Blake Shelton's driver has backed up the country singer's Mexican vacation story after he denied reports he partied hard during the boozy trip.
The Honey Bee hitmaker is suing editors at In Touch magazine over a cover story they ran in August (15), weeks after he announced his divorce from Miranda Lambert in July (15).
The publication's editors suggested Blake had finally hit "rock bottom" in the headline, while an accompanying article suggested Shelton's "drinking and womanizing... helped torpedo his four-year marriage". The piece also included quotes from a source who claimed Blake's friends were reportedly "terrified he could end up dead".
Shelton took issue with the allegations and filed suit against publishers at Bauer Media in October (15) in a bid to protect his reputation. He denied all accusations, insisting he wasn't in rehab and had no plans to seek any professional treatment, and was said to be seeking at least $2 million (£1.4 million) in damages.
He filed a sworn declaration in March (16) dismissing each of the tabloid writer's claims, insisting he did not travel to Cancun for a bachelor party, and instead enjoyed a low-key break with his tour manager and a pair of married friends.
Now his driver in Mexico, Felipe Gomez, has also detailed the night in question in court papers, insisting the blonde woman Shelton is accused of flirting and partying with at the ME Melia Hotel was just a fan who had stopped the star and asked for a photo.
Gomez revealed Shelton was "very nice" to anyone who requested a selfie, and after the short stay at a bar on the grounds of the ME Melia Hotel, he and his pals returned to the car and headed back to the Fiesta Americana, where they were staying.
His account of the August vacation disputes In Touch magazine's sources, who alleged Shelton and company continued to party at various strip clubs and enjoyed round after round of tequila shots.
In fact, Gomez insisted the wildest activity Shelton took part in was snorkelling, reports TMZ.com.
Bauer Media executives are fighting the lawsuit, insisting they did not actually suggest the star was entering rehab. They also claimed they had two separate sources backing up their article.