Miriam Weeks (Belle Knox): Parents Not Upset By "Duke Porn Star" Career!

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Duke University freshman Miriam Weeks, a.k.a. Belle Knox, says her parents are not upset by the fact that she took a side job as a porn star to pay tuition.

Weeks, 18, denied a report that her Army doctor dad was heartbroken when he found out about her side job upon returning from deployment in Afghanistan.

“My parents aren’t upset,” Weeks told the New York Daily News in between filming scenes for an upcoming adult film. “I want my family left out of it."

"If people criticize me that’s one thing, but leave my family alone."

The young woman who goes by Belle Knox on screen said she was “really, really upset” over a Daily Mail article that identified her parents, who live in Spokane, Wash.

Amanda Minor, the alleged mother-in-law of Miriam’s brother Paul, was quoted as saying of their parents, “They’re heartbroken, but it’s not irreparable."

Weeks, however, says that she’s never even met Minor in her life.

“That lady doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” Weeks said.

Before she was the Duke porn star, the youngest of three college-aged kids was an A student at Gonzaga Prep, a private school her parents paid $11,000 a year for.

Asked about her family’s reaction to her doing a variety of hardcore skin flicks to pay her $50,000-plus annual tuition at Duke, she clammed up.

Duke Porn Star Belle Knox
Belle Knox, a.k.a. the "Duke porn star," gets her financial aid in the sack.

“I’m not going to talk at all about my family,” Weeks said.

Clearly a sore subject, and understandably so, although she also rebutted claims that she went into porn because her parents cut her off financially.

“My family never cut me off,” the 18-year-old insisted.

She reiterated that she turned to porn to pay her tuition. “I didn’t feel like I had a lot of options,” said Weeks, who earns $1,500 to $2,000 per adult film.

The petite brunette, who was outed by a fellow student, is majoring in women’s studies. She said she plans to be a women’s rights or civil rights lawyer.

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When I first read this, I was like, "you go, girl -- follow your path and be free." But it didn't take long thinking about it to realize that this is all pretty ridiculous. First of all, there's this thing called financial aid. Second of all, I looked up some of her videos -- having a guy jizzing all over your face and in your eyes (ALL over is no exaggeration) is hardly what one might think of as empowering. And lying to your family and breaking their hearts? How would you like to come back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and see your 18 y.o. daughter all over the internet sucking c0cks? Lastly, not sure it's fair to other Duke students; it's a pretty big distraction to have a professional porn star next to you in your college class, particularly if you are struggling with complex material -- although I guess this could be debated.

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@ Gigi

Honestly financial aid isn't all that realistic. She goes to Duke University, which costs 50,000 plus dollars in tuition per year. Most places would never loan out that much money to someone for school (especially a student with no credit and no professional career). Not to mention the amount of debt that she would be in once she graduated... I think you are confused about empowerment and degradation because they are relative. I am sure that you have done some things that people from other cultures would consider disgusting/awful/disrespectful and that you probably found extremely satisfying and you were happy with the result. Self respect and empowerment are not something that you or anyone else can define for this young woman because they are things that ONLY SHE CAN FEEL FOR HERSELF and many onlookers such as yourself will not understand because we live in a society that shames women for openly expressing their sexuality. Students aren't distracted that she's a porn star. The girls are threatened because she is getting a lot of negative attention from men that she does not want and we unfortunately live in a society that does not value privacy or personal safety. Quit acting like college age students don't watch porn or know much about sex. They're not distracted. They are immature and bigoted frat boys. Also, assuming that all of the stuff about her family that GOSSIP COLUMNS write is true is slightly irresponsible and I would probably reconsider if you would like to offer and educated response.

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@ Hmm

I believe, beyond personal and adult decisions, what we all should be talking about is IF we are going to take prostitution and pornography as a legitimate way for teens to get financial aid for whatever purpose. If so, why would anybody bother to seek other kind of jobs, that pay less and require way more effort? Is just not a simple matter of "letting people do what they want", it is a social debate.

