MIAMI: Lebanese-American ex-porn star Mia Khalifa says Islamic State (IS) threatened to behead her in gruesome mocked-up execution photos.
Khalifa – a former top-ranked performer on the adult website – says the bloodthirsty terrorist group sent her the photos through social media.
Threatened by IS, Khalifa says in a recent interview with The Sports Junkies that she won’t give the extremists what they want: “You can’t show weakness. That’s exactly what they’re looking for. I really try and just make it look like it rolls off, but I’ll admit, it gets to you after a while.”
Khalifa moved from Beirut, Lebanon, to the US at the age of 10 before moving to Miami, where she’s currently based.
The 21-year-old history graduate’s brief stint in the porn industry drew criticism from many, including those in the Middle East who branded her a ‘disgrace’ to the region. The sale of erotic materials is banned in nearly every Muslim country except Lebanon and Turkey.
She has since re-tweeted the abuse sparked by those who have issues with her Middle Eastern origins.
Many took issue with a scene from one of her videos showing her having intercourse while wearing a hijab, part of traditional female Muslim dress, describing it as ‘problematic and gross’.
One Twitter user threatened her head “will be cut off soon”, while another warned her she would be “the first person in Hell fire”.