Blake Shelton filed a lawsuit several weeks ago against In Touch Weekly for defamation of character. The tabloid claimed The Voice coach and "Came Here to Forget" singer has a drinking problem, for which he went to rehab, and wrote that he--among other unsavory things--urinated on a mailbox because of said vice.
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On top of that, the tabloid claimed Blake Shelton's drinking contributed to his split from Miranda Lambert, publishing he was unfaithful to her, too.
TMZ obtained a sworn declaration Blake Shelton submitted to the courts this past Thursday. In it he lists several points that ascertain In Touch published some rather glaring untruths.
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In the declaration, Blake Shelton swears to the following:
"I have never been to rehab."
"I did not then nor have I ever hit rock bottom."
"I do not drink excessively, binge drink or have a drinking problem."
"I do not drink vodka before 11 AM."
"I am never drunk, intoxicated, or unable to perform my job on The Voice.
"I do not slur my words or stumble when I drink."
"I have never urinated on a mailbox."
"My ex-wife Miranda Lambert did not catch me with a bunch of naked women in our Tennessee home."
Blake Shelton is represented by attorney Judy Smith, who is the real-life inspiration for Olivia Pope on Scandal.
"The story was categorically false. Blake said enough is enough and decided to fight back," she said to TMZ in recent days.
Blake Shelton: I Am NOT A Drunk And Miranda Lambert Did NOT Catch Me With Naked Women https://t.co/IW69yG74Wb
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High fives are in order for Blake Shelton for hitting back at this sort of defamation. Tabloids have long gotten away with publishing countless lies about a wealth of celebrities. These kinds of lies can damage a person's credibility and hurt their fan base.
It will be interesting to learn if Blake Shelton's case moves forward within the court system. It must pass through some hurdles before it actually heads to court, but it's well on its way.
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Blake Shelton has Gwen Stefani on his side to lighten his load. He is on her side, too, as evidenced when he purchased not just one, but six copies of her newly released album, "This is What the Truth Feels Like."
Hey @gwenstefani... My favorite song on your album is "Rare".. Just thought I'd let you know.?
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 18, 2016
In Touch Weekly might soon learn exactly what the truth feels like, especially if Blake Shelton wins this case. That truth could cost them the $2 million he is seeking.