Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Ashlee Simpson’s Pissed That Jamie-Lynn Stole Her Thunder

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It’s hard to compete with the Spears sisters. You can work as hard as you want; nothing’s more interesting than famous trailer trash.

Ashlee Simpson is said to be devastated that the big debut of her new video, “Outta My Head,” was eclipsed by the Jamie-Lynn Spears pregnancy scandal.

“Ashlee can’t believe this happened. She’s so disappointed,” said a source. “Her sister, Jessica, grew up in the shadow of Britney; it took years for Jess separate herself from her. How ironic that Ashlee’s big day ends up spent in the shadow of Britney’s little sister.”

Hollywood is so unpredictable!

So Let’s Talk Statutory Rape

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Daily Mail has an article today about the charges 19-year-old Casey Aldridge could face for impregnating 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears (if he was, in fact, the one who did it).

Louisiana law defines this unlawful carnal knowledge as “sexual intercourse with consent between someone age 19 or older and someone between age 12 and 17.”

In Louisiana a person can only legally consent to sex at age 17. If aged 15 or 16, the other person involved must be no more than two years older for the act to be considered legal.

But Aldridge wouldn’t fare much better if the “carnal” act happened in California, where Spears lives while on the set of her Nickelodeon TV show Zoey 101.

The Californian Penal Code states that any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 18 who is not more than three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanour and faces up to one year in a county jail.

But Californian criminal defence attorney Jim Hammer says: “If Aldridge is actually more than three years older he could be up for a felony, which carries a maximum three years in prison.”

If the sex took place in Louisiana, he could be in for 10 years.

Now, help me out here, legal eagles: do the parents have to press charges for any of this to happen? Or can the state press charges? And is it likely that they will?

Weigh in, smart people!!!