UPDATE: National Enquirer Claims No Wrongdoing in Teri Shields’ Day Out
UPDATE: The National Enquirer is disputing Brooke Shields’ reported claim that a reporter checked her mother, Teri Shields, out of her nursing home for nefarious purposes.
According to the Enquirer’s account, the elder Shields has known the reporter in question for “more than 10 years,” and during a visit to her nursing home Shields asked the reporter to bring her on some errands, including a trip to the bank, and take her out to lunch.
“At no point did the facility, which had given its permission for the outing, contend that there had been any wrongdoing in a situation where two people who had known each for more than a decade,” the Enquirer claims.
Apparently, some journalists will do anything for an exclusive.
Pretty Baby actress Brooke Shields told People magazine on Friday that her mother, 75-year-old Teri Shields, was checked out of her Old Tappan, New Jersey, nursing home on Thursday by two National Enquirer reporters seeking a “tabloid story.”
The elder Shields, who suffers from dementia, was later found unharmed at a restaurant next to the assisted living center.
“I intend to take every lawful action against all who were involved or who authorized this despicable act,” Shields declared.
Shields says that, on late Thursday afternoon, Old Tappan Police told her that two National Enquirer reporters “who falsely claimed they were friends of [Teri’s]” checked Teri out of the nursing home.
“They then drove my 75-year-old mother around looking for a tabloid story,” Shields continued. “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.”
Captain Thomas Shine of the Old Tappan Police Department says that officers were called to the nursing home at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday to look for Shields, and were told by a facility supervisor that she had been checked out.
“Our officer located her with some form of a journalist, I think a freelance journalist, in an eatery right next door,” Shine noted. “She wasn’t harmed in any way shape or form. She was fine. The officers discussed the circumstances with her. And she literally walked with one of my officers next door to the assisted living center.”
No charges have yet been filed, but police are investigating “who allowed her to leave the facility,” according to Shine, who adds that one of the journalists did seem “familiar to Mrs. Shields.”