Porn Star Defends Reading to Elementary School Children After Parents Outraged | Sasha Grey Reads to Kids | Emerson Elementary | Compton California

Adult film star Sasha Grey read to Los Angeles elementary school students last week, prompting outrage from parents. (Image source: TMZ)

Sasha Grey, the porn star who outraged Los Angeles-area elementary school parents after she was invited to read to students last week, said Friday she will not stop reading to kids despite having “a past that some people may not agree with.”

Grey was participating in the National Education Association-sponsored “Read Across America” program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, Calif., reading to first and third grade students. TMZ obtained photos of the actress — now retired from the adult film industry — interacting with children during the Nov. 2 event.

Parents reportedly complained about Grey’s involvement and her proximity to their children, but instead of acknowledging what happened, the school district denied she had been there at all. A representative from the district told TMZ, “We have several celebrities who read to our students each year. The actress you have indicated [Sasha] was not present.”

Porn Star Defends Reading to Elementary School Children After Parents Outraged | Sasha Grey Reads to Kids | Emerson Elementary | Compton California

In this film publicity image released by Magnolia Pictures, Sasha Grey is shown in a scene from Steven Soderbergh's film, "The Girlfriend Experience." (AP Photo/Tribeca Film Festival)

The district’s response was at odds with the photographs posted online as well as a message Grey posted on Twitter last week: “Spent the am with Read Across America Compton, reading to the sweetest 1st & 3rd grade students @ Emerson Elementary!”

After news of the incident spread Friday, Grey posted a statement online defending her participation in the program. She called promoting education and literacy “an effort that is close to my heart” and said she would continue to do so.

“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 said. “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.”

Porn Star Defends Reading to Elementary School Children After Parents Outraged | Sasha Grey Reads to Kids | Emerson Elementary | Compton California

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