Blake Shelton’s lawsuit against a major tabloid is moving forward.
A judge in Los Angeles rejected a motion dismiss in Blake’s defamation suit against “In Touch Weekly” over their headline, “Rehab for Blake.” The story ran on the cover of the magazine in September 2015, and the judge declared that it could be interpreted by the average reader as meaning Blake was in treatment for alcohol abuse.
Blake sued the publisher of “In Touch Weekly,” Bauer Publishing Co., last November over the headline and the story that went with it. Blake has denied several main points in that story, and the suit states that he doesn’t have a drinking problem.
According to The Associated Press, the attorney for Bauer Publishing, Elizabeth McNamara, said Blake has built his “entire reputation around excessive drinking.”
Blake’s lawyer has said the “In Touch Weekly” story is 100 percent false. The story came at a time when Blake was gearing up to host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and was also negotiating other high-profile deals.
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He wrote, “I felt that the Rehab Story jeopardized both my personal and professional reputation, and that I needed to do everything I could to set the record straight.”
On a lighter note, Blake’s new album, “If I’m Honest,” is due out May 20, which features his latest hit, “Came Here to Forget,” as well as his new single to Christian radio, “Savior’s Shadow.”