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Ex-porn actress Sasha Grey defends elementary school visit

November 15, 2011 |  7:23 am

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Former porn star Sasha Grey defended her visit to a Compton elementary school as officials tried to explain how the actress was chosen to read to a classroom full of children.

"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," Grey said in a statement obtained by the Ministry of Gossip. "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."

Some parents in Compton have complained about her visit to the school last week. "They could not find a fireman or a police officer?" asked parent Dudley Wheaton. "They had to get a porn star?"

Grey, who recently landed a part in the HBO show "Entourage," visited Emerson Elementary School as part of its guest reader program. The visit was arranged by an outside talent coordinator, the Compton Unified School District said in a statement.

"The outside talent coordinator listed the actress as a mainstream actress from the HBO show 'Entourage,' " said the statement, which refrained from mentioning Gray by her name.  "Although we have worked with this talent coordinator for several years, we will meet to review the participant selection process."

The district also said that, contrary to media reports, the reading program was not part of the Reading Across America program.

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Photo: Sasha Grey in 2009. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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