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Sasha Grey:

I Will NOT Quit

Reading to Schoolchildren

11/11/2011 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sasha Grey
Porn legend Sasha Grey says she will NOT back out of a national elementary school reading program -- despite pressure from parents -- claiming she will "not live in fear" of her XXX past.

TMZ broke the story ... Grey -- who once won a Best Oral Sex award for her role in "Throat: A Cautionary Tale" -- participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA last week.

Afterward, the school received complaints for letting Grey around the kids. For the record, Grey has been out of the adult business for 2 years.

Now, Sasha has released a statement ... saying, "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."

She adds, "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 believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives."

SASHA'S STATEMENT:

"I am proud to have participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA. 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."


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YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE    

I have no problem with this disease infested cesspool reading to other peoples kids

1014 days ago
47.

TefnutUaRaet    

Humanity, yall are a mess! If Sasha did not have an Attractive face, you all would totally be angry about her reading to children. Heck, if this was 'Chippy-D', you all would be picketing outside the school! Humanity are some dumb muth%$##%()(*)(*)(@@!!!!!!

1014 days ago
48.

V Kint    

What's she reading to these kids, 'Why are 4 Daddies inside Mommy?' But seriously, I like her work, AND considering that she's in COMPTON, she risked her life to go and read to kids that are most likely seldom read to.

1014 days ago
49.

Dan    

Hey, I'd rather have her reading a book than some priest.. Those f*ckers will molest your children when your back is turned! Give me Sasha Grey over some Christian f*ck any time of the day to read to kids.

1014 days ago
50.

jujubee    

To the people calling the non supporters "haters":
Sasha Grey is a porn star. It doesn't matter if she is retired from that industry, these videos can still be obtained on the internet and therefore will forever effect what she does in the future. As far as I know of her, she's the girl from entourage who played herself (a porn star) and got Vince hooked on drugs...I haven't seen her do anything credible to where she can call herself an actress/
She did porn, she has done nothing influential with her life that can send a positive message to the kids, and really she just has no business reading to them. Don't bash the parents, they have every right to be upset by this. The teachers are paid to do this, let them read to the kids.
ANDD it really doesnt matter if some of these parents were promiscuous in college or do sexual things behind closed doors, it is not how they make their money and half the world cant search for videos of them doing these things so that is completely irrelevant.
This is just wrong, and its so sickening that people are actually condoning this.

1014 days ago
51.

Jay W.     

All the haters here posting negative comments are more than likely... closet porn freaks.

1014 days ago
52.

TefnutUaRaet    

And, TMZ, how yall gonna run this story on Sasha right after running the Penn State Porn story??? See, this is the dumb sh## Humanity will continue to do!!! Pleeeaasse!

1014 days ago
53.

44 Magnum    

Why can't you people just STFU and let the young lady do what she wants. She's just trying to do something right. I'm sure it's a bunch of women complaining about her. It's usually women that complain about this type of nonsense.

1014 days ago
54.

Gwen Anaya    

It's not like she's filming one of her movies on school grounds. Those kids had no idea who she was. She was just another lady reading a story to them, which is probably more than their own parents do. How else would they know who or what she did in the past, unless their parents (who have probably seen every movie she's done and that's how they know who she is.) told them.

1014 days ago
55.

Regina    

I don't agree with how she LIVED her life, but she hasn't been in porn for 2 years. Everybody needs a second chance. She is doing something PRODUCTIVE with her life, good for her. A lot better than Kim K or Paris or Lindsay is doing.

1014 days ago
56.

pimpc    

SHOOOT I LOVE watching Sasha films..MAN that girl is a BEAST!!! open wide girl

1014 days ago
57.

Dan    

Hey, I'd rather have her reading a book than some priest.. Those f*ckers will molest your children when your back is turned! Give me Sasha Grey over some Christian f*ck any time of the day to read to kids.

1014 days ago
58.

osteenq    

I'd be willing to be that most of the people bitching about this couldn't be PAID to get their fat asses off a couch and read to school kids. F-ck all of 'em. Sanctimonious a--holes.

1014 days ago
59.

anony    

Sure, she's been out of the business for two years now, TMZ, but when you include things like:
"...who once won a Best Oral Sex award for her role in "Throat: A Cautionary Tale"...."
that's not going to help her cause.
I think that she'll be reading to ghetto kids only from now on because it's not likely she'll be reading to kids in Brentwood or BH.

1014 days ago
60.

Carla S.    

The U.S. educational system is completely broken, this has nothing to do with Sasha Grey's past. Good for her (and anyone) who decides to be proactive and do their part to volunteer time to help children learn. Parents complain and boycott this but don't show up at PTA meetings or petition the school boards and local and government officials to strengthen education goals and funding. That's the real disgrace.

1014 days ago
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