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Perez Hilton Under Fire For Tweeting Upskirt Photo Of Underage Miley Cyrus

Gossip queen Perez Hilton could face child pornography charges after posting an upskirt photo to Twitter that he claimed was 17 year-old pop star Miley Cyrus without underwear. Via Salon:
On Sunday, Hilton's Twitter account sent out the following message: "If you are easily offended, do NOT click here. 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 (according to, this is a censored version of the image in question). 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.
Beyond creepy.

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