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Ex-porn star Sasha Grey says school fears 'being judged' over visit

November 17, 2011 |  7:16 am

Sasha Gray

Former porn star Sasha Grey said she doesn't blame the Compton Unified School District for the firestorm over her appearance at an elementary school last week.

Compton schools officials said they initially were not aware that Grey took part in a school reading program.

Officials later clarified the record, saying the visit was arranged by an outside talent coordinator. "The outside talent coordinator listed the actress as a mainstream actress from the HBO show 'Entourage,' " said the statement, which refrained from mentioning Grey by name.  "Although we have worked with this talent coordinator for several years, we will meet to review the participant selection process."

But Grey said she understood the district's position.

They're afraid. They're afraid of being judged. I'm often judged, so I understand that."" Grey said during an interview on ABC's "The View."

Some parents in Compton 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 "Entourage" cable series, visited Emerson Elementary School as part of its guest reader program last week.

The district said it's looking into the incident.


Ex-porn actress defends elementary school visit

School explains class visit by ex-porn star Sasha Gray

— Shelby Grad and Robert J. Lopez

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