Okay, I'm getting more and more turned around and confused with this whole John Rich/Jared Ashley soap opera. I've reported on it several times on the radio and talked about it here on the site a few times and I'm more confused now than I was when I first got all the legal papers, video, and voice mail in my inbox.
Truth be told, I had gotten the email with all the information like three or four days before I ever posted about it on the site. I read it and reread everything several times and debated about whether to get involved or not. I finally just said screw it and posted the information. Then a radio station in Florida took the information I had posted on my site here, posted it to their site (which still irritates me) and used the information contained in the police report to call Jared Ashley and interview him. Now his interview from that radio station is the main reason John Rich filed suit against Jared on Monday and I must say that I feel horrible.
I never meant any harm by posting the stuff I got in my email and in fact almost didn't post it because it was a legal issue and really, who wants to get involved in that? But in the end I thought it was interesting and went against my gut reaction and posted it anyway.
What a mess it's all turned into. Sure, this may have all happened with or without my original blog post, but maybe it wouldn't have. Now I feel hella guilty. And come to find out, a lot of the stuff I thought I was reading correctly from the legal papers, police report, etc. I may have actually understood incorrectly and so have probably been talking about half-truths on the radio. Again I was just trying to bring something I found interesting to the masses, but now I'm feeling a little bad about that.
A reader pointed out this link here that has the new lawsuit papers filed by John Rich on Monday and I must say that the article the site posted explains things a lot more clearly than anything I've read up-to-date. You really should check it out if you're as confused as I am about everything.
I guess maybe the lesson learned is I should stick to the fluff and innocent gossip and leave the legal mumbo jumbo to the lawyers and cops and TMZ. Who knew that getting a scoop could end up being such a mess? Makes me wonder if Perez Hilton or TMZ have ever felt guilty about stuff they've posted.
Update: A few readers have emailed to give me words of encouragement and I so totally appreciate it, those of you that have written really can't know how much it means to me. You guys really do rock!
Just to let you know, I'm now past my earlier feelings of guilt. This post I wrote earlier was just me expressing some of my self-doubt...self-doubt happens a lot to me. This just really ended up being an odd day. I think the main problem I was having wasn't the fact that I had posted legal stuff on my site or that I had talked about it on the radio, it was more the fact that for the first time since I started writing this blog I came to realize that what I write can actually impact a star's life. That's a strange feeling when you live in podunk Idaho. I've never really taken myself serious on the site because I'm just here to have fun and entertain and so I've never really considered anything I've done as meaning anything to the stars I write about. I mean I'm Shannon from Idaho, why would Taylor or Tim McGraw or John Rich care what I have to say? Well then when I read the legal papers that John Rich filed on Monday and realized that it was directly linked to the radio interview Jared Ashley did and that that radio station got their information from information that was on my site, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Something that was happening in a celebrity's life today could be directly traced back to something I had written about in the very recent past. Had I not posted that information, then what was happening today may very well have not happened. That's an odd feeling.
I'm not going to change what I do here on the site and I'm not going to alter how I do it, I'm just going to be more aware of the fact that there are more people than just my family and friends reading the site. I guess self-awareness is a good thing to have.