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Old 06-16-2010, 10:03 AM   #1
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Perez Hilton Could Face Child Porn Charges For Miley Cyrus Photo

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Perez Hilton has built a thriving career out of offensive behavior: He's called countless female celebrities bitches, hos, whores and sluts, and covered their faces in jizz using Microsoft Paint. But these things merely violate good taste -- not federal child porn law that carries a mandatory sentence of 15 years. The same cannot be said for his latest shocker: tweeting a link to an alleged upskirt photo of a pantyless 17-year-old Miley Cyrus.

The facts as we know them: On Sunday, Hilton's Twitter account sent out the following message: "If you are easily offended, do NOT click Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!" The photo in question has since been yanked down, but the image is allegedly of Cyrus climbing out of a car wearing a dress and no underwear.

Now, Hilton has posted upskirt shots before of Britney Spears -- but Cyrus is roughly five months short of her 18th birthday. She's still a minor and it's legally considered child pornography.

Jeffrey Douglas, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who specializes in child pornography cases, told Salon that Hilton's liability is "extraordinary and intense" and that it was "suicidal for him to do this." He added: "We're not talking about a misdemeanor. You don't have to know what the definition of the law is; all you have to do is knowingly distribute the photograph" -- which Hilton, or someone with access to his Twitter account, most certainly did. It doesn't matter much whether Hilton took the photo, owns the photo or published the photo -- as long as he knowingly distributed the link.

Some are speculating that the image was Photoshopped -- so, what then? "Under the law, that is still a crime and it is punishable just the same," says Douglas. "For instance, if you were to take the face of an 8-year-old and put that picture on the nude body of even an identifiable, fully developed adult porn star, it is child-porn punishable identical to if you took a photo of the actual child." What's more, depending on how the image is presented, there is the potential for the shot to be considered child porn even if Cyrus is actually wearing form-fitting underwear; in fact, Douglas says there has been debate in the past over similar images Hilton has published of Cyrus. All it will take is an enterprising attorney interested in making an example out of him; he could be prosecuted on the state or federal level -- or both -- with a conviction potentially resulting in a 15-year sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Douglas says that "if he's not prosecuted, there is one reason why: his name is Perez Hilton."

As is often the case when you delve into the realm of child porn law, it's rather shocking what you can find -- from sexting teens charged as sex offenders to parents arrested for taking photos of their kids naked in the bathtub. If a 15-year sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender seems a disproportionate response to what Hilton did, remember that scores of Americans face similarly disproportionate charges but don't have a recognizable, headline-making moniker.
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Karma's a bitch, ho, whore and slut.

Quite possible that he has staff who post on his Twitter account. You can bet high profile people who allow others (publicists, assistants etc) access to their public online accounts will be consulting with their lawyers.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:48 AM   #3
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In a video riposte, Hilton said the controversy was as fake as the photo because Cyrus was "clearly wearing underwear."

"Do you think Miley is that stupid to be out in public without panties?" he said. "Do you think I am stupid enough to post a photo of Miley if she is not wearing any underwear down there?"

Hilton said he had posted the photo to highlight the "very unladylike fashion" in which Cyrus was getting out of the car.
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I hope he and TMZ folks get their due someday. Trash, all of em.
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"Do you think Miley is that stupid to be out in public without panties?" he said. "Do you think I am stupid enough to post a photo of Miley if she is not wearing any underwear down there?"
there have been, as said so many shots like this........and surrounding such photos is 'cellulite' to 'going combat'

in general ANY photos of 'upskirt shots' should be fuking ripped down! not just cause she or any girl is a minor.

but ya know what, in general Perez is a d.......................kh..........................d
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oh fuk! at me.
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It's ok. You always make me smile and laugh
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Read this in another article

Last fall, Demi Moore accused him of being a pedophile after he posted photos of her 15-year-old daughter Tallulah.

“Let me ask all of you, what is it called when someone is telling people to look and focus on a child’s ‘boobs & ass’ while providing photos? It’s called child pornography” Moore tweeted.

He also posted nude photos of “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens on his Web site perezhilton.com, shots her lawyers contend were taken when she was underage.

Did Perez care?

He begrudgingly removed the Hudgens pics and said Moore was delusional.
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If a 15-year sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender seems a disproportionate response to what Hilton did, remember that scores of Americans face similarly disproportionate charges but don't have a recognizable, headline-making moniker.
And if any charges do come from this, it's his 'recognizable, headline-making moniker" that will likely keep him from facing the same fate that Joe Schmoe from Anywhere Else, USA would have faced.



(Although I really, really, really hope he gets burned on this. He's such a vile, bitter, pathetic human being. )
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I think I am one of the very few people that thinks the way he pokes fun at celebrities is funny

Of course, if this story about Miley is true then that is definitely crossing the line.
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Full disclosure: I do enjoy mindless celebrity gossip and have been known to laugh at some of the more "mean" gossip.

BUT.

Perez Hilton is the worst of the worst. He's a misogynistic and homophobic brat.

That being said, I'd love to see paparazzi who take those horrible "upskirt" photographs prosecuted as well.
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Full disclosure: I do enjoy mindless celebrity gossip and have been known to laugh at some of the more "mean" gossip.

BUT.

Perez Hilton is the worst of the worst. He's a misogynistic and homophobic brat.

That being said, I'd love to see paparazzi who take those horrible "upskirt" photographs prosecuted as well.
Isn't he gay?
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Yes.

He's still done at least one public homophobic thing (trying to provoke will.i.am by calling him "faggot" during a confrontation outside some club last year; Perez ended up getting punched), so I have no problem calling him a homophobic asshole.
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Yeah I was just going to say, so how can he be homophobic?
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