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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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61.

audrey    

congrats on a new low! naming not only the possible victim of a sex crime, but one who is a minor as well. is this even legal to do?

2332 days ago
62.

GnomeQueen    

Why am I not suprised. She's probably hideous and can't get a man her own age. Famewhore!!!!!

2332 days ago
63.

Laura    

Re:
"Laurita publishing the name and picture of minor involved in a sex crime is NOT edgy, it's immoral and criminal! You seriously need to talk to a professional, and I hope to God you have no children!

Posted at 2:23PM"

Besides me having prior knowledge that he's a minor, which brings up such ethics, I also read such exclaimations in the reader comments here today. Your enlightment was wasted. You missed my point. But since God & children are so heavily weighed in your message, I can't imagine you can expand on a different point of view.
And someone else made a comment about TMZ becoming a "trash site". Um yeah, I hope so...if it wasn't a "trash site" I would have tuned out a long time ago.

2332 days ago
64.

Ginny    

Okay, so normally I don't mind the depths to which you guys will sink...but posting this MINOR's pic is unbelievably skanktastic...even for you guys...

2332 days ago
65.

Devon    

And you released his name. Now we are certain to what level of standards and practices you hold your publication to.

2332 days ago
66.

Bob Lawblaw    

You people went too far this time. Would you have printed the identity if the victim has been a girl? I hope you are prosecuted under California statute.

2332 days ago
67.

anon    

Just wow at the double standards from women here.

If it was the other way round you would be calling for more than jail but because its a boy its ok.

How do you know when it happens to an underage girl she doesn't enjoy it?
How do you know he wont be traumatised by it?

I just loved the comments about men being immature. Pot and kettle springs to mind.
Talking about maturity if women are so much more mature than men then should it be worse when this happens to a boy than a girl?
How is he able to make a rational judgement based on womens ignorant judgements on men (given that your women you obviously know more about men then men do)

In fact given some of the comments here about adult men here it would lead me to believe these underage girls are the ones are the ones at fault. Hey there are so much more mature than guys right.

Get over yourselves. This constant need to show how how smarter and independant and mature you are is a sign your not.

Imagine this was a story about a 22yo man and a 14yo girl then post your reaction here and thats what your supposed to be saying.

And the whole argument about not she couldn't have sex with a flaccid penis.
Wow once again showing your superior knowledge on men, and boys of that age as well.
It's supposed to get erect in situations like that whether hes wants it to or not. Just because you can't get your motor running down there when you want it to doesn't mean you can't comprehend that.

2332 days ago
68.

anon    

And let me ask you this


What if it was your 14yo son?

2332 days ago
69.

!!    

# 59 - Swaddle ... why would you be PISSED if it were your 14 yr old daughter, doing the Hokey-Pokey with a 22 yr old guy?

2332 days ago
70.

just not right    

It is really irresponsible of TMZ to identify by name and face children who are potential victims of a hate crime. It's a shame that no one in your organization would have enough common sense to know you are doing something wrong for the sake of publicity. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

2332 days ago
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mary    

If a 22 year old is having sex with a 14 year old that 14 year old IS a victim.Regardless of whether the ex boyfriend of the 22 year old was jealous or not he ABSOLUTELY did the RIGHT thing by contacting the authorities. TMZ should not have exposed the boy's face and last but not least where was Billy Bob's brain with all of this?

2332 days ago
72.

Lori    

I hope criminal charges are filed against this site for violating the rights of a minor child. SHAME on you TMZ!!!!!!!!!!

2332 days ago
73.

Lillianne    

It all started when they named him Willie . . . .

2332 days ago
74.

mary    

TMZ you need to either black out the boy's face or take him completely off your site.

2332 days ago
75.

!!    

# 74 - Chachiness ... A 14 yr old girl could totally rock a 22 yr old man, should that be chalked up to, young fun too?

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