Belle Knox
Duke Porn Star Belle Knox, aka Miriam Weeks

Duke University freshman Miriam Weeks, who performs in porn videos under the name Belle Knox, has decided to take time out from university after allegedly receiving death threats.

American student Knox, 18, made headlines worldwide after she it came to light that she was making x-rated porn films as a way to raise money for tuition fees at the university in Durham, North Carolina.

During an interview withFox411, the student-turned-pornstar said: "I've had people threaten to throw trash on me. I think that women resent me more."

She then explained that the anger and threats she's had directed at her since being outed as a porn star do not come only from those outside the academic environment.

"I have had a lot of critique come to me from the anti-porn feminists of Duke," she added.

"There's a way to get your point out there. I totally appreciate opinions. I love when people can argue with me or whatever. But there's a way to do it without attacking my personal character."

Knox, who is currently on a media tour in New York City, said she does not feel sorry for herself.

"I have my friends. I'm not all alone there."

The student is also defending the man who exposed her money-making porn career, after he had seen her videos on the internet.

"It's not acceptable that he's being harassed. I've actually released kind of a plea for my fans to stop harassing him," she said.

"He's a good person who made a mistake. He apologized for it, at the end of the day it's between me and him."

Knox has said, several times, that she intends to keep doing porn.

In an interview with Xojane website, she said that "doing pornography fulfils me".

However, she doesn't advise that other people follow in her footsteps.

"If I could give advice for any person who was choosing college, I would honestly advise them to go to a cheaper school," she said.

Knox said she has made between 25-30 videos so far.

"At the rate I'm going, I've made enough to pay for this year," she said.