UPDATE: In case anyone was worried that I’m not getting enough feedabck for writing about this, I’ve received over 1,200 responses. Here are some of the angriest ones, and here are some of the most encouraging and supportive.
I’m already anticipating the flood of comments calling me a terrible person for pointing this out, but I have some bad news for you guys — instead of it being a one-time situation, it’s starting to seem like Paul Walker may actually have had a history of dating underage girls. The comments haven’t even finished pouring in from people who are furious at me for ‘disrespecting Paul’s memory’ with my last post, but already we’ve found more information to suggest that his girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell was not the first sixteen-year old that Paul dated as an adult.
A lot of very vocal people have insisted that the fact that Paul allegedly began dating Jasmine when he was thirty-three and she was sixteen is okay, based on the fact that they were together for seven years, which proves that their union was based on love and mutual respect, and age is just a number and blah blah blah. I don’t get on board with any of that, because I feel that a teenager is a child and a thirty-something is an adult (a belief in which I’m backed up by the law in many states), but I’m admittedly biased based on my own experience with an older man when I was sixteen, and the perspective I’ve gained since.
I would be interested, however, to hear what those same people defending Paul would have to say about a second relationship of his that has emerged, with a woman named Aubrianna Atwell. According to an interview that she herself gave to the Las Vegas Sun after the actor’s untimely death, she is twenty-eight, and met Paul twelve years ago when she was in modeling school. The two then went on to date:
“I met him at the Hollywood Canteen with a bunch of friends. We just became friends and ended up in a relationship. We have been in each other’s lives ever since.”
Think about the math there, for a second. Twelve years ago would have been 2001, when Paul was twenty-eight and Aubrianna was…yup, sixteen. She doesn’t mention the specific date that their romantic involvement began, but it is disconcerting to learn that they began a relationship while she was underage, later going on to date intermittently and even living together in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara.
And since Paul allegedly met and started dating Jasmine seven years ago (in 2006), this all would’ve had to happen in a five year period, between 2001 and 2006, years spanning ages sixteen to twenty-one in Aubrianna’s life and twenty-eight to thirty-two in Paul’s. We can’t know for certain when their interactions turned sexual, but the Sun has a photo of them on vacation together in Prague in 2004, when Aubrianna would have been nineteen, so it’s safe to assume it was before that point.
Bottom line – if this is true, it constitutes a disturbing pattern of Paul Walker seeking out underage girls for romantic relationships at multiple points in his life, and I don’t understand why more people aren’t indignant about that. I understand that the timing of these revelations is uncomfortable, but it’s never going to be an appropriate time to discuss this potential pattern of dating underage girls, right? Because if it’s true, it’s Paul’s behavior in itself that was inappropriate.
Nothing I’ve said here lessens the tragedy of his death in any capacity, but it’s unacceptable for Paul’s alleged actions to be swept under the rug just because he was a talented, attractive actor. If there were allegations of a less famous person being romantically involved with one sixteen-year old girl when he was twenty-eight, and another when he was thirty-three, I suspect this situation would be treated very differently.
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