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Matthew Underwood

The Cops ILLEGALLY

Raided My House ... for Pot

4/28/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Matthew Underwood claims cops had NO RIGHT to bust into his house guns drawn -- and believes local officials are simply trying to scare him out of town before he can open a hookah shop.

TMZ spoke with the 22-year-old ex-Nickelodeon star who tells us he was wrongly arrested for pot possession and contributing to the delinquency to a minor Friday morning ... after the cops stormed his home and uncovered weed and a 17-year-old girl in his bedroom.

"The underage girl has been my girlfriend for the past year" Underwood says ... "I get that she's not exactly 18."

Underwood tells us ... local officials in Port St. Lucie, FL have been on his ass for months ... ever since he got a permit to open a hookah lounge in town.

"I jumped through hoops to get my permit ... they are still bothering me."

Underwood says cops told him they suspected he was selling drugs out of his home ... accusations Matthew adamantly denies. Matthew does admit to smoking pot ... and says he did have a TINY amount of weed in his home at the time of the raid.

Still, Matthew says ..."They took all my hookahs .... and now we have to push our opening back."

"I'm going to be filing a lawsuit against the town ... my lawyer is already aware."

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16.

Seymour Bluffs    


What is the 2012 Age of Consent in Florida?
The Florida legal Age of Consent for sexual contact is 18 years old. eleven states have set their age of consent at 18 years old, the highest legal age of consent in any state.

Close in age exemptions to the Florida age of consent permit a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17. A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree.

907 days ago
17.

Eric     

You're allowed to have an underage girlfriend if the girls parents allow it. I've known a couple of girls that have dated guys a few years older and were considered underage. Come on at 17 the girl knows what she's doing. It's not like the guy's 40 years old he's in his early 20's.

907 days ago
18.

beef    

why is a 22 year old dating a 17 year old?? Thats like a junior in highschool dating a senior in college... kinda weird!!!!

907 days ago
19.

Kamp    

they've been dating for the past year? so that would mean they started when she was 16 and he was 21? why would he even admit to this? why would he thinks he's in the right?

907 days ago
20.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

First sign this whitey is a closet pedophile... I get she's not exactly 18.

907 days ago
21.

Marco Polo    

Two questions. Who is this dude? Any why should I care if he smoked pot? ooooo...he smoked pot...call the police..call TMZ...oh wait. Too late. :)

907 days ago
22.

jw    

The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.

906 days ago
23.

oldman    

The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.

906 days ago
24.

cuntviking666    

you guys are fcking idiots. woahhhhh big deal a five fcking year difference. grow the **** up. a 23 year old slut can marry some 80 year old for his money and thats okay? get a life. the cops in this **** hole of a town are ridiculous. he was smoking weed in his house just like im sure all of you do. yea it is illegal but remember prohibition? it still doesnt work.

906 days ago
25.

Erika     

WOW!! what a loose he is! he is a jerk! he is going to the next Mel Gibson! **** u Matthew Underwood

906 days ago
26.

erin    

"The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17."

First, he is not breaking the law by having a 17 year old girlfriend.

Second, he is pretty stupid for havinh even a tiny bit of pot since he knew the cops were watching him, and since he's opening up a shop. If you're going to be the owner of a shop, kiss your pot smoking days goodbye.

Third, for all of you who are making judgments without educating yourself on the state laws - you're only proving how much of an idiot you are. If he's not breaking the law and he's been with the chick for year, maybe they're a cute, young couple in love. Again, who are you to judge?

906 days ago
27.

andrew    

This is garbage and i'm sick of seeing it over and over. Everything about it. It's not a problem if a f**king 22 year old kid is with a 17 year old kid. It's consensual. Forget the rules, think logically and reasonably about it. And weed -- even dumber that he's in trouble because of that. It's a fu**ing plant that would cause way less harm/trouble if everyone minded their own business about it and there weren't any stupid rules regarding it ... this country has gone to sh** in some respects.

906 days ago
28.

cuntviking666    

i live 5 minutes away form them and am friends with his 'assistant' that lives with him. they didnt get past booking. no charges. nothing. so anyone who is anti-weed can suck a c0ck.

906 days ago
29.

Tesla_Consulting    

Dude, I was trying to read the story but I can't figure out if you have a backpack on??? _

906 days ago
30.

Mooternoost    

The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.

So you may not like it but he is legal on this point. So point to something else.

906 days ago
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