Salon.com reported that Hilton posted on his two-million-plus-followers Twitter account the message "If you are easily offended, do NOT click here . . . Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!" That image, since removed, allegedly showed Cyrus exiting an open-topped convertible wearing a dress and nothing under it.
Cyrus is legally a minor, a fact that could land Hilton in court on child-pornography charges. Los Angeles attorney Jeffrey Douglas, who specializes in child pornography cases, told Salon that even if Cyrus is actually wearing undergarments, there is still potential for child-porn liability.
In a video posted on his website Tuesday afternoon, Hilton addressed what he calls the "fake" controversy.
"Sure I like to be controversial," he said, "but I don't want to go to jail." He then added that Cyrus was "clearly" not showing anything inappropriate.
Cyrus has not commented - about this, anyway.
But in an interview with The Associated Press to promote her new album, "Can't Be Tamed," Cyrus defended her new, more provocative public image. "I'm not trying to be 'slutty,' " she said. "I'm not trying to be like, go to the club and get a bunch of guys . . . What I'm trying to do is to make a point with my record and look consistent, in the way my record sounds and the way I dress."