Britney Spears is done being the subject of made-up tabloid stories.
According to TMZ, the singer’s legal team is ready to file the necessary lawsuits to any media company that will continue to disseminate lies about her. In fact, the website reported that Spears’ lawyer recently threatened to sue In Touch Weekly if they publish a story they are pushing about the “Toxic” hitmaker allegedly “talking and laughing to herself and using a British accent” while behaving erratically at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.
In the letter sent to the magazine, Spears’ lawyer said that the story is “utterly false, highly defamatory and completely offensive” to the pop star. However, despite the singer’s camp disproving the story, In Touch Weekly informed her rep that the piece will still run.
If the bogus report ends up being published, Spears will reportedly sue the magazine. A source connected with the mom of two also told TMZ that this will just be one of the several lawsuits that will be filed to end all the fake news circulating about the songstress.
In 2005, Spears filed a $20 million libel lawsuit against Us Weekly magazine over a report claiming that she and ex-husband Kevin Federline made a sex tape and were worried that it would be leaked.
According to an MTV News report, Spears was seeking $10 million in libel damages and $10 million for misappropriating her name and image to promote sales of the magazine. Spears was also asking for unspecified punitive damages.
That year, Spears wrote an open letter addressed to what she called “false tabloids ... and other desperate magazines.” “I'm really concerned about the people you hire to work at your companies,” she wrote on her website (via People). “I'd like them to ask themselves the question, ‘What am I lying to myself about?’ Is it that you are 50 pounds overweight? ... Until you face what is going on in your life, I guess you'll remain a false tabloid.”