Blake Shelton is attempting to show one tabloid that you can’t just say things that aren’t true and get away with it. You just can’t go around saying he peed on a mailbox when he didn’t! That was one small accusation on a long list of more serious jabs that were directed his way in a tabloid article.
Shelton, who split with his wife Miranda Lambert last year and has since moved in with Gwen Stefani, was headline news quite often with all this going on. He was the hot news there for a good portion of last year. Most every Blake Shelton headline brought in the money, but In Touch Magazine ran a story back in September that Shelton says is completely false. They said Shelton was headed for rehab, reports Fox News on March 18.
The country crooner is suing Bauer Publishing for $2 million over the In Touch story. His lawsuit adamantly denies hitting rock bottom, drinking vodka before 11 a.m., going to rehab or slurring his words. He has never been in rehab and he’s never been drunk or intoxicated and unable to perform his job on “The Voice,” which is addressing some of the behaviors that article accused him off.
The magazine ran the article, “Rehab for Blake,” and it made him sound as if he hit rock bottom. He also accused the magazine of making up stories about him stepping out on Lambert while the two were married. He also said, “My ex-wife…did not catch me with a bunch of naked women in our Tennessee home.”
The Boot reports today that the Bauer Publishing Company is not backing down. Bauer Company has said that the story was “substantially true.” They are asking the court to dismiss Shelton’s lawsuit. The documents requesting that the lawsuit get tossed state:
“Shelton ignores that he has staked his reputation on heavy drinking: He tweets more than 15 million Twitter followers almost daily with messages crowing about how much he drinks and is famous for his signature Twitter tagline, ‘Drunk,’” the court documents state. “Shelton also ignores the years of press — which went unchallenged by any legal claims — documenting how his ex-wife, among others, were so upset by his alcohol consumption that she told him to go to rehab. By this action, Shelton attempts to walk back a public image he created. Yet the law does not allow for selective amnesia.”
The Publishing company is hoping that the court finds that there is no path for Shelton to win this lawsuit and they just toss it out of court. Shelton’s lawyer, Larry Stein, fires back that a “celebrity’s private medical condition is not an issue of public interest.”