Journey Guitarist Considering Legal Action Over Nude Photo
December 15, 2011
On Wednesday, TheDirty.com released a nude self-portrait of Journey guitarist Neal Schon that was reportedly taken two years ago. The website also reported that Schon sent the image to a married woman via Facebook, putting a major strain on his relationship with The Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi when she found out.
But according to Schon’s reps, the story is much more complicated: “Neal has received menacing texts messages over the past couple weeks from a person he has never met, telling him that he was in possession of Neal’s stolen phone and threatening to release the photos. Apparently this person decided to carry out his threats.”
But Schon isn’t taking the invasion on his privacy laying down. His rep confirms that he has hired counsel and is “taking immediate legal action against all parties involved in this matter.” The rep also makes it clear that the photo has not at all derailed the relationship between Schon and Salahi, the PDA pair are still going strong.
“It is sad that ex-girlfriends, ex-wives and ex-husbands cannot move on with their lives and are apparently using every effort to squeeze money out of Neal purely out of jealousy and greed,” the rep continued. “As a note to their fans, Neal and Michaele are doing great and are very much in love.”
Neal Schon later deleted his Facebook account due to the fact that his girlfriend Michaele Salahi was unhappy about the situation.