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Billy Bob's Son Alleged Sex Crime Victim

4/30/2008 12:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Willie ThortonLaw enforcement sources tell TMZ Billy Bob Thornton's son is at the center of a criminal investigation -- the alleged victim of "unlawful sex."

Here's what we know. Willie Thornton, age 14, was dating a 22-year-old woman. Her ex-boyfriend apparently became jealous. Sources say the ex called the LAPD, informing them his former GF was having sex with a minor.

Law enforcement sources tell us there is an "active investigation" into the crime of "unlawful sex" -- translated, an adult having sex with someone under 18. We're told Willie is cooperating with the sex crimes unit. And, we're told, cops have also interviewed Billy Bob.

BTW, the picture was taken four years ago.

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166.

ParisRules    

Wow TMZ you guys are sooooooo unethical! This is completely WRONG for you to be posting photos and identifying minor sex abuse victims. I hope you get raked to the coals over this. For a long time you guys have harassed people and caused so much pain. But this really takes the cake. Harvey Levin your answer of "the story speaks for itself" is a F#$#$@# copout! Where is your so-called reporting going to stop? Do you not understand the damage you have done to this young boys live??????? You people are evil. You have no CONSCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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167.

J.D.    

Shame on tmz for reporting any kind of sex crime before the details themselves have been made public. Will you do anything to get readers, shame,shame,shame!!

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168.

Outraged    

Harvey Levin, do you have some personal problem with the Thornton family or are you just the idiot of the year? Not only are you are evil and immoral, you are one of the most unprofessional editors in history. Can't wait to see your sorry butt fired - you know it's coming. Doesn't matter the kid is a boy - it's just as damaging. Come on, Time Warner, lets see you do the right thing and get rid of all the staff responsible for this story TODAY. It's a sad day in journalism, even including the TMZ "journalists". Disgusting and creepy TMZ staff, was it really worth outing a child sexual abuse victim for this story?

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169.

Heather    

I think it is very irresponsible to put the name and picture of an underage victim (alleged or not) of a sex crime on your site. We are used to you pushing the limits of decency with adults but it really crosses the line to start in on the kids. You've gone too far with this one. Please remove this article from your site, for the sake of this child. Please draw the line somewhere.

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170.

Tony's mom    

TMZ, you are really low and desperate. I can't believe you did that. You put a minor child victim's name and picture out there for everyone. You crossed the line, and I won't be on this website again.

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171.

LISALET    

As I read it the allegation was made by the 22 year olds ex who was jealous because she wasn't interested - no one has proved the event even took place and I hardly think the 22 year old would have confided in her ex or been stupid enough to have been caught in bed with Willie! Problem is kids of the rich and famous are media fodder unless strictly protected by the parents - who knew he was Billy Bob's son until the insider leaked the info?! Next problem is most people would sell info on stars or their kids in a sec because they get so well paid by the media for the info - so stop making it legal for these huge payoffs and fire the person who leaked the info! It sure doesn't pay to be a star these days when the cops, the hospital staff etc who are suppossed to be there to protect your privacy allow themselves to sell these details - the media should immediately report the source of the info received, not print it and pay them off!! We shoud not be so willing to read this private info either - just try to imagine yourself or your family in the same position because it's no longer just stars it happens to and trial by media ruins lives, apologies in tiny print on a back page a year later when no one even remembers what the story was is not good enough!!
If the story is fake, charge the ex , the girl and Billy Bob should sue the ex then and the media and the person who released the info - if it's true charge the girl and jail her it's abnormal to want to have sex with kids and it's illegal, he may be a teenage boy who's thoughts are probably mainly revolving around sex but he's still underage and where the hell is his mother?!

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172.

Maggs    

What kind of parent is Billy Bob? Willie's current girlfriend is 18! This boy is no victim!

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173.

Lyn    

1. Oh Please....he looks liek a kid that should be sitting in front of the Wii
and not amuzing the ladies...He does not look the type...he looks to imature to
appeal to the older ladies...if this is true...that women is so RETARTED.

Posted at 12:03PM on Apr 30th 2008 by Leanne

The Picture was taken four years ago, thats why he looks so young.

2180 days ago
174.

Marty    

[q]To those of you questioning TMZ's integrity for posting this story: I laugh at all of you because I highly doubt that a 14 year old is willingly having sex with his girlfriend is a "victim"[/q].................Are you kidding me? You think it's okay for the media to print this boy's name and picture? What if it were your child? No, I'm sure he didn't "willingly" do anything. He's a victim...and he has rights. One of those rights is that his name and pictre should not be reported. I don't care if law enforcement leaked the damn story. You are a moron.

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175.

And your little dog too...    

What are you doing posting a child's name and picture in relation to a sex crime??? Isn't that ILLEGAL? It is certainly IMMORAL. Fire your editor Harvey. Fire them!

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176.

James Davis    

Getting to bang a 22 yr-old chick is a dream-come-true for most 14 yr-old guys. "Traumatized", my ass.

What's more amusing, is that so many of the duh-mericans gasping in horror are too ignorant to realized how common it was for their own ancestors to be married by age 14. Even their favorite religious leader's own mother was knocked-up by that age.

In your own state of Hawaii, this wouldn't even be illegal. Age-of-consent laws vary from place to place... but do you think that biology is magically different there? Do you think that we suddenly grow everything on the night of our 18th birthday?

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177.

FSM    

I was going to add my voice to those denouncing Harvey Levin as a skank for running this kid's picture and ID. But then it occurred to me: I have never read TMZ and only heard about this "news" because I read about it on another site, which had the good sense not to repeat TMZ's lapse. So sheer prurience compelled me to find out who the kid is. Fellow skank that I am!!!

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178.

Andrew    

I AM OUTRAGED THAT YOU WOULD PLACE A PICTURE OF A VICTIM ON THE INTERNET, LET ALONE A MINOR !!! IT'S JUST UNFATHAMABLE!! i AM OUTRAGED !!! WHAT IF IT WAS ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY?!?!?!? HAVE SOME RESPECT...... FOR SOME THINGS LIKE THIS.

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179.

steve rogers    

What is wrong with you morons! I know you are the "Kings of Sleaze", but printing the name and photo of a minor sex-victim?
That is despicable, this poor kid has been screwed twice now.

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180.

RCinTexas    

Some people wanto to make fun of this but as a victim it is not funny. This boy has no idea how it will affect him, It has been 25 years and it still affects me in ways that no one could imagine.

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