Report On Kristofferson & Keith Flap Turns Out To Be False
April 6, 2009 at 7:32 AM (PT)
A story that started in ROLLING STONE may not have much truth to it, after all. As ALL ACCESS told you FRIDAY (NET NEWS 4/3), actor/director and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON fan ETHAN HAWKE penned an article in the publication detailing a war of words between KRISTOFFERSON and a certain Country artist. Although he did not mention him specifically by name, it was clear that he was talking about TOBY KEITH.
The argument was reported to have happened backstage at a WILLIE NELSON birthday bash in 2003, but now, TODAY's (4/6) TENNESSEAN is reporting that both parties involved are denying the confrontation ever happened.
Following the ROLLING STONE article's publication, KRIS wrote a letter to the magazine that he later sent to the TENNESSEAN. The letter said:
"I'm deeply grateful and was profoundly moved by ETHAN HAWKE's generous and respectful story about me. I have to say, though, I have no memory of talking so tough to anyone at WILLIE's birthday party -- least of all to TOBY KEITH, (if that's who the nameless star is), for whom I have nothing but admiration and respect. Contrary to what the college classmate said, I never was president of any class in college, or on the debating team, writing club, or played baseball. I hated politics and never ran for anything."
TENNESSEAN writer PETER COOPER covered the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) AWARDS in LAS VEGAS this weekend (4/4-4/5) and spoke to people who attended the 2003 WILLIE concert that night. They said the incident had not occurred. TOBY's publicist claimed no one in his camp had been contacted prior to the article being published and that TOBY was shocked by the story; KEITH says that he and KRIS did not even meet that night.
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