The Willow Smith bed photo that made headlines earlier this month has now sparked an investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services.
The agency is probing the girl's parents, celebrity power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, after a photo of the 13-year-old sitting on a bed with a 20-year-old actor surfaced on social media, according to Us Weekly
The controversial black-and-white photo first appeared on actor Moises Arias' Tumblr page. In the image, Arias is sitting shirtless while Willow Smith lies down in front of him.
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"While Smith wears jeans and a top and stares off into the distance, Arias is shirtless and sits up," Us Weekly wrote of the picture. "Although the pals don't appear to be touching in the photo, it nevertheless raised more than a few eyebrows via social media. Although the image still appears on his Tumblr page, it was deleted from his Instagram account."
A source in the CFS office told RadarOnline.com that the Smiths
have been "extremely cooperative" with officials and the investigation is being "taken very seriously" by department officials.
"Of course, they aren't happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand," the source said to RadarOnline.com. "Social workers will also be talking separately with Willow, and they also want to talk to the young man in the picture with her as well. This won't just be one or two visits with the family, and it will likely be an open investigation for at least a month, out of an abundance of caution."
Pinkett Smith denounced the controversy in front of TMZ cameras
at Los Angeles International Airport on May 7.
"Here's the deal: There was nothing sexual approximately that picture or that situation," Pinkett Smith said sternly. "You guys are projecting your trash onto it and you're acting like covert pedophiles and that's not cool."
Critics, though, have used to social media to voice their disapproval and what some are calling the "sexualization" of a 13-year-old girl in Willow Smith.
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