Scout Willis Arrested in New York
Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, was arrested June 4th for underage drinking and possessing and showing an officer a fake ID. She has subsequently been charged with two misdemeanors and was released from jail without bail. Scout Willis is a 20-year-old college student at Brown University and was spotted on the street with an 8-ounce beer; and, after questioning, admitted who she was to the officer.
She has hired a lawyer who said that Scout had the chance to plead guilty to the charges, but instead choose not to because she does not want a criminal record. Her lawyer said, “It would be outrageous to mar a person that's clearly going places – clearly seeking to have a career … with a criminal record. The goal is clearly a non-criminal offer.” She goes on to say this, “Seriously, you were underage once … who wasn't looking to get into a bar?”
Her parents have not commented on the arrest, but one would assume it is their money that is paying for the lawyer. So, I find it abhorrent that a parent would hire an attorney who would encourage my child to plead not guilty to a crime they admittedly committed. I also don’t understand negotiating for a non-criminal offer for a crime that was clearly criminal. It may seem a silly law to not allow drinking at age 20, but a law is a law. Scout Willis clearly knew she was breaking a law and was blatant enough in her actions that she was out in public drinking. She clearly thought she would get away with it, and I have a suspicion she told the officer her right name in an effort to get off by having famous parents. I am not naive; I drank as a teen. I guess I was just smart enough to do it in the privacy of someone’s home; and if I was ever caught, I would have done the right thing and pled guilty. If this was my child caught drinking underage and possessing a fake ID, I would expect my child to plead guilty; they do the crime, and they do the time.
So, if this was your child, would you support him or her fighting the charge?