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Students discover their teacher used to be a gay porn star

Ruggero Freddi used to perform under the name Carlo Masi – but then got a degree in mathematics and entered academia

Students discover their teacher used to be a gay porn star
Ruggero Freddi | Facebook
Ruggero Freddi... brains and brawn!

Bemused Italian students discovered this week their new math lecturer has had an interesting career path.

He used to be one of the gay porn stars affiliated with the famed Colt Studios in California.

Dr Ruggero FreddiRuggero Freddi | Facebook

Dr Ruggero Freddi

It’s clear Ruggero Freddi loves the gym. You only have to look at the guy to realize body building is one of his passions.

Freddi himself confirmed this last weekend. He posted a video to Facebook of himself proudly flexing topless.

In the accompanying caption he light-heartedly says: ‘On Monday I start my series of lectures of Analysis 1 at clinical engineering. More or less I look ready.’

The video quickly went viral among his students at La Sapienza University of Rome and has now had almost 100,000 views.

It was reposted on other sites. That is when someone recognized him from some decidedly more hardcore videos. He used to perform under the name Carlo Masi.

Unsurprisingly, the news spread like wildfire among the student population, leading to a story Thursday on Republica – one of Italy’s biggest news organizations.

Carlo Masi

They caught up with Freddi on video to ask him about his former work in the adult entertainment world.

He told them: ‘Some students reposted the photo in a few sites and from there my former life as a porn actor emerged. To be honest, it wasn’t exactly a secret.’

He said he’d originally wanted to a career in engineering in Italy but was demoralized by the low wages and lack of opportunity in his home country.

‘Then I was offered to do a film in the USA. I thought, “Why not?” A job that helps me earn more and is a more entertaining career.’

Colt used an old photo of Carlo Masi on its 2017 'Uncut' calendar

Colt used an old photo of Carlo Masi on its 2017 ‘Uncut’ calendar

Freddi, 41, appeared unfazed at being door-stepped by the Republica journalist. He quit porn in 2013 and returned to Italy to study for a Masters degress in Math. This is in addition to the Masters degree he already has in Computer Engineering. He is now undertaking his PhD while teaching.

He has been with his partner, Gustavo Alejandro Leguizamon, for the past 11 years. They are engaged to marry.

He told Loverboy magazine in 2013 about his plans to get a PhD, ‘but I am almost 40 so it is not going to be easy, but I have a very good resumè. Let’s see what happens. My dream right now is to become a Math Professor, but it is not going to be easy. The competition is very high.’

Clearly, Freddi made the grade.

‘It’s been crazy’

In a Skype call with GSN, Freddi said he was ‘amused’ to be approached by Republica. He said he knew that his past would emerge at some stage.

‘I knew sooner or later something was going to happen, but I didn’t expect something so big to happen. I thought someone would publish something and my students would talk about it for a while, but I wasn’t expecting the entire country to actually speak about it.’

He says his telephone has not stopped ringing.

‘It’s been crazy.’

So far, he says he has not had any difficult conversations with his university – although he has not been back since the story broke on Thursday. The only message he has had has been from his tutor, asking him about how his classes were going.

‘The only email I received was from my tutor and she asked me how the week as a teacher had been and if I needed anything, and if we can meet to talk about my future teaching and job – so nothing weird or bizarre.’

He now just wished to get on with his studies and teaching. He expects some students to make a joke about his past, but is not expecting it to be a serious distraction.

‘I don’t think any of them will come to me to ask about my past. The worst that I can expect is one of them to say, “I’ve seen you on TV – congratulations”.’

He told GSN he is enjoying his studies and teaching. His porn career is definitely over, but he is not embarrassed by his past.

‘I’m happy and proud of both my careers. They both reflect part of my personality. I was happy I was a good looking guy and the world recognized this. I am very happy the world recognizes I’m a smart guy.’


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