Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith faced some unwanted attention recently when they were criticized for letting their 13-year-old daughter, Willow Smith, appear in a photograph lying in a bed with a shirtless 20-year-old man. Now, the famous couple are being investigated by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services over the incident.
“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department,” an insider told RadarOnline.com. “Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand.”
The source revealed, “Social workers will also be talking separately with Willow, and they also want to talk to the young man in the picture with her as well. This won’t just be one or two visits with the family, and it will likely be an open investigation for at least a month, out of an abundance of caution.”
Controversy erupted after a photo of Willow in bed with 20-year-old actor Moises Arias, a good friend of Willow's brother, Jaden Smith, was posted on social media. While the picture didn't depict any overtly sexual acts, many were up in arms at the sight of the underage singer in proximity of a shirtless adult male.
Arias, best known for co-starring on Hannah Montana, later deleted the shot from his Instagram account.
Jada Pinkett Smith later lashed out at photographers at LAX when asked about the provocative picture. “Here’s the deal,” Jada said. “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it. You’re acting like covert pedophiles and that’s not cool.”
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