Perez Hilton may be in hot water over a photo he posted of Miley Cyrus yesterday. The TwitPic is an uncensored upskirt picture of Miley, which Perez shared with his millions of followers, and later removed.
Now Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr., faces serious legal trouble and possible jail time for his careless post. Hollyscoop spoke with a Los Angeles-based attorney who told us the severity of the situation.
We asked if Lavandeira could be looking at jail time, and our source told us, “Sure he can. He potentially violated federal law 18 USC 2256 by knowingly disseminating a graphic photo of an underage girl. He can't even claim to be reporting it as "news" since intent for distribution is not a factor, as long as he knew she was underage (which he did).
Nor can he try and say it's ok if it was Photoshopped—the code covers "computer-generated images" as still being child porn.
Also it's a crime against the state, so even if Miley doesn't care, the
state can still come after him. Whether they will is a different matter.”
Wow. Serious stuff. Lavandiera has since responded to the controversy by posting a video on his infamous blog that paints celebrities in a bad light on a regular basis.
Perez, wearing a faux fur coat, says, “I’m wearing fake fur to address a fake controversy that the media is really talking about in the last 24 hours. Controversy about a girl I love, Miley Cyrus.
Seems like the whole world is thinking I posted a photo of Miley’s vagina without underwear on. Do you think Miley is that stupid to be out in public without panties?
Sure I named her ‘Slutty Cyrus’, but she’s not a moron. Do you think I’m stupid enough to post a photo of Miley if she’s not wearing underwear down there? No. Sure I love being controversial, but I don’t wanna go to jail.
Miley was clearly wearing underwear, clearly. The reason I linked to that photo is because I thought she was exiting the car in a un-lady like fashion. And I like to encourage Miley to be ladylike.”
The whole video seems like he’s treating it like a joke. We don’t find it funny, and we highly doubt the authorities will either.