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.
1. Duke Porn Star Belle Knox
Belle Knox, a.k.a. the "Duke porn star," gets her financial aid in the sack.
2. Duke Porn Star Revealed
Belle Knox has outed herself as the "Duke porn star" who pays for school with that side job.
5. Belle Knox Picture
Belle Knox is the "Duke porn star" who is clearly the most popular freshman on campus.
6. Belle Knox Pic
Belle Knox has revealed herself as the "Duke porn star" who pays for school with that side job.
9. Porn Star at Duke
Belle Knox looks like any college freshman. Save for her side job as a porn star.
10. Belle Knox Image
Belle Knox is a porn star by trade ... and a Duke freshman.
11. Hot Belle Knox Pic
Belle Knox poses for a photo as she reveals that she is the Duke porn star.
“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.
Miriam Weeks doing porn to pay tuition: Right or wrong?
The organization behind the Emmy Awards has a new name.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has undergone a rebranding as part of its “New Look — New Vision — New Destination” campaign, including a streamlining of its name from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to, simply enough, The Television Academy.
The rebranding will be accompanied by a “once-in-a-generation” $40 million fundraising campaign for the Television Academy Foundation.
The funds raised from the campaign will be used to establish a tuition-based scholarship program and bolster the philanthropic wing's internship program.
The Academy also plans to initiate new studies, research and white papers illuminating and exploring the changing face of the industry, and will launch a massive new construction project for its NoHo Arts District campus in the San Fernando Valley.
“This is the most important and pivotal year in our organization's history,” Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum (pictured above) said of the overhaul. “The Academy is expanding, innovating and evolving alongside the dramatic changes in our industry. The quality of storytelling in television has never been better, and the ability of our global audience to experience those stories in personal ways has been permanently enhanced by the creativity of our members and technology advances within our industry.”
Rosenblum will share details of the rebranding at Tuesday night's Television Academy Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The post Television Academy Announces New Name, Fundraising Drive appeared first on TheWrap.
Cameraman Justin Lyons, the sole witness to the tragic death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin revealed the star's final moments in a new interview this week.
"I'm dying," was all the 44-year-old popular television host said after a surprise attack eight years ago by a massive stingray, Lyons told Studio Ten Sunday.
The two were in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in September 2006 to shoot a nature documentary when they found a "massive, 8-foot-wide stingray," Lyons said.
Lyons, who worked with Irwin for 15 years, said they were “looking for something to do” when they went exploring around the water in an inflatable boat.
He told his friend to swim up behind the stingray and he would try to get a shot of the "normally very calm" animal. But the stingray did not remain calm.
“All of a sudden, it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail," Lyons said, adding that it made "Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds."
“I didn’t realize how serious it was. I didn’t know it punctured his heart. I thought maybe it just punctured his lung and we had a good chance of saving him.”
He pulled Irwin into a boat and tried to get him help. He did CPR on him for an hour but Irwin, who was bleeding profusely from his chest, could not be revived.
Lyons told Irwin to think of his children in that moment. "He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying.' And that was the last thing he said," Lyons said.
When the medics finally came they pronounced him dead within 10 seconds of their arrival, Lyons said. He said he would never release the footage.
"Never," he said. "Out of respect for his family, I would say never."
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the age of 46. He was found with a needle in his arm and had a history of drug abuse.
2. Cory Monteith
Cory Monteith was 27 years old when he passed away. He overdosed on drugs during a night of partying in Vancouver.
3. Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger left us with one final, amazing performance. He earned an Oscar for his work as The Joker.
4. Paul Walker
Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.
5. Gia Allemand
Gia Allemand was only 29 when she died. The former Bachelor contestant took her own life.
6. James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini will always be remembered as Tony Soprano. He died of a heart attack at the age of 51.
8. Gary Coleman
Rest in peace, Gary Coleman. The sitcom star left this world at the age from an intercranial hemorrhage.
9. Corey Haim
We lost Corey Haim to a reported drug overdose in March 2010. He is remembered for a number of roles, such as Lost Boys.
10. Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy poses here at the 2009 Video Music Awards. She passed away at the age of 32.
11. Michael Jackson
Celebrity death don't hit the world harder than that of Michael Jackson. He was 50 years old when he passed away.
12. Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur poses here with his mother. The rapper was gunned down at the age of 25.
14. Tim Russert
Tim Russert was as respected as it gets in the world of journalism. He died in 2008.
15. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was a key part of TLC. She was killed in a car accident.
16. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston passed away the night before the Grammys. She overdosed in a hotel bathtub.
19. Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith died at the young age of 39. She lived a very troubled life.
20. Biggie Smalls
Biggie Smalls got caught up in the East Coast/West Coast rap war. He was killed in 1997.
Juan Pablo Galavis was taken to task and absolutely eviscerated Monday on Twitter following his actions and comments on the controversial Bachelor season finale.
At issue? Juan Pablo's treatment of runner-up Clare Crawley and winner (if you can call her that) Nikki Ferrell on the finale and After the Final Rose special.
It's hard to imagine the once-popular reality star falling any further from the public's good graces than he did Monday, and over the course of the season.
Three of his top six women this season now hate him. That says it all right there, although his favorability ratings are far less positive with the general public.
While diplomatic last night on the ATFR special, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici were more candid on Twitter, as were many other familiar franchise stars.
Plenty of non-Bachelor celebs got in on the action as well, because Juan Pablo was just that much of a dick to Clare ... and Nikki. And Chris Harrison.
Here's a sampling of classic tweets about the worst Bachelor ever ...
Sarah Hyland: I knew from day 1. I HATE #JuanPablo sooo much. I feel awful for every girl, including the one with the final rose.
Jason Biggs: I can't believe he whispered "let's get rapey" in Clare's ear. #TheBachelor
Sean Lowe: JP lives with his foot in his mouth. #TheBachelor
Catherine Lowe: Eeek. #thebachelor
Zach Braff: Missed the end of the Bachelor. Did they all get tested? #dirtydick
J.P. Rosenbaum: Hey #JotaPe, get yourself a shovel.... you're in deep sh*t #TheBachelor
1. Juan Pablo and Clare Crawley
Juan Pablo and Clare Crawley in their final face to face moment ever. It was not pretty.
4. Clare About to Get Dumped
Little does Clare Crawley know that she is about to get the heave ho from Juan Pablo.
6. Nikki Ferrell Waits
Nikki Ferrell waits for the big moment where Juan Pablo proposes to her ... oh wait, when he says he likes her a lot.
8. Nikki Ferrell and Juan Pablo Galavis
Nikki Ferrell and Juan Pablo Galavis on The Bachelor Season 18 finale.
9. Nikki Ferrell and Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell embrace on The Bachelor season finale. How romantic.
10. Juan Pablo and Nikki Pic
I like you a lot, Juan Pablo tells Nikki Ferrell on The Bachelor. He really knows how to woo them.
Ali Fedotowsky: "I'm glad I didn't pick her" WHAAAAT? Ok - I can't defend him. I wanted to but that was very low. I can't now.
Jillian Harris: Ugh. I don't even know what to think about that #bachelor finale. My heart hurts a little for everyone on that season right now.
Molly Mesnick: Ugh…I feel so sad abt everything Bachelor tonight. The hate, the tears, the awkwardness. We will talk ALL about this in tomorrows podcast
Trista Sutter: And let me be clear...I am by no means confused that JP isn't in love. I am confused as 2 why being disrespectful & rude are called honest.
Jaclyn Swartz: Who would you rather: Ben Flananananana or Juan Pabs #TheBachelor
Jenny McCarthy: Oh shitballs. This can't end well. #thebachelor
Emily Maynard: Oh man this is weird. I feel uncomfortable. #TheBachelor
Yvette Nicole Brown: Didn't watch #TheBachelor season, just the finale. That #JuanPablo is a JERK! #ImGladIDidntPickHer?! I feel so sorry for the 1 he did pick.
1. Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum
Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum are married. He won her heart on The Bachelorette.
2. Brad Womack and Emily Maynard
Brad Womack and Emily Maynard did not last. He chose no one on his first stint on The Bachelor, making in 0-for-2.
3. Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi got engaged on The Bachelor. They broke up in epic fashion and did not last long, to the surprise of no one.
4. Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici got engaged on The Bachelor in 2013. They are set to wed in early 2014.
5. Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried
Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got engaged on The Bachelorette in 2013. They are still a thing!
6. Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney
Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney got engaged, and married, and had a kid! After he dumped his final rose recipient Melissa Rycroft and chose Molly instead ... close enough.
7. Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson got engaged on The Bachelor, and lasted for about a year. They broke up.
8. Emily Maynard and Jef Holm
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm broke up really fast. She chose Jef with one F over Sean Lowe on The Bachelorette. Bad call.
9. Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez
Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez dated for a long while. They didn't last, however.
10. Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski
Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski's engagement was short-lived. She's better off for it.
