WEST PALM BEACH (CN) – County singer Mindy McCready says the National Enquirer defamed her and cost her $50 million in business opportunities in an article that accused her of being a drugged-up parent who abandoned her son.
Malinda “Mindy” McCready says the Enquirer and its corporate parent, American Media, defamed her in the June 8 article, “Shameful Mindy McCready Child Custody No-Show.”
McCready says sole alleged source for the article was her mother, Gayle Inge, and that “at the time of the publication of the article, Inge and McCready were in a bitter custody battle for McCready’s son Zander. Therefore, Inge is known to be non-credible source for truthful and unbiased information,” according to the complaint.
McCready’s mom is not a party to the complaint in Palm Beach County Court.
The Enquirer article “purports to re-publish statements from McCready’s biological mother, Gayle Inge, who appears to be the only source of information,” the complaint states.
The Enquirer accused McCready of failing eight court-ordered drug tests, failing to appear at a custody hearing, taking drugs, being an unfit parent, and of threatening her mother with violence, according to the complaint.
McCready says she is “a nationally recognized country music recording artist whose livelihood is directly affected by her reputation and character. Accordingly, the publication of the falsehoods contained in the article has not only had a direct negative impact on McCready’s emotional well being, but also affects her livelihood and future earning potential.
McCready is represented by Andrew Douglas of Plantation, Fla.