Radar Online is reporting that Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, are under investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services over the headline-making picture of their daughter Willow, 13, in bed with 20-year-old actor Moises Arias.
“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department,” an insider told Radar. “Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand.”
The source revealed, “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.”
Earlier this month, controversy erupted after 20-year-old actor Arias posted a picture of himself in bed with 13-year-old Willow on social media. Arias is best known for his role on the Disney series Hannah Montana and is reportedly close friends with Willow’s older brother, Jaden.
In the black and white photo, Willow is lying fully clothed on a bed with Arias, while Arias is shirtless, his lower half hidden underneath bedsheets.
Arias later deleted the shot shortly after positing it.
Pinkett Smith later lashed out at photographers at LAX when asked about the picture.
“Here’s the deal,” Jada said on May 7. “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it. You’re acting like covert pedophiles and that’s not cool.”