11. Jesse Csincsak and Deanna Pappas
Jesse Csincsak and Deanna Pappas got engaged after The Bachelorette chose him over Jason Mesnick. Did not take.
12. Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter
Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter have been together so long, we forget that she was ever not Mrs. Ryan Sutter. They have been married for a decade and have two kids!
Juan Pablo Galavis: Worst Bachelor ever?
‘Mad Men’ Star Elisabeth Moss Is Over Talking About Scientology, Still Open to Trashing Marriage to Fred Armisen
“Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss doesn't want to talk about her affiliation with the Church of Scientology anymore, but she's still open to discussing her “extremely traumatic and awful and horrible” marriage to former “Saturday Night Live” star Fred Armisen.
“Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young,” Moss told New York Magazine. “It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible. At the same time, it turned out for the best. I'm glad that I'm not there. I'm glad that it didn't happen when I was 50. I'm glad I didn't have kids. And I got that out of the way. Hopefully. Like, that's probably not going to happen again.”
Moss, who plays Peggy Olson opposite Jon Hamm's Don Draper on AMC's drama surrounding advertising executives, probably won't weigh in on Scientology again, either.
“I'm not going to talk about it anymore,” the 31-year-old Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner told the publication. “I said what it meant to me, and anyone can go and look at that if they want to know what I feel. But now it's private, off limits.”
Previously, Moss has said the controversial religion incorporated by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard in 1953 was ”grossly misunderstood by the media.”
“I would feel the same way, honestly,” Moss continued in her latest — and maybe last — commentary on the subject. “I think if there was something that I didn't know and didn't understand, I would probably feel as opinionated. You know how you're opinionated about when someone breaks up? Celebrities break up and you just feel like you know what happened?”
Despite reading “100 percent made up” things about her 2010 break up with Armisen in the tabloids, Moss admits that even she is “not perfect in that way,” and enjoys reading “a little” celebrity gossip and looking at pictures of the stars.
“I always knew that the stuff that you read is not true, but when I was in the situation and you really, actually read things that you apparently said or did that are 100 percent made up … It's just the strange,” Moss said. ”Simple thing of, that's your heart they're talking about, and it just … it sucks.”
Lil Boosie has been in the music studio every night since his March 5 release from prison, laying down some of the 1,018 sounds he wrote while locked up.
But who's counting.
At his "Boosie Speaks" press conference Monday in New Orleans, the Baton Rouge rapper chatted about his new endeavors in and out of the studio.
Lil Boosie (real name Torrence Hatch), is now looking forward to collaborating with Drake, fellow Louisiana rapper Lil Wayne and even Justin Bieber.
"I just did one (track) with Young Jeezy last night," Lil Boosie said. "Me and Justin Bieber gonna do something, too. I know it's (going to be) a hit."
"I'm always excited about music. I'm like a music fiend. I know music from the '50s, '60s, '70s on up. I just want to work with everybody who's doing their thing."
It's not like he could make Bieber's reputation any worse. Aside from his musical goals, the rapper also has written a book and has plans to make a film.
"I'm trying to get my own liquor, my own clothing line. … My own smell-good cologne. I'm just working, trying to take my success to another level," he said.
"Everything has a time. You can have all this stuff, but everything got to be dropped at the right time." That time for him is long overdue, he believes.
The rapper had been in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola following a 2009 marijuana-related drug conviction. And that's not even the half of it.
While in prison, the rapper spent 20 months in solitary confinement between his indictment for first-degree murder and his acquittal on that same charge.
During those months - more than a year and a half - Lil Boosie said he only communicated with others during daily, 15-minute phone call period.
"It was messed up," he said of the experience.
"That's all I can say. It was messed up."
1. Justin Bieber Mug Shot
Justin Bieber looks pretty darn happy here in his mug shot, doesn't he? Perhaps that's because he is under the influence of... something.
3. Reese Witherspoon Mug Shot
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth pose for mug shots here after arrests in Atlanta in April 2013.
6. Young Jeezy Mugshot
Young Jeezy was arrested in early 2014 and charged with beating up his own son. This is the rapper's latest mug shot.
9. Lisa Robin Kelly Mug Shot
Lisa Robin Kelly got in trouble with the law often before passing away. This is one of her mug shots.
10. Sharkeisha Mug Shot
Sharkeisha Tyeshia Thompson is the girl whose punch out of a rival girl went viral. If this is her, it's her mug shot.
