I have no idea how old she is in the top picture. I don't know when it was taken. She very well could have been 18. She's fifteen in the second one, according to the Buzzfeed article.I'm new to John K lore, but how old was Robyn Byrd in this picture? View attachment 861147
She definitely does not look 18 in this picture and yet there were apparently people wandering around John K's house while he had an underage girl on his lap. How many people knew about this shit and just didn't say anything? It doesn't seem like he was even hiding it.
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That idiot starts off his pervy slideshow with this picture. She looks like she's fucking twelve and has the deadest eyes I've ever seen.
As for your question... I kind of think he was hiding it to some extent, otherwise it would have come out long ago. There were undoubtedly people who knew, but one of his acquaintances - who apparently didn't - said John had a lot of weird behaviors around people. So perhaps they thought "John's just being weird again..." Or, perhaps, they were trying to rationalize it to try and not confront the truth...
EDIT: The top picture was taken at her 19th birthday party. So she was legal. Doesn't make it any less creepy.