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Duke University porn actress debuts at NYC strip club

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - An 18-year-old freshman at Duke University has been working as a porn actress for the past four months to help pay for the hefty tuition at the prestigious school.

But Miriam Weeks a.k.a. Belle Knox isn't stopping there. She made her strip club debut in New York City on Tuesday night.

Knox was reportedly "nervous" ahead of her gig at Headquarters in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

The sex industry is lucrative, Knox has said, and she's already made about $30,000 to defray the costs of her $46K+ yearly tuition at the Durham, North Carolina school.

“I’m an 18 year old, I have no job skills. I have no degree. The only job I could get is a minimum wage job. My tuition bill is $4300 a month. There is no minimum wage job that would pay me $4300 a month. The only loans I was eligible for were private loans with these exorbitant rates. I did the math and I knew I would be paying off these loans for decades. I didn’t want to be a slave to any bank. I rather pay for my tuition,” said Knox during FOX 5's morning news program Good Day New York.

But the pay check is coming at its own high cost. Knox says she has been ridiculed and threatened --even with death-- by students at Duke. And it was a Duke student who 'outed' the teen.

"Those threats are out there and it's really unfortunate. The listed where I live, where my parents live... birth certificates of people in my family. (But) for all of my haters and all the threats I get there are 10 other messages on my side and that I should keep going," said Knox who has seen a great deal of support in social media.

She is expected to return to classes soon with a police escort.

Knox says she wants to graduate from Duke in four years and hopes to become a women's rights attorney.
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