The Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services has reportedly opened an investigation into an incident involving a controversial photo of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith, says Radar Online.
“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department,” a source 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.”
20-year-old actor Moises Arias posted an image on Instagram of himself in bed with Willow Smith. Willow Smith can be seen wearing jeans and a shirt in the black and white image while Arias is shirtless with his lower half not fully visible. After he posted the photo, the image cause quite the uproar with many drawing conclusions about the extent of the pair’s relationship. Arias is a family friend of the Smiths and very close friend to Willow’s brother, Jaden Smith.
Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out at photographers at LAX days after the controversy began, telling them that there was nothing provocative about the image and people took the photo out of context.
“Here’s the deal,” Jada Pinkett Smith 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.”
According to Radar’s source, social workers will also speak separately with Willow about the incident.
“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.”