October 12, 2010, - 12:46 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Toby Keith’s Illegal Alien Chica – Maid Freed by ICE, Sheriff Under Keith Pressure

By Debbie Schlussel

He’s just come out with a new album and describes himself on magazine covers as an “American patriot” and a “family man.”  In July, he performed at a nationally televised Boston Fourth of July celebration on CBS.  But DebbieSchlussel.com has learned that Toby Keith Covel–the full name of the country singing star who uses the stage name, “Toby Keith”–apparently knowingly employed an illegal alien housekeeper/cook at his Oklahoma home for some time.  The woman is a Mexican national and was previously deported from the United States prior to her apparent employment by Toby Keith.


Moreover, sources say that after the woman was discovered and apprehended by Oklahoma law enforcement authorities, Keith repeatedly phoned from Ireland, yelling, screaming, and whining until the woman was released, even though she was ordered deported and standard procedure would be to lock her up until deportation.  The sources say Keith’s behavior and vehement reaction was that of a man who wasn’t merely the employer of an illegal alien, but someone with whom there was “much more” going on with this woman. And, they say, he got special treatment for his illegal alien chica, with her improper release from the Cleveland County, Oklahoma jail. The events, they say, happened in late 2009 or early 2010. Online records and statements on his own website show that, indeed, Toby Keith was in Ireland in concert and on vacation with his family in November 2009.  Keith is married with three children.

The sources say that the woman was stopped by authorities when she was driving in Cleveland County, Oklahoma near Toby Keith’s home.  She did not have a driver’s license and could not speak English.  The woman allegedly told authorities–through a translator–that she worked for Toby Keith.  The Cleveland County (Oklahoma) Sheriff’s deputies who arrested her, booked her into their jail facility, but she was ultimately released to freedom by Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester (whose opponent in a previous election was backed by Toby Keith). The sources say that, at the time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Oklahoma City were processing the woman for removal from the United States, but they were ordered by their supervisor to release the woman, even though she had previously been deported. A previous deportee is almost never released when caught again. But Toby Keith–a high-dollar donor to the Republican Party and the George W. Bush Presidential campaign–apparently has clout.

Cleveland County jail guards contacted by DebbieSchlussel.com confirmed that they remembered an illegal alien woman who identified herself as Toby Keith’s employee being in their lockup facility and recalled the story, but they said that they could not remember her name because, they said, so many Latino illegal aliens pass through their facility.  Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester allegedly notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention and Removal Operations (DRO–now ERO a/k/a Enforcement and Removal Operations) officials, as is standard operating procedure in such cases.  Sheriff Lester declined repeated requests for comment and/or an interview with DebbieSchlussel.com.

Sources say that upon learning of her apprehension, Toby Keith Covel made angry calls from Ireland to his lawyers, one of Oklahoma’s U.S. Senators, and/or to Sheriff Lester, demanding the woman’s release.  The sources say that Toby Keith put so much heat on the Sheriff and the Senator that ICE DRO subsequently allowed her to be released to “her own custody,” and she was given 90 days to leave the country. The woman was supposed to leave the country in April 2010, but it is unknown whether she, in fact, did voluntarily self-deport and leave the United States. The sources say that, on her deportation papers, the woman is listed as Toby Keith Covel’s “house maid.”

Toby Keith’s representatives–his spokespeople, officials of his ToKeCo, Inc. business, and his official website operators–declined repeated requests for comment, and a well-known entertainer in country music circles confirms that, during a visit to Keith’s Oklahoma home prior to the arrest, a woman who spoke only Spanish was working as his cook.

After initially expressing a desire to answer my questions, Toby Keith’s spokesperson, Elaine Schock of Shock Ink insisted upon seeing my questions in writing, then declined to respond to two requests for comment, both of which contained this exact text:

From: Debbie Schlussel writedebbie@gmail.com

Date: Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Subject: Elaine, Press Inquire re- Toby Keith . ..

To: elaine@shockink.com


I am writing to inquire about the arrest of an illegal alien cook/housekeeper/maid employed by Toby Keith a/k/a Toby Keith Covel, several months ago in Oklahoma. Law enforcement and other sources state that the woman did not speak English and was caught driving without a license in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. Apparently, through an interpreter, the woman stated that she worked for Mr. Covel. I understand that when Toby Keith learned of her arrest, he was in Ireland, got very angry and contacted politicians and members of law enforcement to pressure them to release this woman. She was released. Do you have any comment? Did Mr. Keith file required forms and taxes for her under federal and state tax laws? Is he aware if the woman voluntarily deported herself from the country, as she was supposed to do in April? Or is she still employed by Mr. Keith? I look forward to your response, as my deadline on this is fast approaching.

Debbie Schlussel

ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok told me that ICE no longer responds to questions from media sources, unless they are major media outlets. That, according to him, excludes DebbieSchlussel.com from all ICE comment to the press.

And Keith must have known that some day he’d get caught. Check out how he defended illegal aliens and illegal immigration from Mexico in an interview with CNN, right before his alleged illegal alien Mexican chica was arrested:

CNN: What about illegal aliens?

Keith: That’s a tough one. I’ve been around Mexicans my whole life, and they are wonderful people. They’re very family-oriented, very religious — a lot of them — they have great family values. They’re hard, hard-working people. Somehow we have to secure the border, but it’s not because of the great people who are crossing the border. It’s to protect that border from being infiltrated by radical, extreme terrorists. That’s the only thing I think they need to stop.

