Blake Shelton, In Touch Settle Lawsuit

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Blake Shelton In Touch Lawsuit Settled

By Shari Weiss |

Blake Shelton In Touch Lawsuit Settled

(In Touch)

Blake Shelton and In Touch have settled their lawsuit more than a year after the country superstar sued the tabloid’s parent company for defamation. And now the magazine has to pay up.

As Gossip Cop reported, Shelton sued In Touch and publisher Bauer Media in October 2015 after the tabloid falsely announced on a cover, “Rehab For Blake.” The front of the magazine further asserted he “hit rock bottom,” and the accompanying article claimed he was being urged to get treatment for alcoholism. Gossip Cop was the first to bust the cover story, correctly reporting that Shelton was not in rehab, nor was there concern about his drinking.

In early 2016, a few months after the lawsuit was filed, the tabloid and its publisher fought back, contending its story was “not published with malice,” a key component in libel and defamation cases, and the outlet also argued its article was “substantially true.” The magazine purported to have two sources confirming Shelton was being encouraged to get help, and pointed out that the singer himself has made drinking part of his public persona, including sending out tweets about boozing.

In response, however, Shelton submitted a declaration that outlined all the false assertions in the article. “I have never been to rehab. I did not then nor have I ever hit rock bottom,” he swore, insisting, “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.”

Shelton then scored a win when a judge ruled against the In Touch’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, instead deciding the case should go to trial. Now, nearly a year after that ruling, the two sides won’t be facing off anymore. Shelton and Bauer have reached a private, out-of-court settlement that will close the case. The country singer originally sought at least $2 million in damages. It’s unclear exactly how much money Shelton will be paid and if In Touch will print a formal apology as part of the agreement. Gossip Cop has reached out to both camps for comment.

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