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Exclusive: Underage Stars Party Illegally at Clubs

2/21/2006 5:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jesse McCartney is a teen idol -- a hot young singer. The 18-year-old is learning the perks of Hollywood -- that you can illegally enter a nightclub and drink, no questions asked.Underage drinking
This photo of McCartney was taken last Saturday night at Mood, one of the hottest clubs in Hollywood. Under California law, no one under 21 is permitted to enter the club, much less drink inside. But the Corona in Jesse's firm grip tells a very different story.

TMZ has video of other underage stars entering and leaving Mood -- 19-year-old Mary-Kate Olsen, 19-year-old Lindsay Lohan, 20-year-old Frankie Muniz, and the list goes on, though we don't know what they did when they were inside. How do they get away with it?

A Hollywood nightclub promoter, who asked to remain anonymous, was blunt: "Authorities know that there are underage celebrities inside drinking and if they don't care, why should we?" He added the obvious: "Celebrities help to make our clubs more exclusive."

California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is charged with enforcing the State's underage drinking laws. TMZ has obtained every citation the ABC issued in the City of Los Angeles for 2005 -- 207 in total. Mood was never cited. Indeed, TMZ's record search revealed that Mood has never been cited since opening its doors. The ABC seems far more interested in busting mom and pop liquor stores, often using underage decoys in sting operations.

TMZ contacted John Carr, Public Relations Director for the ABC, and informed him of our investigation into Mood and serveral other Hollywood clubs. Carr said: "The ABC will not tolerate underage drinking... We will hold business owners accountable if they are serving minors regardless if those minors are celebrities." Carr told TMZ that the ABC is now conducting an investigation.

TMZ contacted David Judaken, who owns Mood. Judaken said: "We are dilligent about ID'ing people," adding, "people come with fake ID's." We informed Judaken, we have video of Lindsay Lohan and others being escorted in without showing ID. Judaken's response: "Certain celebrities ultimately enter lots of clubs who are not entitled to enter." Judaken also offered this: "A lot of them (underage celebs) I thought were emancipated."

TMZ contacted Jesse McCartney's reps, who had no comment.

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16.

Jon    

Every western country in the world except the U.S. and Canada has an age limit of 18 for drinking alcohol. Chill out people!

2856 days ago
17.

kendra    

dumbass

2944 days ago
18.

stanley    

Anyone who is on the side of the MINORS drinking underage on this gossip site is A) a minor themselves B) Stupid or C)All of the above. LISTEN UP KIDDOS, I AM A 34YR OLD WHO DAMN NEAR KILLED SOMEONE AFTER DRINKING 3 DRINKS! DON'T FOOL YOURSELVES THINKING THESE "CELEBS" HAVE A LIMO OUTSIDE, THEY GET INTO THEIR CARS AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF 19 THINKING THEY ARE INVINSIBLE. TRUST ME WHEN YOU ARE MY AGE , YOU WILL THINK DIFFERENTLY.

2853 days ago
19.

Jen    

I can't believe these clubs haven't been shut down. How is it that in Boston a club caught serving minors is closed but in Hollywood they still are allowed to serve minors on a daily basis.
Arnold take control of your state start enforcing the laws.
You may save a young actors life.

2852 days ago
20.

Murphy M.    

Glenda K. Use Spell check you moron !!!

2851 days ago
21.

Amanda    

Well it happens, ordinary people get into clubs and drink underage all the time, requires some skill but it works, celebs just have a bigger pull. Get over it.

2844 days ago
22.

duh...totally !    

what's even more pathetic than these KIDS getting in and drinking....are the "of age" groupies who try and hang out with them....

example ...18 yr old immature freak Aaron Carter dating or getting engaged to a 24 yr old Playboy chick...of course that lasted 2 minutes....

or any of the LB KIDS trying to hang on to their 10 minutes of fame....................

2843 days ago
23.

Ithinknot    

It is BS but it's always gone on. Wasn't Drew Barrymore 10 or 11 when she started going to nightclubs? And then we wonder why they become druggies and alcoholics when they grow up. No one will do anything unless people speak up and make the clubs take responsibility for letting in underage kids. What, you make a movie, sing a song and all of a sudden you can do ANYTHING you want? What kind of insane society are we living in? Why do people let these kind of thing go on? What about the low, if any, morals of "start"? They marry everyone the make a movie with even if they have to divorce someone to do it. They have kids with everyone they know and sleep with their best friends husband/boyfriend and have their child too. This is what our kids see as a better way to live. No rules, no consequences, and LOTS of money.

2840 days ago
24.

Ithinknot    

It is a big dea, you're obviously young. It's illegal. They also have all kinds of drugs in clubs. Anyway, it's not just drinking and drugs it's everything. They should not be allowed to break the rules just because they have money. You or I would be arrested if we supplied booze and/or drugs to underage kids.

2840 days ago
25.

Catriona    

The drinking age should be 18 like it is in Australia.

2833 days ago
26.

melissa    

ITS JUST A BEER okay thats what you start out on beer then pot then meth then your life is not your own anymore your a addict now then its called ITS JUST A F****up life you have now.... celebs are mixing drugs then ITS JUST a funeral now JUST A thought

2826 days ago
27.

melissa    

ITS JUST A BEER..... yeah first its a beer then pot then meth then pill popping then your a addict...... ITS JUST CALLED A F***** UP LIFE just a thought

2826 days ago
28.

God    

This is what happens when you thing you are better than God. As we all come to the website to read up on all of the celebs, athletes and famous alike... we look at the worst scum of human existence. Take your Nicole, Paris, Brittany, Lyndsey... add the Carters, this guy Jessee... and a room full of other losers with cash.

Now, imagine you sitting in a club with a Corona...or being pulled over for driving down the interstate on the wrong side of the road... C'mon people... Life is about being educated, enriched with what the world has to offer... not weed, not cocaine, not sippin gin and juice.... Go hiking, on vacation to a white sand beach, mountain bike riding... see what the world has away from your neighborhood......

You promote these losers..... I would like to see them as the door greeter at Walmart... I would like to see all of them picking gum off the cart wheels.... Give them a reason to go drink a 40oz. Beer.... Give them a reason to smoke up a blunt. Hollywood is the Devil's Playground.

2825 days ago
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my opinion    

If they aren't 21 let them stay home and send a housekeeper/butler out to stock up their in house bar and therefore......They Stay In House. These underage, under weight, under talented morons can stay home, get drunk and fall into their own bed and not drive on California's highways. For some reason they can afford a driver but think that nobody can drive like they do. Maybe it is because they have only had a driver's license under 4 years. My motto is " When Stoned Stay Home!"

2825 days ago
30.

JP    

OMG honestly... all of the conservative freaks need to calm down. I fled to canada because of this bullshit. You're telling me that you can send me to a war over to the middle east NOT BY CHOICE, and not let me drink ? it's pathetic. When I was underage I went out, it's only fair. I'm not a child or in love with jesse mccartney. It's just common sense, so all of you stop preaching and get a life honestly...go to church or something.. haha

ohh i have so much more to say but i think i got my message across.

2759 days ago
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