Blake Shelton Declares: I Am NOT A Drunk And Miranda Lambert Did NOT Catch Me With Naked Women
Blake Shelton’s legal war with In Touch is continuing, five months after he sued the tabloid.
As Gossip Cop has reported, In Touch published an issue last September with a cover that announced, “Rehab For Blake: He Finally Hits Rock Bottom” (see right). We were the first to exclusively debunk the story, accurately reporting that Shelton was NOT in rehab and no one was urging him to get help for a supposed drinking problem, contrary to the magazine’s claims. In October, Shelton filed a $2 million libel and defamation lawsuit against publisher Bauer for its false allegations.
Bauer hit back in late February, arguing that Shelton has cultivated a public persona of being a drinker, that the article itself didn’t actually state he was in rehab, and that In Touch had two sources backing up its claims that he was being urged to enter treatment. The company wants the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds that its piece was “substantially true” and was not published with malice. Now with a hearing set for later this month, Shelton has completed a sworn declaration refuting many of the story’s allegations.
The declaration practically goes over the In Touch cover story line by line, with Shelton issuing flat-out denials. “I have never been to rehab,” he states. “I did not then nor have I ever hit rock bottom.”
Shelton goes on, “I do not drink excessively, binge drink or have a drinking problem.” Other statements include, “I do not drink vodka before 11 a.m.,” and “I am never drunk, intoxicated, or unable to perform my job on ‘The Voice.'”
He also fires back at some of the article’s more outrageous claims. “I have never urinated on a mailbox,” Shelton says. In another section he swears, “My ex-wife Miranda Lambert did not catch me with a bunch of naked women in our Tennessee home.”
“Ms. Lambert did not tape me while drinking and then show me a video of myself the following day,” he continues. “During our marriage, Ms. Lambert never begged, demanded, or asked me to go to rehab.” Shelton adds, “I did not handle my first divorce by drinking, nor has my drinking increased or escalated since my divorce from Ms. Lambert.”
Shelton further says in the declaration that the tabloid cover story negatively affected his career because he was depicted as a “man who cannot function, cannot do his job, and is on the brink of death without treatment.” He states, “Not only was I not in rehab or headed to rehab when it was published, but I also do not have a drinking problem.”
“All of this was false and went so far beyond prior stories about me that I had previously denied with humor,” says Shelton. He also insists that his jokes about drinking “in no way indicates that I have an actual problem with alcohol.” Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.