Kim Kardashian denies report of alleged affair, pledges legal action
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/08/2011
Kim Kardashian has pledged to take legal action against In Touch Weekly and New England Patriots football player Bret Lockett for claiming she cheated on her new fiance and New Jersey Nets basketball player Kris Humphries with Lockett.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again, don't believe everything you read. The tabloids and weekly magazines will do ANYTHING to sell copies, and in this case they decided to run a false story, knowing they had absolutely no proof that it was real. It's disgusting, and I will be taking legal action against In Touch magazine and Bret Lockett," Kardashian wrote on her website on Wednesday.
According to In Touch -- which published the report as the cover story of its new issue with a "Stop the Wedding! Kim Caught Cheating!" headline -- Kardashian had a five-month affair with Lockett behind her basketball beau's back. The alleged relationship consisted of "kinky texts and wild phone sex," TMZ reported. Lockett also reportedly told the magazine he "knew this was a game to her and this is what she does," adding that she "pursued" him.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kourtney and Kim Take New York star's lawyer threatened to sue In Touch if it ran the story after the magazine contacted her representatives about the report, according to a demand letter obtained by TMZ. In the letter, the attorney claimed the allegations "are, at a minimum, damaging, defamatory, and an invasion of her privacy."
However, Lockett is standing by his allegations and insisting he did have an affair with Kardashian.
On Wednesday, he told NESN, a New England regional sports cable network, he discussed the alleged relationship with In Touch because the magazine insisted it was going to publish the story regardless of whether he commented. As a result, Lockett said he felt it was important to share the truth about Kardashian's alleged infidelity.
"I'm saying the story in the tabloid is true, and that my relationship with Kim is true as well. [In Touch] said, 'We're going to run it whether you like it or not. Do you have anything to say? Because Kim and their publicists are going to be able to make a statement.' Either I could have said nothing, and just let it be and then have me look crazy, or I could have told them the full truth and let it be written as told. So that's exactly what I did," Lockett explained.
"When I found out what was happening and what was going to be put out and run in the tabloids, whether I could do anything about it or not, I had to come out and let them know the full truth... I know a lot of people are misconstruing it and thinking that it's just been put out to be put out on my behalf. Nothing that has been put out I knew about prior to it happening."
Lockett said In Touch initially contacted his 20-year-old "fun-loving football player" brother for information about the alleged relationship without his knowledge or the consent of his publicists. When Lockett's brother reportedly heard an inaccurate story from the magazine, he inadvertently confirmed the affair when attempting to "defend" his older brother. Lockett suggested it then became his turn to do the same.
"I'm protecting myself, and my brother, and my family's interests. That's about it," Lockett explained.
In addition, the NFL player also declined comment on Kardashian's threat to take legal action against him.
"I'm not even going to go down that road," Lockett added. "I don't even want to comment on that. I'll just leave it as it is."