Sarah Palin's husband Todd Palin has said a new book by best-selling author Joe McGinniss alleging that the Republican politician snorted cocaine and had an interracial premarital fling with Glen Rice is full of disgusting lies.
The book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin is due out on Tuesday. It is reportedly due the same day as another book titled Deer in the Headlights, written by Levi Johnston, the former boyfriend to the Palins' daughter Bristol.
This new scandal comes as Palin ponders whether to formally seek the Republican presidential nomination.
McGinniss moved in next to the Palin's home in Alaska last year as part of his research.
In the book, McGinnis claims that the Palins did drugs and that the former Alaska governor had a one-night stand with basketball star Rice while, a former NBA player she covered him as a sports reporter 25 years ago.
The National Enquirer reported that McGinniss claims in the book that Palin had a steamy interracial hookup less than a year before Sarah Palin and Todd Palin eloped in 1988.
Rice led Michigan to a national championship in 1989. He was in Alaska for a college basketball tournament and allegedly hooked up with Palin, it said.
Todd was very much in the picture at the time and the couple married just nine months later, the tabloid reported. It also added that McGinniss quotes Rice as confirming the one-night stand.
But Todd Palin defended his wife and said no such thing happened.
This is a man who has been relentlessly stalking my family to the point of moving in right next door to us to harass us and spy on us to satisfy his creepy obsession with my wife, Todd Palin said.
He issued a statement reported by several media.
His book is full of disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears, Todd Palin added, stating that even media companies that would otherwise bash the politician have disregarded the book.
Even the New York Times called this book 'dated, petty,' and that it 'chases caustic, unsubstantiated gossip,' he said.
McGinniss also alleges that both Palins dabbled with cocaine, and that before Sarah Palin became governor of Alaska in 2006, she was seen snorting cocaine off an overturned 55-gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with pals, according to the Enquirer's report.
New York Times reviewer Janet Maislan on Wednesday said Although most of The Rogue is dated, petty and easily available to anyone with Internet access, Mr. McGinniss used his time in Alaska to chase caustic, unsubstantiated gossip about the Palins, often from unnamed sources like one resident and a friend.