Will Smith and wife Jada 'under investigation by child
services' over photo of daughter Willow, 13, lying in bed
with Moises Arias, 20
Daily Mail Reporter
12:53 EST, 20 May 2014
14:26 EST, 20 May 2014
Will Smith and wife Jada
Pinkett Smith are under investigation by child protective services over a
photo of their 13-year-old daughter Willow lying on a bed with her friend, Moises Arias, 20, according to a report.
controversial black and white snap, which was posted on social media,
depicted former Hannah Montana actor Moises shirtless with Willow
slouched fully clothed in front of him.
Willow's mother Jada, 42, defended the image earlier this month, saying there was 'nothing sexual about it'.
Now the Los Angeles Department
of Children And Family Services has launched a probe, according to RadarOnline.
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'Probe': Will Smith and Wife Jada Pinkett Smith
are reported to be under investigation by child services over this snap
of their daughter Willow, 13, lying on a bed with Moises Arias, 20,
which was posted to social media
'Investigation' Will and Jada, pictured here at
the Vanity Fair party at the Oscars in March, are reported to be fully
cooperating with the authorities, RadarOnline reports
The website reports the investigation was launched last week and that Will, 45, and Jada have been 'extremely cooperative'.
Controversial: Moises pictured at an event in Los Angeles last October
A source told the website: '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
'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.'
MailOnline has contacted both Will and Jada's representatives and awaits comment.
Moises posted the picture earlier this month on social media. It was then noticed on their friend Kylie Jenner's Tumblr account, leading to a media furor.
When asked about the photo, Jada
lashed out at photographers and videographers as she arrived at Los
Angeles Internation Airport on May 7.
Speaking in a video on TMZ she said: 'Here's the deal. There was nothing sexual about that picture
of that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it … and
your acting like covert paedophiles and that's not cool.'
One the same day Willow's brother Jaden Smith, 15, made a show of
solidarity to his sister when he was spotted out and about
The pair, along with some of their other friends, were seen grabbing a bite to eat at Sugarfish Sushi in Calabasas.
TMZ also cited sources at the time as saying Will and Jada had 'no issue' with the b&w boudoir snap since Willow is 'very mature.'
Lashing out: Jada defended the snap
when she asked about it by photographers when she arrived to catch a
flight at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month
The Hollywood couple of 15 years considered the image - which has since been taken down - as 'an expression of art' and 'innocent fun.'
'We don't do punishment,' Will told Metro last year.
'The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has been - it has a little too much of a negative quality.
'You can do anything you want as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life.'
With his pals: The actress and husband Will
Smith's son Jaden Smith (front right) also made a show of solidarity on
when he was seen out and about with Moises (front left) in the wake of
the media furor
Friends: Jaden is said to be good pals with Hannah Montana star Moises
And when fans were outraged in 2012 over the homeschooled pre-teen's extreme hairstyles, Jada wrote on Facebook: 'I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain.'
Willow's music video for Summer Fling also came under attack last year due to her casting a visibly older onscreen love interest.
'Just for clarity, the word fling means something that's short lived,' the Whip My Hair hitmaker told Queen Latifah last September.
'And this song is dedicated to all the kids around the world whose summer is never long enough.'