Former Central New York pastor returns to porn as Nadia Hilton: ‘I just want to be me’

Crystal DiGregorio, of Clay, N.Y., also known as adult film star Nadia Hilton, appears in an August 2021 photo by Michael Lepore | touch of boudoir.

Nadia Hilton is back.

Former Central New York pastor Crystal DiGregorio has returned to her stage name and is doing porn again on OnlyFans, an online subscription service popular with adult entertainers. She’s still an ordained minister, but said she stepped away from the New Beginnings Christian Life church in Fulton, N.Y., after getting tired of dealing with judgmental parishioners.

“I’m not in any particular (religious) group anymore. I decided to step back from all that after seeing a lot of judgment from church people. Very judgmental,” she told syracuse.com | The Post-Standard in a phone interview.

DiGregorio, who grew up in Oswego and now lives in Clay, appeared in more than 100 films over 10 years as porn actress “Nadia Hilton,” earning $300,000 a year. She gave it all up in 2015 when she found God and her then-husband David Bassette; they both served as pastors at the Fulton church until they divorced.

DiGregorio, 37, has since remarried and embraced her famous alter ego again on social media. She opened up about her experiences last month in a video for “Brand New Me,” an international YouTube series for truly (formerly known as Barcroft TV) that focuses on “amazing true stories celebrating difference, maintaining a sense of wonder and confronting the extreme.” The channel has 5.8 billion views total and DiGregorio’s video has already been watched more than 200,000 times on Facebook and YouTube.

“After porn I did a 180 and became a pastor, and now I just want to be me,” she said in the video.

Crystal DiGregorio, also known as porn star Nadia Hilton, appears at left in an August 2021 photo by Michael Lepore | touch of boudoir, and at right at the 2006 Adult Video News (AVN) Awards Show in Las Vegas in a Getty Images file photo.

DiGregorio told syracuse.com that she does not do porn scenes with other people on OnlyFans. She still considers it porn, but is more like an adult model whose fans can message her one-and-one and ask for her to wear (or not wear) specific things in solo photos or videos.

“People are pretty respectful. I don’t have a lot of issues on that,” she said.

OnlyFans has 130 million users and 2 million creators who have collectively earned $5 billion, including many sex workers who joined during the Covid-19 pandemic when in-person strip clubs and brothels shut down. The site made headlines last month when it said it would block sexually explicit content on its app to appease banks and payment processors, but quickly dropped the planned ban after partners promised to support “all genres of creators.”

DiGregorio said she still goes to church, but is no longer contracted with an agency or an adult video company, allowing her to choose what she does and when. That’s a big change from when she was a pastor and was told she couldn’t show skin, wear makeup, or have visible tattoos.

“Doing OnlyFans as a Christian, I know I’m going to have criticism,” she said in the truly video. “The way I look at posting adult content is: God brought me into this world naked. Posting pictures naked I don’t think is this big huge crime or, you know, this big sin.

“I’m happy being in the middle. Not all porn, and not all church.”

Her husband Andrew told truly that he fully supports her (”As long as it doesn’t break up our marriage, I’m down with it”) and even helps manage her OnlyFans page for her. People who are interested in following DiGregorio can sign up at onlyfans.com and search for “Nadia Hilton.”

DiGregorio previously said she hated doing adult films, but embraced it for a while, even opening an Oswego nightclub with her name on it: Crystal. The club closed after a few years, though, and Bassette had both legal and financial trouble, forcing her to file for bankruptcy. She broke her nose in a 2014 car crash and was arrested for drunk driving. Her ex-boyfriend, fired Syracuse police sergeant Kevin Blair, sued her for $1 million, alleging years of abuse and a smear campaign that cost him his job.

But now she’s a happily married mother of four who’s accepted who she is, flaws and all, and wants others to do the same.

“I don’t judge anybody,” she told syracuse.com. “People can live their lives and do whatever they want to do.”

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Facebook AI Creates Its Own Language In Creepy Preview Of Our Potential Future

British scientist Stephen Hawking warned about the[-]
potentially tragic consequences of artificial intelligence in 2014. / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE’N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook shut down an artificial intelligence engine after developers discovered that the AI had created its own unique language that humans can’t understand. Researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that the chatbots had deviated from the script and were communicating in a new language developed without human input. It is as concerning as it is amazing – simultaneously a glimpse of both the awesome and horrifying potential of AI.

Artificial Intelligence is not sentient—at least not yet. It may be someday, though – or it may approach something close enough to be dangerous. Ray Kurzweil warned years ago about the technological singularity. The Oxford dictionary defines “the singularity” as, “A hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence and other technologies have become so advanced that humanity undergoes a dramatic and irreversible change.”

To be clear, we aren’t really talking about whether or not Alexa is eavesdropping on your conversations, or whether Siri knows too much about your calendar and location data. There is a massive difference between a voice-enabled digital assistant and an artificial intelligence. These digital assistant platforms are just glorified web search and basic voice interaction tools. The level of “intelligence” is minimal compared to a true machine learning artificial intelligence. Siri and Alexa can’t hold a candle to IBM’s Watson.

Scientists and tech luminaries, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Steve Wozniak have warned that AI could lead to tragic unforeseen consequences. Eminent physicist Stephen Hawking cautioned in 2014 that AI could mean the end of the human race. “It would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

Why is this scary? Think SKYNET from Terminator, or WOPR from War Games. Our entire world is wired and connected. An artificial intelligence will eventually figure that out – and figure out how to collaborate and cooperate with other AI systems. Maybe the AI will determine that mankind is a threat, or that mankind is an inefficient waste of resources – conclusions that seems plausible from a purely logical perspective.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have phenomenal potential to simplify, accelerate, and improve many aspects of our lives. Computers can ingest and process massive quantities of data and extract patterns and useful information at a rate exponentially faster than humans, and that potential is being explored and developed around the world.

I am not saying the sky is falling. I am not saying we need to pull the plug on all machine learning and artificial intelligence and return to a simpler, more Luddite existence. We do need to proceed with caution, though. We need to closely monitor and understand the self-perpetuating evolution of an artificial intelligence, and always maintain some means of disabling it or shutting it down. If the AI is communicating using a language that only the AI knows, we may not even be able to determine why or how it does what it does, and that might not work out well for mankind.