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While the issue of ownership may still be in question, one-time country star Mindy McCready does not deny that the sex tape currently making headlines is authentic.
The footage, along with other property, was stolen by a family friend in 2006, Mindy tells Country Weekly. “Everything that I have ever owned, every picture I’ve taken, every piece of clothing I have ever bought, every award I’ve won, everything. My mom’s best friend was supposed to store it from me in a storage facility which she owned."
The tape's release is not a marketing ploy, Mindy says. "This has not been a media stunt. This was not a planned thing,” Mindy says. “I wish the media would think about things before they say them. It is a possibility that there are more people out there than myself that are trying to capitalize on me. The fact is that every single thing that [media has speculated] that I did or orchestrated, is simply not true." Her album, I'm Still Here, was released on March 23 with tepid sales results.
"In light of all the changes I’ve tried to make and worked so hard to make a reality, it’s quite insulting for people to think I would do something like this on purpose for headlines," the Celebrity Rehab reality show stars says, noting that she's fighting to get custody of her four-year-old son back from her mother. "That’s a delicate matter. My mom and I are arguing over that situation. Me putting out some kind of a tape like that would be the worst thing I could ever do at this time regarding that situation.”
As of April 5, the release of the steamy sex tape featuring Mindy was put on hold while adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment takes steps to prove it has the right to distribute the video, which is titled Mindy McCready: Baseball Mistress. Adam Dread, Mindy's legal counsel, considers the postponement a victory of sorts. "We stand by our original statement that Ms. McCready has never made any video for Vivid Ent., or any entertainment company of that genre, and that there is no proof of authorization from Vivid to release any likeness of Ms. McCready, in any format," he said in a prepared statement. "We have formally requested that they provide proof of authorization, or refrain from using Ms. McCready's likeness, period."
While she couldn't comment on specifics because of the ongoing legal battle, Mindy says Vivid has been "really cool" about removing a teaser video from its site after receiving a cease and desist letter from Dread.
Mindy also tells Country Weekly that she has completed writing a tell-all book, titled I’m Still Here, which will tell her side of the story about her failed record deals, seizure on Celebrity Rehab, her time spent in jail and more. The book is scheduled to be released this fall.
For more on Mindy, check out the May 10 issue of Country Weekly.