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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.

57 COMMENTS

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46.

Tropi    

Lizzie's right!!!

He's not a baby... and it realy isn't a big deal...

He's still THE BEST!!!

2285 days ago
47.

girly    

If he wants to drink he can it's his life.

2539 days ago
48.

kristina    

i think jesse was wrong but also the paparazzi you guys are messed up snooping into every celebrity's life making them miserable how mean!!but drinking was wrong too. so no one's right

2538 days ago
49.

valweezy    

i bet he got soooo hard when he saw this headline

2210 days ago
50.

Why?    

Who cares! I don't know why the law in the states is 21! That's just going to make teens want to drink even more. Other places in the world it's 18 and we don't have nearly as much DUI's and alcohol related accidents! You can go to war and blow off your legs but can't have a corona every now and then?!

2210 days ago
51.

marin    

What a role model for the Disney Channel. They should be SO proud!

2210 days ago
52.

Xavier    

He's old enough to join the army, or get drafted if it comes to that.

2517 days ago
53.

tomdjr    

ok frist jesse mccartney just truned 20 and th has to be 21 to drink o what a year big woop girl he is no longer in dream street any more he can drink i am not saying it is good for hi to drink but if he wan to go that way then fine and 2nd i bet he regets oing that but hay he ha more problems in life being celb the you think cut him some slake

2511 days ago
54.

Kazr0    

So what? I'm 15 and I drink too, sometimes, and I'm 16, it isn't that big deal. (and a guy)And he DID get in jail, often. whatever, who cares, his music is great keep rockin' on dude

1535 days ago
55.

bella    

i agree with grly that if he wants to drink that it's his life if he want's to drink it's his life he can do what he want's.

1379 days ago
56.

bella    

i dident know you where old enofe to drink beer.

1379 days ago
57.

mistie     

wow thats sad a great singer like him would do that

868 days ago
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