Adult Film Star Sasha Grey Causes A Stir By Reading To Elementary School Children; Says She'll Do It Again
November 13th, 2011 11:11am EST
Retired adult film star Sasha Grey has recently come under fire for reading to school children at a Compton, Calif. Elementary School as a part of the Read Across America program - and the actress maintains that she has no plans to stop volunteering her time to help promote education anytime soon.
When parents got word of a former porn star reading to their children on Nov. 2nd, naturally they became upset and concerned. But then the school tried to cover it up, when a spokesperson for the district denied she was even in the classroom to begin with.
"We have several celebrities who read to our students each year. The actress you have indicated [Grey] was not present," the spokesperson said.
However a Tweet from the actress contradicted the statement:
"Spent the am with Read Across America Compton, reading to the sweetest 1st & 3rd grade students @ Emerson Elementary!"
It might have been easy for the school to deny her tweet had that been the only evidence, however a few photographs (actually 10) of Sasha reading Dav Pilkey's "Dog Breath" and Dr. Seuss classic "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" to a room full of children surfaced on TMZ.com last week - spoiling the whole cover-up.
Shortly after the news broke, Sasha took to her Twitter account to defend herself and, basically, told people to get over it.
"I am proud to have participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA." she says in a statement.
"I read 'Dog Breath' by Dav Pilkey to the sweetest 1st and 3rd grade children.
"Read Across America" is a program that was designed to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in elementary school students. Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty; encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental. I believe education is a universal right. I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent. I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner.
"I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am. I will not live in fear of it.
To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational. I cannot thank my fans and "Read Across America" enough for supporting my decision. Your support and kind words continue to inspire me. I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives."
Since leaving the adult industry two years ago (she posed for Playboy last October) Sasha has been working on crossing over to mainstream films. In addition to a recurring role on Entourage in 2010, she starred in director Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience. She has a few films in the works also - Skinny Dip, starring Doug Jones, Pam Grier and Danny Trejo; and, ironically, Linda Lovelace biopic Inferno, starring Malin Akerman, Paz de la Huerta and Matt Damon. Lindsay Lohan was previously involved in the project but was replaced by Akerman.
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