The adult movie industry tends to function in its own universe, on its own spectrum, and within its own particular niche. Rarely does it mix with mainstream culture or politics, let alone trigger national news headlines. However, in the past year adult film stars who typically exist in search engine obscurity, or, at best, are glammed up selling sex products at subversive conventions like the Art Entertainment Expo, have found their names splashed across mainstream headlines.
In January, Duke University freshman Miriam Weeks was recognized as being adult star Belle Knox by one of her classmates. Word spread fast, and in no time a media circus surrounded the adult-film newcomer and women’s studies major. Rolling Stone ran a feature on the 19-year old freshman, and she’s appeared on numerous television and radio shows.
On August 9, adult film star Christy Mack was brutally attacked by her ex-boyfriend Jon Koppenhaver, better known as MMA fighter “War Machine.” The assault left Mack with 18 broken bones in her face, a fractured rib, knocked out teeth, and a ruptured spleen. War Machine is being held until an October 17 court hearing. Since the attack, Mack has posted an almost daily account of her recovery on social media. The event has heightened awareness of domestic abuse, a crime that is widely underreported in the adult industry. From defeating murder charges to running for Governor of California, here are 7 other adult films stars whose stories have made national headlines.
7 Bree Olson
6 Mary Carey
“Politics is a dirty business.” –Booth Tarkington
5 Stormy Daniels
4 Cameron Bay
3 3. John Holmes
2 2. Joslyn James
1 Traci Lords
Traci Lords brought the adult film industry to its knees in 1986, when a tabloid unearthed that all but one of the starlet’s films was shot when she was underage. The troubled teen had lied about her age (Lord’s was 16 in her first film in 1984), and an X-rated witch hunt ensued; agents were rounded up and arrested; producers were prosecuted; and Traci Lord’s fame skyrocketed. The scandalous story of the underage XXX star was even covered by the crème-de-la-crème of newspapers, The New York Times. Lords later segued into television (Roseanne, Melrose Place) and B-movies (Blade, Underworld). In 2008, she had a small role in Kevin Smith’s film Zack and Miri Make a P*rno, and in a classic example of art imitating life played an aging adult film actress named Bubbles.
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