11. George Zimmerman Mug Shot
George Zimmerman's latest mug shot. He was arrested after a disturbance call.
12. DMX Mug Shot
DMX has so many mug shots you have to title them by month AND year. Always a good sign.
14. 2 Chainz Mug Shot
This is 2 Chainz's mugshot following his arrest after a tour bus standoff with cops in August 2013.
15. Scott Storch Mug Shot
This is Scott Storch. His mug shot was taken after an arrest for cocaine in 2012.
16. Lil Scrappy Mug Shot
Lil Scrappy's mug shot. Good times right there. For us, obviously. Not Scraps.
23. Mel Gibson Mug Shot
Good ol' Mel, right after he blamed all the world's problems on Jews and asked Sugar Tits what she's lookin' at.
24. Lindsay Lohan Mug Shot
This is the Lindsay Lohan mugshot from her most recent DUI arrest. She belongs in jail for a long time.
26. June Shannon Mug Shot
June Shannon is the mother of Honey Boo Boo. She was booked in 2008 on charges of theft.
27. Randy Travis Mug Shot
Randy Travis' amazing mug shot after he was arrested for nakedly driving, then threatening a cop in August 2012. Allegedly.
28. Mischa Barton Mug Shot
The Mischa Barton mug shot has been released! The singer was busted for DUI on December 27, 2007. What a shock! Mischa Barton is totally a good girl... not.
29. Pitbull Mug Shot
Alleged rapper Pitbull was arrested in Miami for DUI. This mug shot of Pitbull was released shortly thereafter.
30. Heidi Fleiss Mug Shot
This Heidi Fleiss mug shot was taken February 7, 2008, in Pahrump, Nevada. We're serious. It was, and that is a real place. Heidi Fleiss is lookin' hot, wouldn't you say?
31. Floyd Mayweather Mugshot
This is Floyd Mayweather. His 2012 mugshot is not as happy as some of the ones in the past.
32. Jenna Jameson Mug Shot
Jenna Jameson is accustomed to money shots. But she poses here for a mug shot after getting booked for DUI.
33. Unabomber Mug Shot
The mug shot of the Unabomber, a.k.a. Ted Kaczynski. Good thing this dude got busted.
34. George Zimmerman Mug Shot
This is George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. He has not been charged with a crime in that case.
36. Jerry Sandusky Mug Shot
Jerry Sandusky has been arrested on multiple child abuse charges. This is the mug shot of the former Penn State defensive coordinator.
37. Dr. Conrad Murray Mug Shot
Dr. Conrad Murray poses for his mug shot after he was sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
And the winner of this week's "Confusing And Overcomplicated Branding" award is... (drumroll, please!) The diffr3nt|slim case! Unfortunate name aside, the diffr3nt case for iPhone is made of canvas and assembled right here in the U.S. of A. In Connecticut, to be exact. Read More
Paul Ryan recently told a story of a little boy who didn't want a free school lunch, but rather a lunch in a brown paper bag — because it would mean someone at home loved him.
The problem was, it was a mangled, distorted version of someone else's story — and the boy in the story, now an adult, advocates for school lunch programs, as the Washington Post reported. On Monday's “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took Paul's lie apart.
Paul said he had heard the tale from a woman serving in the cabinet of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and that it proved that school lunch programs provided “a full stomach and an empty soul.”
Except that… well.
“Even though the woman in that story never actually met that boy, because she took the actual story from a book, and even though the actual boy in the story Paul Ryan was telling was not complaining about getting food assistance, but asking that when he got food assistance, could he get that food assistance in a brown paper bag because it could help him avoid the stigma of getting food assistance, and even though that actual boy, who's now an adult, and the author of that story regularly make public appearances to advocate for free school lunches… point taken,” Stewart said.
Of course, Ryan isn't one to get too bogged down on facts: Remember when he cut more than an hour off his marathon time?
Watch the video:
The post Jon Stewart Shreds Paul Ryan's Fake School Lunch Story (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.
Farrah Abraham looks a lot different after plastic surgery. To say the least. Her nose, chin, forehead ... you name it. This is not the Farrah of Teen Mom fame. The Farrah of Backdoor Teen Mom fame is gradually but noticeably turning into Kim Karda...
Procrastination is a thing of the devil. We get that. And with that thought, our lovely events team has extended the extra early bird sale on Disrupt NY tickets. This cuts $250 off the price of the already discounted early bird price, hence the name “extra” early bird special. On Wednesday, March 13, the price of a general admission ticket jumps $250 to $1,995 and then on April 28th, a… Read More