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LeAnn Rimes

I Was NOT DRUNK

12/20/2012 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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LeAnn Rimes tells TMZ ... she was NOT drunk when she performed on "X Factor" Wednesday night, contrary to LOTS of speculation.
 
LeAnn says she was in no way impaired, and any awkwardness was because "I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."

LeAnn believes Carly Rose Sonenclar was very nervous and had difficulty with some of the notes and she was doing her best to help her get through it. 

LeAnn's lawyer, Larry Stein, who spoke with LeAnn a few minutes ago, tells TMZ "LeAnn was not performing the way she would normally perform, because she was on stage with a young girl."

LeAnn says she does not understand why people believe she was drunk. Stein has a theory:  "There have been a lot of untrue things said by others and it feeds into this sort of thing."

One mystery remains -- we found out LeAnn made a plate of food backstage and spilled it everywhere. Stein told us he didn't know anything about that, but LeAnn insists she was stone cold sober.

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milly5    

My speakers are not working at this moment I did see video of her singing w/ Carly but no sound AND let me tell you even a deaf person can see she ----ed up. I did not know who to feel sorry for her or that lil girl...

639 days ago
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John T.    

LOL that girl can out sing you any day of the week plastic faced with your implants, loser. I hope everyone boycotts you after what you did to that woman on twitter. You are sick and need help lady.Your a has been and everyone knows it but you. Plain nasty personality.

639 days ago
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G-Das    

Not only was LeAnn impaired, she interrupted the song to make an inappropriate comment as she struggled with 3 well lit steps. She then started riffing, obviously unrehearsed and off key. The only pro on stage was Carly who first deferred to LeAnn out of respect and then, when she knew LeAnn was interferring with her chance to win, must have thought "screw it, i want to win" and cut loose, singing circles around LeAnn. Hope all saw Carly for the true, natural, perfect pitched pro she is. Hope you win Carly!!! You earned it!

639 days ago
49.

Hamsterfist    

How come everybody but her knows she was plastered. Carly Rose looked very composed and sounded great. Who (but a drunk) blames a 13 year old girl. She should blame Old Milwaukees Best Light not a defensless lil girl. What a skank!

639 days ago
50.

Laura    

She needs her attorney to say she was sober? And aren't attorneys paid to say their client didn't do anything wrong? LeAnn needs to stay away from cameras for awhile, get her breakdown over with, and then come back to the limelight.

639 days ago
51.

kimber    

Is this woman serious? That 13 yr old was amazing, until LeAnn opened her mouth...then Carly stared at her multiple times, as in WTF is going on with this old lady?! LeAnn is on the verge of losing everything/one that she stole! She puts the train in train wreck. So sad how all these talented people are so f*cking nuts!!!

639 days ago
52.

kronenburg    

Keep it classy, Mrs. Cibrian, by throwing a young up and comer under the bus.

If your performance was "different" because you were so unselfishly helping out this girl, how does that explain the huge screw up you made when you first walked out on stage, before the girl even started singing?

639 days ago
53.

Danielle123    

She said she was trying to help CARLY ROSE SONENCLAR with the song? She's joking right? Their voices did not mix well together and at times Leanne sounded horrible. The thing was that it was as if they never rehearsed together. You could see them signaling to each other when to start singing certain parts. Just weird and horrible all around.

639 days ago
54.

HAHAHA    

Ohh well since her lawyer said it that means it must be true!

639 days ago
55.

BAnn12     

In no way shape or form did Carly have issues with the song she was doing a fantastic job before LeAnn came out and made this little girl look bad... LeAnn had the issues with her own song... Give me a break LeAnn was high on something!!!

639 days ago
56.

HAHAHA    

Ohh well since her lawrer said it, it must be true!

639 days ago
57.

Danielle123    

I can't even believe she's blaming this 13 year old girl for the atrocity that was her performance. Exit stage left Leanne and don't come back.

639 days ago
58.

tamara    

It just seems like 2 people who never sang together before and have different styles of singing. I don't understand why the big deal.

639 days ago
59.

DC22    

This is so crazy to me. Once again, she's handling the situation terribly. Sure, we can tell the situation was awkward and maybe the song should not be sung as a duet--it's pretty low to imply that Carly was the one having "trouble" with the song. Carly has been one to stand out this entire season without any issues and had to deal with LeAnn being a trainwreck on stage! Sad. I know the media has not been kind to LeAnn, but these comments she makes show how big her ego is. Everyone can see by that video LeAnn was trying to over power the performance--Poor Carly!

639 days ago
60.

Morticia Cowghoul    

Oh. Ok. So she was sober. The excuse for that performance is that she is just mental and felt threatened by that young girls youth and success....imho....I mean....helping the young girl out w/ some of the notes. I'm not buying it. I used to work in a honky tonk here in Austin TExas back when LeAnn got real famous and there were all sorts of scandalous stories about how she was NOT SO INNOCENT as she portrayed herself to be.......and some of this stuff happened when she was JAIL BAIT. yep. That pathetic wretch has some serious issues.

639 days ago
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