Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley Blast Tabloid's "Vicious Lies" Over Daughter's Hospitalization

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley Blast Tabloid's "Vicious Lies" Over Daughter's Hospitalization

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NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Alexa Ray Joel and her mother Christie Brinkley attend the 6th annual Wayuu Taya Foundation gala at Stephen Weiss Studio on June 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alexa Ray Joel;Christie Brinkley

Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley offered a strong rebuttal to tabloid rumors about the hospitalization of their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, to Access Hollywood on Wednesday.

In a statement exclusive to Access, the former couple blasted a New York Post story alleging that a "dysfunctional family getaway" with Christie preceded Alexa Ray's apparent suicide attempt over the weekend.

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"Every parent can imagine the pain and anguish we face as parents of a daughter who is working to recover from the dangerous actions she took while suffering a devastating heartbreak," they began in the statement. "As much as we hate dignifying tabloid stories with a response, we feel we must set the record straight to protect our family.

"The story that ran in the New York Post on December 8th, and has been subsequently spread across the Internet, is filled with vicious lies and attempts to smear our character and that of our beloved daughter," they continued.

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They then attacked the credibility of the Post.

"We ask the public and legitimate media outlets to please 'consider the source' and to not further exacerbate our daughter's situation by repeating and legitimizing these false reports," they concluded.

As previously reported, a female caller, believed to be Alexa Ray herself, told a 911 dispatcher over the weekend she "took eight pills," and also said she wanted "to die," an FDNY spokesperson told Access on Monday. Alexa landed in the hospital on Saturday afternoon and was released later that evening.

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