Tori Spelling isn't in danger of going to jail, despite a misleading tabloid cover story. Gossip Cop can exclusively expose this fake news.
"Jail For Tori: Worst Nightmare For Mom Of Five" reads a dramatic headline on the latest cover of Star. The accompanying article goes on to purport that the actress could be facing up to five years in prison as a result of her money woes. Over the years, Spelling has in fact racked up more than $1 million in debt, but the magazine is now wrongly reporting that the actress is facing time behind bars for her unpaid bills and loans.
The outlet quotes an attorney as saying, "At the moment this is not a criminal case. But if there is any kind of fraud happening, Tori could do time." Another source tells the magazine, "If a court found that she committed tax fraud, Tori could face as much as five years in prison." There's a whole lot of "ifs" and "coulds" mentioned here, but there's no reason to believe Spelling has committed any type of fraud. This entire report is unsubstantiated and based on a hypothetical situation that hasn't happened. The actress "could" also go to prison "if" she plans an Ocean's Eleven-esque casino heist, but that's equally unlikely.
In fact, "debtors' prison" is an ancient concept that has long been eliminated. In the mid-19th century, a person could go to jail in the United States for failing to pay their debt, but that law was abolished more than 180 years ago. Today, a person could face jail time for failing to pay taxes or child support, but that isn't the case with Spelling.
Regardless, another dubious insider tells the magazine, "If Tori ends up going to jail, that would mean [her husband] Dean [McDermott] would have to raise the kids on his own." The questionable source says such a scenario is the only way the actress's mom, Candy Spelling, would agree to cover her debt. "I'm sure that possibility would be absolutely horrifying to Candy, who's never liked Dean and has even advised Tori to dump him."
Despite the magazine's report being entirely theoretical, Gossip Cop checked in with a mutual pal of ours and Spelling, who tells us she's working on getting her finances in order. Another source close to the situation tells us it's "absolutely ridiculous" to believe the actress might commit fraud to get out of her money problems. Simply put, Spelling isn't going to prison for a crime she has no intention of committing.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time we've had to call out Star for publishing fake news surrounding the actress's financial issues. Gossip Cop previously busted the magazine for falsely claiming Spelling and McDermott had a fifth baby in an effort to inherit her mother's fortune. We also debunked the publication's tall tale about Spelling posing as other women online to catch her husband cheating. The tabloid's latest cover story is equally bogus.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.