Britney Spears-Jason Trawick tapegate: It's all fake, Spears says
The brouhaha started with Star magazine publishing a story claiming that Trawick had been physically abusive to Spears "on multiple occasions." The mag's primary source is Britney's former husband (of two days) Jason Alexander, who, according to the Star, passed a polygraph test about his claims. RadarOnline -- which is owned by the same parent company as the Star -- has posted audio of purported phone conversations between Alexander and Spears in which she tells him about the alleged abuse.
Except, Spears and her people say, nothing in Star and Radar stories is true. In a statement on her official site, Team Spears says the following:
"Every aspect of the story published by Star Magazine is completely and utterly false and Star Magazine was informed of the falsity of this story before it was published. The statements attributed to Jason Alexander are a complete fabrication, as Britney has not had any form of communication with Mr. Alexander in years. The audio recording posted on RadarOnline this morning purporting to be between Britney Spears and Jason Alexander is so obviously fake as to be laughable. Suffice it to say, that Jason Trawick has never laid a hand on Britney. This is just another example of the irresponsible nature of the tabloid media relying on shoddy sources and false information for the sole purpose of selling magazines, without regard to the truth and without regard to who they hurt in the process. These irresponsible statements are defamatory and Britney Spears' legal team will be taking legal action against all of the appropriate parties."
Radar rival TMZ, meanwhile, had a forensic audio expert analyze the recordings, and his conclusion is that they're not real.
In terms of keeping the story in the news all day, though? Mission accomplished on all fronts.