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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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61.

3Storms    

TMZ got the facts wrong. Sasha Gray retired just this year.

ALso, she's disgusting and is the queen of ass-to-mouth porn. And yes her past does define who she is no matter how hard she tries to establish herself as a legitimate actress.

1041 days ago
62.

TefnutUaRaet    

And Sasha you said that you will not stop reading to children??? Bit#@, you need to Stop!! Just stop this madness you're getting off on at the schools!! And which dumb human-Being invited Sa*****o the school to read to children?? You need your arse beat. That was not cool!!!

1041 days ago
63.

just me    

Really? wow.. I wonder if people reacted this way to Bill Clinton? considering he stayed in office for another couple of years after the 1,2,3... incidents.
Or perhaps if your little guy at home is a youth golfer and he gets to meet tiger woods... I guess we would say hell no... right??
Lets get the facts.. she has not done any porn in 2 years.
But then again.. I suppose nobody here has ever made bad decisions in life... must be great to live in a perfect world.

1041 days ago
64.

josh    

How would these people feel if it was a male porn star reading to these kids?

1041 days ago
65.

NothingWrongWithThis    

I've met Sasha and she is an amazing and caring person. She can read & write unlike many of the people that post here. I applaud her for doing this. Sasha is proof there are genuinely good people that have done porn. Stop judging them and be a better parent. I'd have no problem with her watching my kids for a week. The bad example was set by the school by lying. They could learn something from Sasha who has always been an open book.

1041 days ago
66.

CREWMAX    

I AGREE IF THE STUDENT FIND OUT ABOUT HER PORN SITE IT WILL BE A STORY TO EXPLAIN

1041 days ago
67.

LETTY    

GO CHECk OUT HER YOUTUBE CHANNEL: MISS SASHA GREY! THIS FURTHER SUGGESTS WHY THIS SEX WORkER SHOULD NOT BE NEAR SCHOOLS. SHE BRAGS ABOUT USING HER MOUTH TO DRINk AND SWALLOW FLUIDS, YET YOU WANT TO BE IN A CLASSROOM TRAMP? CONTINUE DOING WHAT YOU DO BEST AND THAT'S GETTING DOWN ON YOUR kNEES FOR MEN.

1041 days ago
68.

Selebraties Suck    

Is she reading Hustler?

Has she been tested for AIDS?

1041 days ago
69.

Pimpcessa    

Personally I don't have a problem with her reading a kiddie book to the kiddies. I have a problem with the school denying the fact that she was at their school. And if they just "didn't know" then I question their ability to do accurate background check on people they allow in their classrooms around the children.

1041 days ago
70.

dd    

Don't quit...it's ok to change your life.

1041 days ago
71.

cynical me    

Good for her! She should be able to support and contribute her time to this organization. She's not having sex while reading to these kids, she's not pushing them into porn, she's not handing out her movies to them either.
Those kids only know that she's a nice lady who's taken time out of her day to read to them. The parents who are in an uproar about it, unless they watch porn they wouldn't know who this girl was anyway.

1041 days ago
72.

Mike66    

Sasha did porn so what.Now she found a different calling reading to 1st graders.Good for her.(Do not judge, and you will not be judged)

1041 days ago
73.

deven    

I'm sure all those elementary children are pointing fingers and going "oh-no its a porn star". If those children know who she is, then maybe these parents need to take a look at themselves. I think its great she is in the school reading to children - because you don't approve of her "past" doesn't make her a bad person. Our children come into contact with people everyday that we know nothing about - I'm sure all those parents whose kids were at camp with Sandusky at Penn State thought they were save. Don't judge her.

1041 days ago
74.

Regina    

Kids don't care much about what people do for a living, that's an adult thing. They may know what she did, but they DON'T CARE. For example:I was talking to my nephew, 6 years old, first grade, and he told me about somebody on tv being a stripper. I asked him did he know what that meant, and he said yes, they take their clothes off for money. My sister explained it to him. To him it was a statement of fact, not like he was going to go and find one or ask us to do it. My niece also asked what a prostitute was because she was reading a book that mentioned a red light dristict( She is very advanced for her age in reading) I told her what it was. She crinkled up her nose and said ewwwww and went on about life. She or my nephew never asked again. For their age and maturity level it was an appropiate conversation. It's the parents who make a big deal out of things, not the kids. All they know someone is reading to them, which relaxes kids. And kids nowa days don't get near enough time with books.

1041 days ago
75.

Jessica    

I have no problem with what she does for a living, it's her choice, and I don't think that her "career" move affects who she is as a person.. however..

I do think it's inapproriate for her to be reason to school children. Kids are easily influenced by the people around them, and if I had a child I wouldn't want an adult film star being an influence to them.

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