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Duke Student Admits to Campus Paper That She’s Also a Porn Star

An interesting saga unfolded at Duke University this week after the school’s newspaper interviewed a student admitting to be a working porn actress. After the report led to other outlets reporting her identity, the student fired back with criticism of the newspaper’s tactics.

The Chronicle reporter Katie Fernelius spoke with the student, now identified as “Lauren” to protect her anonymity, and found that the freshman travels to Los Angeles during school breaks to shoot porn. Her secret became subject to campus rumors when another freshman allegedly recognized her while doing porn viewing of his own.

That student, Thomas Bagley, spilled the beans at a fraternity event, leading to an onslaught of derogatory comments being made across a variety of frat-based web platforms.. Lauren’s identity had been exposed on campus.

“I feel angry. I feel victimized. I feel harassed. I feel hated. I feel discriminated against,” she told the newspaper. “At Duke, I can’t be who I want to be. I really wish I could just do porn and pay for my college and not get s–t from people and just be respected as a human being, but clearly that’s not going to happen.”

Following the publication of Fernelius’ article, Lauren took to a Duke-based blog to explain why she’d talk to the press in the first place; and hit back at what she saw as mistakes in the newspaper article.

“I have been approached by several news publications that have essentially expressed to me that they would expose me with or without my consent,” she explained. “So I decided to preempt this and tell my story first the way I wanted.”

She took issue with Fernelius’ characterization of her as “distressingly naïve,” calling it “the most hurtful of Katie’s remarks” and lamenting how her cyber bullies also use the word “naïve” when scolding her. The porn-acting student also bemoaned the newspaper claiming she flaunted her “recently-purchased iPad mini and array of designer handbags,” when, in reality, “every penny that I make from porn goes to paying my tuition. I do not lead a lavish lifestyle as Katie suggests.”

Interestingly, Lauren alleges that “The Chronicle promised me that I would be sent the quotes that would be used in the article prior to its publication,” a tactic that would be questionable by most journalistic standards. However, she said, “This never happened,” much to her chagrin.

Read the Chronicle interview here and then check out Lauren’s response here. Certainly a story more fascinating than the typical college newspaper affairs.

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