E! Online is responding to claims made by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department that the news outlet obtained Christina Aguilera's mug shot by unconventional methods.
E! publicist John Rizzotti explains in a statement to RumorFix:
"The footage, which included a picture of Christina Aguilera, was shot at a public press conference this morning where the media was invited to cover her arrest. It was shot in full accordance with the law and proper reporting procedures."
This is a far cry from Sheriff's Department spokesmen Steve Whitmore who tells RumorFix the mug shot "was surreptitiously stolen."
According to Whitmore, "[E!] ran over and took a shot even though they said they weren't going to run it and they did. [The mug shot is] not being released. E! did something that was inexcusable. They said they weren't going to do something and they did it."
While the Sheriff's Department and the staff of E! may not be having drinks anytime soon, the real loser here is Christina Aguilera whose mug shot is plastered all over the Internet for getting a ride home while intoxicated.
Stay classy E!