Jun 15, 2010

Underage Underwear

Being a celebrity blogger isn't all fun and games, and unfortunately Perez Hilton is learning this the hard way. While uncovering new Hollywood scandals is a blogger's dream, Perez took it a bit too far with a recent post about 17-year-old pop princess Miley Cyrus.

The Disney star was recently spotted exiting a car in a very unlady-like fashion, which Perez was quick to point out on Twitter. "If you are easily offended, do NOT click here http://i46.tinypic.com/2zre4pv.jpg Oh Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended." The picture has since been removed, but the backlash has only just begun.

Aside from the widespread outrage, Perez may also be facing legal trouble. The picture of underage Miley may be considered child pornography. Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Douglas told Salon.com that it was "suicidal" for Perez to post the image. "We're not talking about a misdemeanor," Douglas said. "You don't have to know what the definition of the law is; all you have to do is knowingly distribute the photograph."

Perez has since gone on the defensive, video-blogging "Miley Cyrus was clearly wearing underwear." He says the controversy is "fake" because Miley was actually wearing briefs when she flashed the waiting paparazzi. Douglas suggests that even if this was the case, it may not let Perez off the hook. "That is still a crime, and it is still punishable just the same," said Douglas, adding that even manipulated images are punishable under the law.

While Perez claims he's not stupid enough to post a photo of Miley without underwear, the truth remains unknown. Arguably the world's most famous celebrity gossip blogger, Perez is known for stirring up controversy. I'm sure he'll continue repenting his sins on his blog and on major news outlets, but for now, Perez should make sure he has a good lawyer on staff.

(Photo Credit: HoneyMag.com)

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