because "my" life sucks and I have to bring everyone else down with me. That's the mentality of these trolls.

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Steve March 05 2014 at 5:21 PM

hey, I just saw the movie and she looks and is great! Hope she makes more because I sure will buy the tapes.

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bronbronco27 Steve March 05 2014 at 5:32 PM

There are so many better looking gals in the biz than her, though she has a VERY impressive ommission of a gag reflex. I'd say she use some of that money to get a boob job though.

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Big Riggs Steve March 05 2014 at 5:55 PM

She will' it's the only job she'll be able to hold.

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Robert March 05 2014 at 5:24 PM

That's one way to graduate from college without a mountain of debt.

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Stan's bizmail March 05 2014 at 10:06 AM

Beee Beee Beeee .....naa naaa naaa ...oh geez....what difference does it make NOW???
This is pure tabloid....who REALLY cares about this? Only the people who make threats and bully her? This is where our sick population just can't find something worthwhile to do...like protest against Obama, or something that would make life better.
Folks....if she wants to let people see her without clothes on....if she doesn't care what kind of a job she gets, as long as she isn't buried in student debt....the REAL porn, is how the college system, and the student loan orgs rape people...hell, you can finance a car, a house....just about anything for less than a student loan...leave this chick alone....she's probably got more morals that any 50 politicians

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