No, this isn't a violation at all. (YouTube)As promised, kicky teen Courtney Stodden and her middle-aged husband, Doug Hutchison, appeared today on "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers," a syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky. And while I thought I was pretty well-versed in all things Stoddison, I learned a lot from the episode.
Stodden first made contact with Hutchison this January, when she expressed an interest in studying acting with him — because who better to teach the craft than the seventh lead from "The Green Mile"? Hutchison says that he and Stodden corresponded for a while before he got in contact with her mother about the possibility of Stodden's coming to Los Angeles, from her home in Washington, to take his course in person. Though he also said he thought at the time that Stodden was in her "late twenties," so why would her mother need to be involved? Fishy. (Dr. Drew did not pursue this incongruity.)
According to both Stodden and Hutchison, Stodden's mother was thrilled about the couple's burgeoning love affair; Stodden's father was not so sure about it. (Regrettably, the elder Stoddens were not present in the studio for the episode.) Hutchison did not ask Stodden's father's permission before he proposed to Courtney, but he claims he was confident that Mr. Stodden was okay with their relationship by then, or else he would not have proposed.
Why did the couple get married so soon after meeting? "We're not guaranteed tomorrow, and I am not a fearful person at all," said Stodden. Why take the somewhat extreme step of marrying rather than dating for a while first? As Stodden notes, "If we dated, he could get put in jail." Some might say this fact should alert one to the possibility that the relationship is, you know, not the greatest idea, but hey, I made some indefensible decisions when I was a dumb teenager, too.
The centerpiece of the episode was, of course, a detailed medical examination of Stodden's person to verify or disprove her claim that she has never undergone cosmetic surgery of any kind. Dr. Drew invited a Dr. Hughes to perform the investigation, and I am sure all his findings are unimpeachable because only a clinician at the tip-top of his field would agree to scrutinize a teenager's body in front of a studio audience and a minimum of three cameras for a daytime talk show. And here are the results!
FACE: Stodden was unable to move her left eyebrow, nor did her forehead wrinkle, suggesting she'd had Botox injections. However, a bump in the bridge of her nose did indicate that she had probably not had rhinoplasty.
BODY: I'll let you watch for yourself, and then go take a shower.