NY Daily News Calls Lauren Silverman’s High School Sexual Assault An ‘Affair’

Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell

Remember Simon Cowell‘s telenovela-worthy affair with his close friend’s now-pregnant wife, Lauren Silverman? Well, as tends to happen, various news outlets have “discovered” things about her past, i.e. any bored jerk who met Silverman twenty years ago is now utilizing her past to make money by telling media sources about it. In this case, it’s the “secret” of how she was raped by a teacher while in high school.

When Silverman was 16, she attended the prestigious Miami Country Day School. There, this anonymous source claims, is where she met and “engaged in an affair” with a “well-liked English teacher” named Steve Lewis — who was 26, also known as a “legal adult,” making this statutory rape. Of course, that’s not how the NY Daily News described it:

Lauren Silverman was just 16 when she engaged in an affair with a well-liked English teacher at the exclusive Miami Country Day School, former classmates told The News.

“They were having a two-month sexual affair,” a former classmate said. “Everybody in the upper school knew what was going on. It was a huge deal, especially for a little private school.”

Silverman’s secret dalliance with handsome Steve Lewis, who was also the junior varsity football coach, was said to have included after-hours trysts in his classroom.

Yeah, so, just FYI: there are reasons we put those lil ol’ statutory rape laws into place. They’re there to protect children from adults. As somebody 3 years younger than Lewis was at the time, I couldn’t imagine having sex with somebody in high school; that’s disgusting. The fact that he was her teacher only multiplies that sentiment — and makes it even more illegal. It’s more than a little fucked up that the reporters, Rich Schapiro and Marianne Garvey, called a predator handsome, as though this was some sweet whirlwind romance from a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Naturally, they reported the story from the side of “disappointed” students who missed their statutory rapist teacher:

“They obviously tried to keep it under wraps, but we went to a very small private school,” an ex-classmate said. “It’s impossible to keep it under wraps.”

Students were especially bummed over the loss of Lewis — who was described by one former student as a “cool, young guy who everybody liked.”

Oh, and don’t forget: it was Silverman’s fault!

Lauren Silverman was known as a pretty and popular teen who ran with the cool, fast crowd.

“It wasn’t surprising that it was her,” a former classmate said. “Lauren was always the scandalous troublemaker, always chasing after older guys.”

Again, even if somebody is “chasing after” you, if that person is a child and you are an adult, you do not have to do anything. In fact, you legally have to not do anything, because that would be statutory rape. Which this was. Why does that even need stating?

Here’s the funny painfully obvious thing about rape: it’s rape. It’s not a carefree fling, it’s not a jolly romp. I don’t even know what a “jolly romp” would entail, but I am 100 percent certain that it does not include “taking advantage of an underage girl and entrusted into your care by a system set up to educate and protect her.” Just as with the 14-year-old girl yesterday, an adult having sex with a child is rape — and it doesn’t suddenly become legal sex because her personality isn’t completely devoid of sexuality.

Photo: Pacific Coast News.

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    • Santana

      Steve Lewis needs to go to jail. I hope the police investigate this. What he did was statutory rape!

    • Evex

      And here’s the painfully obvious thing about statutory rape: it’s NOT rape in most cases. It’s such bullshit. If they BOTH WANT IT, then who are you to tell them they can’t just because she’s 16 and he’s 26? If they were both 16 it wouldn’t be a problem. So what makes “kids” having consensual sex any less worse than a “kid” and adult having consensual sex? ( I say “kids” because at 16 there already is that sense of sexuality and IMHO you can’t really call them kids anymore. To me 16 is where the young adult phase starts because of that sense of sexuality and independence)

      • SmithLL

        16 year olds can’t legally consent. It’s that simple. She can’t legally say she wants it.