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8 Porn Stars Who Made National News

Before Belle Knox, these adult movie actors and actresses made headlines

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It's been a busy couple of semesters for Duke University freshman/porn star Belle Knox, the subject of a new Rolling Stone profile. In January, classmate Thomas Bagley recognized Knox, 19, from her extracurricular work and allegedly spread word on campus, which quickly led to national media coverage on the adult-film newcomer. Since then, Knox has responded via open letters and high-profile television and radio appearances, both standing by her sideline gig and calling out the hypocrisy of her critics. The Spokane, Washington, native even drew the now-infamous vitriol of celebrity therapist Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Of course, Knox isn't the only XXX actor to find his or her name ripped from search-engine obscurity and splashed across sensational mainstream headlines. Here are eight other sex-industry performers whose adulterous affairs, custody battling, traumatic tell-alls, criminality and health scares made them, however briefly, household names. By Kenny Herzog

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