Brooke Shields: Tabloid Targeted My Ailing Mom

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Brooke Shields is livid -- and it sounds like she has every right to be.

 

The actress is claiming that a journalist from The National Enquirer checked Brooke's mom out of a New Jersey nursing home, in hopes of getting some kind of scoop on the actress.

Teri Shields, 75, was found a few hours later at a restaurant very close to the facility where she resides, but that isn't making it any better for Brooke. She is pissed!

"I intend to take every lawful action against all who were involved or who authorized this despicable act," Brooke said in a statement to People.com.

"My mother Teri Shields has been diagnosed with dementia. For her safety, she has temporarily been in a senior living facility, a very difficult decision for me," she says. "Late Thursday afternoon, I was alerted by Old Tappan Police that my mother had been signed out of the facility by two reporters of the National Enquirer ... who falsely claimed they were friends of hers."

"They then drove my 75-year-old mother around looking for a tabloid story. As anyone knows who has a parent who suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's, it is one of the most difficult experiences you can go through as a son or daughter. The idea that the National Enquirer took advantage of her state is reprehensible and disgusting."

The Enquirer responded, saying, of course, that they did nothing wrong.

"A freelance reporter who has known Teri Shields for more than 10 years visited her Thursday at the assisted living facility where Brooke says she moved her," they countered. "Teri asked the reporter to take her out to lunch and to run some errands. The freelance reporter then got permission from the facility to do so."

The whole scenario is still under investigation -- like who let Brooke's mom just walk out of the facility with said journalist -- but it's basically clear what happened (in my eyes anyway). Kinda makes me sick.

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