Brooke Shield recently went through a harrowing experience recently.
“My mother Teri Shields has been diagnosed with dementia. For her safety, she has temporarily been in a senior living facility, a very difficult decision for me,” she says. “Late Thursday afternoon, I was alerted by Old Tappan Police that my mother had been signed out of the facility by two reporters of the National Enquirer … who falsely claimed they were friends of hers.”
She adds: “They then drove my 75-year-old mother around looking for a tabloid story. 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.”
“I intend to take every lawful action against all who were involved or who authorized this despicable act,” Brooke Shields says in a statement.
According to Old Tappan Police Department Capt. Thomas Shine, “It was more along the lines that she had been allowed to leave, based upon their protocol or policy.” “It had been an extended period of time since she left.”
“The part we’re investigating here is who allowed her to leave the facility,” says Shine. “It appears that there were some permissions that were given for Mrs. Shields by the family, be they written, be they verbal – we’re investigating – to allow her visitation for a variety of different reasons.”