There was an uproar when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton posted an alleged upskirt photo of Miley Cyrus…but will he do hard time for it? According to popeater.com, Perez could be facing 15 years in jail.
At 17, Cyrus is still considered a minor, and the posting of the photo could legally constitute child pornography. Though Hilton pulled the photo down from his server, it was there long enough for many sites to take screengrabs of it.
“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,” Los Angeles-based attorney Jeffrey Douglas told Salon. He went on to call Hilton’s decision to post the photo “suicidal.”
While some are asserting that the photo was doctored to falsely portray Cyrus as not wearing underwear, experts insist it likely won’t matter. Whether she was or wasn’t, the photo that Hilton posted would still fall under child pornography laws.
“That is still a crime and it is punishable just the same,” Douglas told Salon.
Salon asserts that if an attorney is so inclined to go after Hilton, “he 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.”
Perez is in clean up mode now, saying that Miley did indeed have on panties on the day in question. Check out Perez Hilton’s video response: