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Duke Porn Star Speaks Out: ‘I’m Not Being Exploited, I Love What I’m Doing’

The Duke University student and porn star known as Belle Knox opened up in a candid interview with Piers Morgan Thursday night, saying she has no regrets about getting to porn and telling him proudly, “I’m not being exploited, I love what I’m doing, and I’m safe.” Knox, who was outed as a porn star on campus, previously kept her identity secret in interviews and public confessions, but now she’s come forward (though still identifying herself by her porn name) because she’s tired of hiding.

Knox told Morgan if she had been “another college girl who does porn,” it wouldn’t be a big news story, except for the fact that she took a stand, defended herself, and talked about how it “empowered” her. She said that everyone is “so repressed” and “told that sex is bad” that being in the porn industry and having “sexual autonomy is an “incredibly freeing experience” for her.

Knox said Duke University has been “really supportive,” but she had to get away from campus because it was a “really upsetting experience” for her, whereas when she’s working on pornos, she’s “surrounded by support” and “people I can talk to the stigma I face every day.”

The only regret she admits she has is “not telling my family from the get-go,” and assured Morgan that she doesn’t believe she’s being “exploited” by the industry at all.

Watch the video below, via CNN:

And part two:

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