Singer takes magazine to court over stories alleging drinking and womanizing
Blake Shelton is suing-mad at the publisher of In Touch.
The country singer and “The Voice” coach has filed suit against Bauer Publishing Company and Bauer Media Group over two articles that In Touch published, claiming that Shelton had cheated on his former wife, Miranda Lambert, and that he was heading to rehab after hitting “rock bottom.”
“Blake Shelton has had enough,” the lawsuit — filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court — reads.
The legal papers obtained by TheWrap add that Shelton was prepared to let the first story, that he cheated on Lambert go, but then the rehab story was published.
“Mr. Shelton is not in rehab and has no plans to go to rehab, which Bauer would have known had it bothered to contact any of Mr. Shelton’s representatives prior to publication of its misleading Rehab Story,” the lawsuit reads.
Among the claims that In Touch made, were that Shelton had hit “rock bottom,” that his friends are “terrified that he could end up dead at this rate,” and that Shelton was caught by Lambert with “a bunch of naked women” in their home.
“Neither drinking nor womanizing contributed to Mr. Shelton’s divorce from Mrs. Lambert,” the complaint reads.
A spokesperson for Bauer has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Alleging libel per se and false light invasion of privacy, Shelton is seeking combined damages “not to be less than” $2 million.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.