Miley Cyrus Photo Scandal Isnt What It Seems
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is in hot water Tuesday (June 15) after posting a photo of Miley Cyrus to his Twitter feed. In the picture, which Hilton warned readers not to view if they were easily offended, Cyrus is shown exiting a car, seemingly sans underwear.
'If you are easily offended, do NOT click here,' he tweeted. 'Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!'
The public reaction to Hilton posting the photo — which he later removed — was fierce and quick. Hilton defended himself via a video he posted on his website , claiming the photo didn't show what everyone thought it did.
'Miley was clearly wearing underwear,' Hilton says in the video. 'Do you think Miley is that stupid to be out in public without panties?' Hilton claimed he only posted the photo to make light of the fact that the teen pop queen was getting out of the car in 'a very un-ladylike fashion.'
'Sure, I like to be controversial,' he said. 'But I don't want to go to jail.'
Salon.com consulted L.A.-based criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Douglas, who specializes in child-pornography cases. Douglas deemed Hilton's liability 'extraordinary and intense,' calling his decision to publish the photo 'suicidal.' 'We're not talking about a misdemeanor,' Douglas told the site. 'You don't have to know what the definition of the law is; all you have to do is knowingly distribute the photograph.'
The Disney star herself seemed to be handling the controversy when she called into Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show Tuesday morning. Cyrus pointed out that the incident is oddly timed with the release of her upcoming album, Can't Be Tamed.
'Isn't it funny that things like that, that are so negative, have to come out right before my record?' she told Seacrest. 'It's like no one can let positive things happen. All I do is focus on the positive, and I hope this record does well.'
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