Paul Walker and Statutory Rape

 walkerPaul Walker, the actor made famous for his serial role in the “Fast & Furious” film franchise, and who died Saturday in a tragic car crash in Santa Clarita, CA, could have been guilty of statutory rape. Statutory rape occurs when an adult older than 18 has sexual intercourse with a person under the age of consent (typically between the ages of 16 and 18).

Walker reportedly dated his girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell for seven years. Walker was 40 at the time of his death, and Pilchard-Gosnell is now reportedly 23. This means she was 16 and he 33 when they met. Pilchard-Gosnell’s family apparently did not have a problem with the pair dating. Was this because Walker was a handsome, famous actor? Or did her family just plain like the guy? Like him or not, it doesn’t alter the fact he appeared to enjoy the company of much younger girls.

In the state of California, the age of consent is 18. Because of the age gap between Walker and Pilchard-Gosnell, he could’ve been hit with a felony charge. That he wasn’t speaks to the relative permissiveness of our society and also to the apparent immunity that good looks and fame can bring. R. Kelly didn’t get away with it so why did Walker?

Pilcher-Gosnell was possibly not the only underage girl Walker dated. Before Pilcher-Gosnell, Walker dated a girl named Aubrianna Atwell. Atwell was interviewed by the Las Vegas Sun recently, in which she discussed her long-time relationship with Walker. She stated that they met 12 years ago. Considering she is now 28, that would mean she was 16 and Walker was 28 at the time. According to Atwell, she and Walker briefly dated and continued to be close friends until Walker’s untimely death. She reportedly said Walker was going to accompany her to her father’s funeral Dec. 8.

There is a reason there are laws for the age of consent. While girls mature faster than boys, the age of 16 is still young. Teenagers are still growing and developing, and it’s important to ask why men of Walker’s stature would be interested in dating girls still in high school. This law exists to protect young girls.

Hollywood has a troubling history of averting its eyes when celebrities commit statutory rape. Actor Kelsey Grammar was accused of being with a 17-year-old girl but was not charged and served no time. Woody Allen never served time for having an affair with his 17-year-old stepdaughter, Soon-Yi, although they later married. Rob Lowe completed community service instead of jail time for being with a 16-year-old girl and another young woman. After he fled the States to avoid conviction for statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl (who he also drugged), Roman Polanski began a relationship with 15-year-old Nastassja Kinski. Justice has yet to be served in Polanski’s case.

The same couldn’t be said for Jerry Lee Lewis, who infamously married his 13-year-old cousin when he was 22. His career stalled and never quite recovered from that scandal.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld dated 17-year-old Shoshanna Lonstein when he was 38. Their relationship lasted four years. Seinfeld continues to enjoy a strong career.

And who can possibly forget the story of Elvis and Priscilla Presley? Elvis was 24 and Priscilla 14 when they met. At 15, she moved in with Elvis, and they lived together for five years before marrying. When they met, Elvis had an even younger girl living in his home.

As is evident in these cases, and many more, underage girls often fall victim to celebrities’ whims and wishes. Paul Walker was just one of many who evidently committed statutory rape.

By Juana Poareo



Las Vegas Sun

25 Responses to "Paul Walker and Statutory Rape"

  1. wellillbedamned   April 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm


    Ever since I saw She’s All That in middle school, I figured (aside from the fact that he was famous and otherwise untouchable) that it was compounded by the fact that I was too young for him and thus didn’t stand a chance.

    Come to find out, I’m too old. Lol, irony!

  2. John Juncker   April 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    In what way did R. Kelly “not get away with it”?

  3. ang   January 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    The last known appearances with her was back on 2009 not anything recent. Besides he said that he was putting his dating status on hold to be with his daughter. He wanted to spend more time with her. Can’t believe everything Jasmines family says about tjem being together at 16.

  4. klepp0906   December 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

    LOL David Dennison. What a tool that guy is eh? Seriously the guy is dead, stop the swinging you sound silly as hell bro.

    And age of consent needs to be raised? Ummm why? So we can all go against our nature some more cause the governments and conservatives say so? You do realize we criminalize people who cage animals or take non domesticated animals out of the wild. Do you know why this is? Because we are stopping them from doing what they do. Its what comes natural to them.

    I know you bible thumpers hate to “understand logic” but science has proven again and again (in case their was any doubt) that we are simply plain animals, primates in fact. Evolved and superior? sure, but still primates, mammals. With all the same traits and breeding habits as our relatives.

    Do you know when a man and woman was ready for marriage, and sexual intercourse for the past few thousand years of recorded history and likely time immemorial before? When their bodies reached sexual maturity. Yes you read that right, our bodies reach SEXUAL MATURITY. We are capable of having kids, we are capable of having intercourse etc. Same as the monkies really 😛

    Moving on (try to keep up). Our ancestors realized this, why we do not is beyond me. If we are not sexually mature, I understand the issue. This is effectively pedophilia. However once that threshold is crossed, if it is consensual their is NOTHING criminal about it. Criminality is in making it criminal.

    Whether sheltering co dependant mommy or daddy are ok with it is another story. A family matter. Something to be dealt with from within the family-unit. We are seriously wasting jail cells on this crap while we have African americans out robbing and killing indiscriminately and then due to school of choice theyre spreading to the suburbs like a cancer ready to create new ghettos and victims. (go ahead, call me racist so I can throw some well cited statistics in your face. Never mind the fact I have plenty of black friends and they themselves will admit they are the minority (the well behaved civilized breed) so yea)

    You have my two cents and a few nickels on those two issues 😛

  5. klepp0906   December 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

    like him or not we all know the “government knows best” and they have to “protect us from ourselves” so they would have charged him anyways. I had a friend go to prison for a year because his girlfriends parents found out they were having sex and he was only 3 years her senior. Do I support statuatory rape laws? Absolutely not. Then again this is the country where we put away people who use drugs longer than real rapists lol

    That said, what on earth could a 33 year old have in common with a 16 year old? He’s a sick individual. He could have any woman in the world he wanted, but he chose a 16 year old? Yea frigging RIGHT.

  6. reignman98115   December 27, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I’m not saying i condone Paul dating a 16 year old and possibly having sexual relations at the time, but it was legal. They met and dated in Hawaii (not Cali) where the age of consent is 16. Who is to say that by time she was 18 she moved to California to be with him.

  7. Louise Neal-Pedroza   December 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Its a little late to be getting notoriety with an article that defames an individual —guess that is the only way some people can make themselves read!!

  8. David Glen Dennison   December 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Oh, duh… the article itself you mean… but why are you obsessed over a lie?

  9. David Glen Dennison   December 6, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Hi Abdulmalik,

    I was interested in knowing a little more about what exactly you meant when you shared, “No, just allow it…” what does ‘it’ represent? Thanks Bro. If you rather this be in private, you may e-mail your response at [email protected] or text message me at 909.802.9635 Take Care, Dave

  10. David Glen Dennison   December 6, 2013 at 6:23 am

    It’s Kool…


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