Brooke Shields alleges that her mother Teri was checked out of her nursing home by the National Enquirer looking for a story. Teri suffers from dementia.
Shields's mother was found at a restaurant next to the senior's home in Old Tappan, New Jersey Thursday. The police alerted Brooke Shields that two reporters posing as friends to her mother, 75, had signed her out of the care center.
Yahoo Canada reports:
"I intend to take every lawful action against all who were involved or who authorized this despicable act," Brooke said in a statement to People.
"For her safety, she has temporarily been in a senior living facility, a very difficult decision for me," the star continued. "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."
Old Tappan Police Department Captain Thomas Shine has said that Teri was not harmed.
The nursing home is investigating who on the staff allowed for Shield's mother to leave the facility. There is speculation that permissions may have been given for her to leave by a member of the Shields family.
The National Enquirer says that the freelance journalist involved in this case has been a friend of Teri's for ten years. The reporter is not employed by the magazine but has often worked for them. They allege that Teri asked the journalist to take her out to lunch and to run some errands with her.
The New York Daily News reports:
Teri has long considered this reporter a friend," the National Enquirer said in a story posted on its Web site.
"At no point did the facility, which had given its permission for the outing, contend that there had been any wrongdoing in a situation where two people who had known each for more than a decade."
Shields is livid that her mother was allowed to leave the center with the journalist.
No charges have yet been filed in this case.