Wednesday 16 June 2010, 11:40 | By

Perez accused of child porn for posting revealing Cyrus pap shot

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There was chatter yesterday that Perez Hilton might face child porn charges for posting online a paparazzi picture of seventeen year old Miley Cyrus getting out of a car and seemingly “doing a Britney” – ie having no underwear on and showing the camera more than it deserved. Such a photo would be deemed especially inappropriate given Cyrus is not yet eighteen, and for the same reason might even constitute child pornography.

Hilton quickly took the photo down as outrage began to grow online, though later posted a video on his website denying Cyrus was sans-underwear in the shot. In the vid he rambled: “Do you think I’m stupid enough to post a photo of Miley if she’s not wearing any underwear down there? Sure I like to be controversial, but I don’t want to go to jail”. He said he posted the photo not because it showed the teen star’s vagina, but because it showed the popster getting out of her transport in an “unladylike way”.

Either way, even if the photo did show everything, while it would be inappropriate to publish it given Cyrus’ age, it is very unlikely doing so would result in a child porn charges for the tedious gossip monkey.

As US criminal lawyer Christopher Leibig told E!: “This one image of a seventeen year old, even if it were technically child porn, is not a very big child porn case. Usually child pornography cases involve multiple images, including children being photographed in a private setting and performing sexual acts by perpetrators for profit. [This photo simply] doesn’t reach the [sort of] evil that these laws were intended to prohibit”.

Of course, the Perez-posted photo follows much comment regarding Cyrus’ new more raunchy look and dance routines that have accompanied her new album ‘Can’t Be Tamed’. Cyrus has been commenting on all the chatter that has gone on about her new look, and insists her new clothing choices are not part of a deliberate attempt to look “slutty”.

Cyrus told the Associated Press: “I’m not trying to be ‘slutty’. I’m not trying to be like, go to the club and get a bunch of guys. I’m really comfortable with my body, I work really hard to be fit and to know that I can wear whatever makes me most comfortable. I feel more comfortable dressing with a little less, which is just how I’ve always been. Now I’m able to do that a little more freely and, also, I’ve just grown up to be this way too. It’s not like this was me five years ago. It’s me now, presently”.

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