To the amusement of some students and the disgust of a University official, three pornographic videos of a woman masturbating in what appears to be Cornell libraries have caught the eye of readers on forums and national media outlets alike.
Claudia Wheatley, director of press relations, described the first video that was released as being “pretty sick.”
“When I was a kid, my mother said some people will do anything for attention, and 50 years later, I’m still amazed by how low people will go,” Wheatley said.
The first video, which was uploaded onto a porn website, initially made the rounds on Ezra Hub — an online forum for Cornell students — when a person with the alias “mash-agl;hgdaslhk” shared the link to the video on Monday.
“This video is clearly filmed in Carpenter [Hall]. You can go to that exact spot and look around,” the user said, adding, “even the chairs are the same as in the video.”
The person, perhaps anticipating the reaction of other Cornellians in the hours to come, expressed confusion at how blatantly public the masturbatory act was.
“My question is, what the poppycock? She’s facing a window (the one by the bike racks) and it’s broad daylight. And at one point, you can see people behind her studying,” the person wrote on the forum.
Soon after, two more videos of the woman masturbating — this time, at the Cornell Law Library — surfaced on Ezra Hub.
Wheatley said that she has not had a chance to contact the person who uploaded the video — or its star, who Gawker identified as “Cameron Knight,” an amateur model from Syracuse, N.Y.
“I don’t know what was going on there … If that’s the kind of attention she was looking for, I guess she got it,” Wheatley said.