Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have the most buzzed about relationship in town. Rumors that the two are dating took flight when photos of the pair canoodling in swimsuits hit the web, at which point crazed Bieber fans began aggressively threatening Selena on Twitter and across the web. Then today, Selena’s Facebook and Twitter profiles were hacked. The perpetrator, who goes by “PkinJ0r,” sent messages like “Justin Bieber sucks” from Selena’s handle.
Justin and Selena have yet to publicly admit to their relationship, however — and perhaps that’s because it isn’t just controversial, it’s actually illegal. Selena is 18, making her an adult in the eyes of the law, and Justin’s 16, which means he’s a minor. If the two have sex, Selena would be guilty of statutory rape. According to the California Penal Code, “Any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is not more than three years older or three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanor.”
Hypothetically, this means that if Justin (or his parents) were to press charges against Selena, she’d be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined up to $2,000. If she were one year older or he one year younger, she could face a felony conviction and possible jail time. Yikes!
Is the whole illegality thing the reason Justin and Selena haven’t come clean about their romance? Who knows, Bieber could be returning to CSI more than just one more time.