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LeAnn Rimes

I Was NOT DRUNK

12/20/2012 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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121.

Tina    

"I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."

I don't think it was Carly having troubles with the song, Carly saved Leann's ass.

Drunk or not, that was awful!

636 days ago
122.

Turk182    

Still blaming her problems on other people, even when it's a 13 yr old girl! Stay classy LeAnn!

636 days ago
123.

Tina    

"I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."

I don't think it was Carly having troubles with the song. Carly saved Leann's ass!

Drunk or not, horrible performance.

636 days ago
124.

Penny    

OOHHH NOOOOO, Le Ann was the one having a problem singing the song. It was so bad! Carly got shanghied by being paired up with someone who is definately going off the rails of the crazy train. She will end up just like Whitney Houstan if she doesn't get a hold of her problems and get her life back on track.

636 days ago
125.

Kara    

Pretty sure it was her having trouble with the song..not Carly. She was either drunk or on drugs. She ruined Carly's performance!!!! Carly would have done amazing by HERSELF

636 days ago
126.

Sir Boo    

Her facial expressions look like she was in horrible pain while trying to belt out the song.

636 days ago
127.

STFUP    

That lying, skank skeleton is LYING! She was SO wasted in that video. Perhaps not booze, but she WAS on something for sure.

636 days ago
128.

Stacy    

Wow, not only is she a husband knabber. She blames little girls for her own behavior?!...Wow, Why didn't she just own it and say, "Ya, I bombed but I wasn't bombed." Geesh...her moral compass must have been dropped when she started drinking the celebrity kool-aid...

636 days ago
129.

cindy    

It was sick...leanne sounded and acted horrible. I felt sooo sorry fir carly who always sounds great. Leanne needs. Major help. And yhey need yo get rid of demi n brittany

636 days ago
130.

Selena    

Drunk or not, Carly Rose sang that song far better than LeAnn did. When LeAnn first started singing it, I wondered why it was sounding so awful and couldn't wait for Carly Rose to start up again.
I remember thinking...I hope LeAnn didn't just lose $5 million dollars for that young gir.

636 days ago
131.

Majestik    

My only hope is that Carly Rose has someone in her camp that is looking up and showing her comments that are hitting the internet so she knows she did absolutely nothing wrong. Can you imagine how devastating this has to be for that little girl who was a HUGE fan of LeAnn's to be her excuse today for a terrible performance? I only hope the rest of America who goes and votes, thinks the same way and doesn't make Carly Rose pay for LeAnn's god awful appearance.

636 days ago
132.

Gislaine    

Leann Rimes did not want to sound better than a thirteen years old girl. People should stop judging others and start taking care of their own lives.Why people have to be so evil? She has been doing this for a quit while. She knows what she is doing. Let's embrace each other.

636 days ago
133.

luv_it    

Carly chances of winning this went from100% chance too zero. She's been giving great performances until her unstable mentor Brittany called her screwed up even more unstable friend LezAnn to try to help this little girl. She messed up her chance and Carly sings better than that crack head. Thanks Brittany!! She needs to leave the show too. She always looks like she's scared and is sooo boring.

636 days ago
134.

Pink    

Well I guess that skeletor body can't support that big bobblehead, that's why you where falling all over the stage, chile plzzzz gain some dammm weight and you know you are pulling a lohan ya azz was drunk.

636 days ago
135.

DanaS    

Calling out TMZ LeAnn says she gave no statement so how could she have told you TMZ anything?

636 days ago
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