Perez Hilton to Face Child Porn Charges?

Perez Hilton - he of Carrie Prejean bashing fame - may be staring in the face of child porn charges in the near future.  You may recall that Hilton served as judge in the 2009 Miss USA competition, and asked Prejean her view of same-sex marriage. When Prejean offered an honest answer voicing her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, Hilton expressed his displeasure by taking to the internet and bashing Prejean as a ‘dumb b****'. 

Seems Perez has graduated from name-calling tantrums, and an accomplished career as a verminous outer of gay celebrities, and turned his attention to a developing career in child porn.

Ben Shapiro over at Big Hollywood reports:

"He (Hilton) linked via his Twitter account to a picture of rising Madonna wannabe Miley Cyrus climbing out of a car in a short skirt and no underwear.  In the picture, which has been removed, Cyrus' genitals are allegedly clearly visible."

Of course, now that the heat is on, Perez has taken to back-pedaling, claiming the photo was a fake.  In a statement on his blog, Hilton said, ""Do you think I'm stupid enough to post a photo of Miley if she's not wearing any underwear down there?"

That's what we in the business call a rhetorical question. 

Britney Spears' up skirt photos think he's crossed the line.

Hilton has made a career out of vulgar displays of stupidity, including well, Salon explains it a little better.

The ‘fake' claim comes only after Hilton had already commented on the controversy, in which he clearly offers no apology.    According to Entertainment Weekly, Hilton stated:

"I think now it's okay for Miley to be a little sexier.  Because she's almost 18, you know, so it's okay for Miley to show her boobs and expand, uh, her horizons."

After developing the ‘fake photo' defense, Hilton said, "Sure I like to be controversial, but I don't want to go to jail."

Problem being, he might still be in some hot water even if the image was Photoshopped.  In an interview with Salon, criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Douglas explains:

"Under the law, that is still a crime and it is punishable just the same," says Douglas.  "For instance, if you were to take the face of an 8-year-old and put that picture on the nude body of even an identifiable, fully developed adult porn star, it is child-porn punishable identical to if you took a photo of the actual child."

Douglas continues:

"We're not talking about a misdemeanor," he said.  "You don't have to know what the definition of the law is; all you have to do is knowingly distribute the photograph."  He added that it was "suicidal for him to do this".

Of course the real question is, if Prejean is a ‘dumb bitch' for what she did, what does knowingly distributing a nude photo of an underage girl make you?

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