06/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Brooke Shields: National Enquirer Checked My Mother Out Of Her Nursing Home

Brooke Shields's mother, who suffers from dementia, was checked out of a New Jersey nursing home Thursday by a journalist seeking a "tabloid story," the outraged actress tells PEOPLE.

Teri Shields, 75, was later found unharmed at a restaurant next door to an assisted living center in Old Tappan, N.J., talking to a freelance reporter, according to police, who say no arrests have been made but the case remains under investigation.

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