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Hello people - they are called loans. If you go to Duke one of the top 10 schools in the country you make 75K when you graduate. We all have student loans that we pay off then we graduate. I am 34 and paid off mine by college loans at UT by the time I was 29. It was $30K a year out of state. Duke empowers you to think bigger - this girl is thinking small.

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We are not looking at the bigger picture. Why does this young lady feel like she has no options and has to turn to porn? The education system puts huge financial pressure on the youth, crippling them just as they're beginning to start their lives. I don't believe anyone would turn to porn if they had any other choice. Making a month's worth of money in 1 video is hard to give up if you're really strapped for cash. So instead of judging her for doing porn, judge the education system for pushing people to make these decisions.

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@ Will H.

Has no other option? Please, she says she enjoys doing shoots, most of her videos are rough sex. If it was just for school then she wouldn't be going hardcore like this. She is a tramp plain and simple

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@ Will H.

We all have loans. They are called loans. You pay them off after you graduate. At Duke you are getting a $60K job the second you graduate. Work like we all have or do something creative. We all went through this process.

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As parents, they will be definately be upset but what can you do as parents if the cost of education is 50K/year! and you are not a rich parent.If your child is very determined to achieve and you have no means to support with your earnings, you will be heartbroken as a parent that you cannot help much especially if you have other kids to consider as well.I wish her well to stay healthy and safe and achieve her ambitions.

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Bullshit. Parents not upset? They might support her but of course they are going to be upset, if they aren't upset they are failures as parents. Just watched one of her videos.. if my daughter did that, she would be disowned.

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@ Guest2

Miriam should be upset that her parents cannot provide the financial needs to get her through school. You look at this from only 1 view.
-Why should the educational system not be shamed for such high tuitions? Why are they not help responsible for crippling the future generations by putting them 200K in debt after school (given that tuition is 50k/year and it takes 4 years)
-Why is the government not intervening? Why is it that they spend more money on jails and criminals than they do on this straight A student?
-Why is it acceptable for you to judge her for doing porn when you're one of the people watching said porn? I think you should disown your child because no one wants a closed-minded parent that can't provide for them.

Ravishastry

and in Indian history and mythology, there are dozens of stories of ladies who had to take the path of prostitution due to circumstances, yet they attained salvation due to their purity of heart and devotion to the lord.
The lord only sees whats in your heart & what are your intentions & motives...he weighs them more than your actions.

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If Porn is seen as demeaning, why isnt it banned in america ? If intellectuals feel she is degrading herself and her family, the intellectuals should step in, do something about college fees & close the industry which hurts the feelings of majority. In USA, the disparity between rich and poor is very much and govt fails to do anything regarding that. The society should always strive for a balance even though economic forces will widen the gap. Indians are unfortunately aping the US and have forgotten the rich wisdom accumulated over the eons !

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............just doing what is neccessary.

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You've got women talking about how she's "empowering herself" and "it's not degrading" and all that - if anyone has actually seen one of the videos, she stars in a humiliation fetish film where she is constantly mocked and insulted while having semen poured all over her face (100% true).

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@ Ray

You're talking about the Facial Abuse website. It's one of the worst porn sites out there. If you have a week stomach don't watch the trailers, but she is on there: the guys make fun of the scars on her legs she has from when she was self-harming. They ask why she did it, she says "I thought I was fat" (keep in mind this girl is 90 pounds) and then the guys make fun of her and call her fat. She then proceeds to call herself a feminist. I have no idea how anyone can claim that video is empowering: they're making fun of her self-harming and also reinforcing the reason she self-harmed in the first place by calling her fat. It's disgusting.

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@ dellsun

It's empowering because she is doing what she can to make ends meet. She is in control of her body and she can do what she wants. Can you say the same? (I'm sure you will come up with some rebuttal about how you'd never do porn but you're not in the same situation as she is and you're not being pushed to make this decision) She's not saying that the porn scene is empowering her. That's a very narrow way of looking at this situation and you're just manipulating her words into something that makes you feel like you're better or smarter than her.

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She will NEVER make enough in porn to pay for the full graduation at DUKE, even if the pornographers turn her inside out! Also, DUKE may not want a porn student.

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@ guest

she will now. Guaranteed she will make 10x the normal going rate for scenes.