Duke porn star: Sherri Shepherd was condescending


'Belle Knox', the Duke student-turned-porn star, claimed today that Sherri Shepherd was very condescending to her during her appearance on The View on Monday.

Knox - whose real name is Miriam Weeks - said that Shepherd refused to accept her decision to star in pornographic films to fund her tutition at the prestigious college - leaving her feeling judged.

Speaking out today on HuffPost Live, the 18-year-old star of some 30 adult movies also revealed that she does in fact regret one particular sex scene she starred in because it was too rough.

Appearing on Monday's The View, Weeks said that all the women on the panel of the long-running topical show made her feel they were scornful of her porn-career, but in particular Shepherd.

'Sherri Shephered - was incredibly condescending and totally ignored my sexual autonomy,' said Weeks to HuffPost Live.

Discussing the reaction to her outing by a fellow student as a porn star with the all-female panel, Weeks said that at least Whoopi Goldberg left her feeling that she wasn't alone.

Speaking about the lessons she learned from that, Weeks said that she always sets the limits of what she is comfortable with while at work.

'When there's BDSM scenes and rough sex scenes, you set the limits beforehand and you do what you want to do,' she said.

'I completely stand by every performer's right to perform in a rough sex scene. We live in America, where there is freedom of speech.'

In a posting to xojane.com, Weeks expanded on her feelings about the scene which she claims is the only thing she would like to change about her 30-films.

'Before I had a legitimate porn agent, I heard about a website that paid well but was psychologically extreme. I don't want to give them any more publicity by using their name.

'I could handle it, I thought.'

Painting her decision to star in the film as a 'daring, bad-ass' and even 'subversive' choice, Weeks claims she was acting out an 'experiment' by being in the scene.

'I was in control, I was calling the shots and the safe words, and I was the one choosing to do something so psychologically and physically extreme, rather than someone taking advantage of me,' writes Weeks.

'I love rough sex -- and I can do this. That's what I saw the choice as being.'

However, Weeks denies that her participation in one scene should define her, 'the same way I don't believe sex should define women in general.

'We as performers have rights to express ourselves and as long as everything is consensual and legal, then more power to everyone involved.'

Talking about the particular scene, Weeks said that what she finds more revealing is that it shows off the state of feminism in today's society.

'To me, feminism is about women not being shamed but rather being empowered,' said Weeks.

Claiming that it is paradoxical to say that feminists can not enjoy rough sex, Weeks attacks those who call her an 'emotionally disturbed little girl'.

'Be a lady in the streets and a freak between the sheets.' That's the trick isn't it? I would say that's part of the reason that I wanted to do a rough porn scene -- to take ownership of my fantasies,' writes Weeks.

Indeed, in her HuffPost Live interview, Weeks said that she only does scenes and scenarios that she herself finds arousing.

'I said what I Like doing and what I don't like doing,' said Weeks about her first scene filmed in LA.

Weeks said that since she was outed as a porn star she has received death threats and is very appreciative of Duke officials for making her feel safe and supported as a student.

She also expressed real regret that she didn't tell her parents that she was working in pornography.

'I do have some regrets,' said Weeks.

'The primary one was not telling my family - I know a lot of girls whose parents don't know they do porn.'

She admitted that she was extremely nervous about her first shoot and is getting hit on all the time since she hit the news - by guys and girls.

Weeks said that making adult movies - she has starred in around 30 films so far - left her feeling empowered.

She said: 'For centuries, sex workers have been the untouchables of society. I'm sick of it, I'm taking a stand against it.'