Perez Hilton Could Go Jail For Miley Cyrus No-Panties Pic
Legal expert says Perez could face federal charges...could be career "suicide".
We know: when it comes to celebrity gossip, there have to be limits. Perez Hilton could face super-serious charges for ignoring one of those limits by tweeting a photo of Miley Cyrus climbing out of a car without underwear this week. You won't believe how insane this is.
Earlier this week Perez Hilton reportedly tweeted a photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus climbing out of a vehicle and wearing a dress but no underwear. Perez warned: "If you are easily offended, do NOT click here ... Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!"
But the warning was not enough. The fact that Perez published the photo could bring a super-damper on his career. Perez Hilton has said that he gets over 8 million pageviews in a normal day, and there are many media companies who have sought to buy him out -- but this latest Miley move could very realistically be the end of Perez Hilton's celebrity blogging days.
Our pals at PopEater (via Salon.com) have insight from a legal expert about what kind of consequences Perez Hilton could face for tweeting a crotch-shot of a minor. Says L.A.-based attorney Jeffrey Douglas, a child pornography case specialist: "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." Douglas also called Perez's move "suicidal" to his career.
Salon also reported that Perez Hilton "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."
PopEater has more, including the fact that neither Miley Cyrus nor Perez Hilton has commented on the shot (Perez has taken down his incriminating tweet, but apparently other sites picked up the photo of Miley). Monday a clearly red-faced Perez tweeted a link to a video in which he insisted that he and Miley are "cool" and that he just likes to "lovingly taunt" her..
Interesting side note: at press time, 78 percent of PopEater voters said they never read Perez, and 75 percent said they thought jail time would be appropriate for Perez Hilton's alleged crime.
Flip through our Miley Cyrus slideshow -- no commando photos here! -- then we have more shock for the ages: are Betty White sex photos really about to go on sale?
UPDATE: Perez Hilton has responded to the controversy. Check out his video below.