Yes, let’s trust frauds like Toby Keith to tell us which illegal aliens “look Mexican” and which ones “look like radical, extreme terrorists.” And no biggie about faux-patriot Keith employing an illegal alien rather than giving the job to one of the many hard-working Americans who waste their money on his albums and make him rich beyond his wildest dreams.

Ironically, the CNN interview is entitled “Toby Keith Isn’t Who You Think He is.”  Indeed, he is not.

A law enforcement source tells DebbieSchlussel.com:

You know damn well that Toby was aware she was an illegal alien, and he was probably [sleeping with] her. Why else would he go to such extremes to employ ad illegal alien and then get her out after she was caught, if he was not having sex with her, too?


Hey, that must be what he means by “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue.”  Remember that, the next time you hear the gazillionth iteration of Toby Keith’s phony patriotism.

It’s ironic that Keith’s most famous song is “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” but apparently when it comes to those he employs, Red, White, and Blue takes a back seat to Latina illegal aliens.  Hmmm . . . the “Angry American” of whom he speaks must be the millions of fans who got suckered by his fraudulent “patriotism” act.

The real “Angry American” shouldn’t be the one in his song lyrics, but the many who bought his snake oil.

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31 Responses

aw, shucks – he jess a good ol’ “cunnry boy” and limousine liberal scumbag.

united states of sharia on October 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

“Winter gettin’ colder, summer gettin’ warmer
Tidal wave comin’ cross the Mexican border”
American Ride Toby Keith

Guess he would know.

duane on October 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Isn’t Toby Keith the “family man” who has a song about smoking weed with Willie Nelson?

I live in Nashville and this is just another sign how country music died about 20 years ago.

We used to have true artists like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, The Carter Family,and so many others who could actually sing.

Now, it’s just MOR pop music with girls who look pretty but can’t sing, Taylor Swift. Or, bland guys who they put a cowboy hat on and call it country.

Jeff W. on October 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Which leads to this question: What would Keith’s position be on Arizona’s SB 1070? (Sounds like he’d take the position of the open-borders extremists and the La Raza/MECHA crowd, given this story.)

ConcernedPatriot on October 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Don’t worry Debbie, Toby and Queen NutMeg Whitman will go on Vannity and do a mea culpa and all will be fine. Hey at least Toby wasn’t as bad as Queen NutMeg. “I don’t know you and you dont know me.” Dog the Bounty Hunter resurrected his career on Vannity.

CaliforniaScreaming on October 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Jeff….couldn’t agree with you more. An anorexic model from Burbank in a cowboy does not the singer make. George Jones? Johnny? Hank Thompson….today is nothing but cute pop-posers.

#1 Vato on October 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Toby Keith has shown us us that patriotism and living it can be completely opposite things. If you carve out an exemption for him, you ARE a hypocrite. A principled conservative wouldn’t enable or condone illegal conduct. Keith is neither principled nor conservative. And we’ve seen his notion of patriotism is to insist his illegal alien maid be placed above our laws.

Some patriot!

NormanF on October 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Yep. Just another example of those fine, wonderful people who brought us George W., and go around preaching morals and such but don’t practice them.

Lee on October 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

What a fraud this Toby Keith is! What a creep.

I love how these frauds on BOTH sides of the political isle continue to hire illiterate hispanic/latino illegals to cook and clean for them. It’s very racist to me to think that Hispanics/Latinos are only good enough to be servants.

When you hire these illiterate illegals, they take away a job from a capable American. I wish the Latino community would wake the eff up and see that they are making themselves into 3rd rate humans by believing all they can do is cook and clean.

I know you guys see what the hell the illegals get away with these days. “Everything Free In America” from “West Side Story” is alive and well. It is disgusting. They get more freebies and stuff than anyone I have ever seen. I am sick of it, but the more namby-pamby we are on the topic, the more they get away with. It is so disgusting. WAKE UP!!!

Skunky on October 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I guess illegal alien outrage dies down the moment the guy’s house needs cleaned. We will never get the damn border sealed with all this double standard crap going on. It means nothing to most congressional leaders of either party and especially President Obama that United States citizens are being killed without fear of reprisal by Mexican pirates and drug cartels.

BernardL on October 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Hummm…condemning without comment from the principles in the matter. Sounds like DebbieSchlussel.com fits the description of major media outlet to me! I love the leap that he was sleeping with her. Yep! You’ve hit major media outlet status!

Patriot: : one who loves his or her country and supports its interests

That’s Toby…even if he does it in a way that doesn’t match your views.

C: Hey, Toby Keith’s groupies and apologists–I knew you’d be here soon. I gave Toby Keith many opportunities to respond/comment. He refused b/c it’s all true and he’s trying to keep it quiet. Facts are stubborn things. Get a clue. Wasn’t my “leap.” It was the law enforcement who are dealing with him that said that. And they know what they are talking about. Why risk your rep on an illegal alien, unless you are sleeping with her? Wake up. DS

Crawfish on October 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Toby Keith isn’t the only one. Your readers should ask each Republican and Tea Party candidate their views on arresting people who hire undocumented workers.

By the way, ever wonder if Vannity hires undocumented workers to clean his large home?

Antoinette on October 13, 2010 at 1:02 am

I won’t argue wheather these new country stars can sing or not since it’s not my usual listening preference and I’m sure they have some talent, but, I do love to hear an old country tune when I’m in the right mood. And here I think the word some seem to overlook is ‘country’ as in old country as in the many old world influences like Irish, French etc. and even African that you can prctically taste when you hear an old country tune.
It seems that since songs like Lynn Anderson’s crossover hit Rose Garden and bands like Poco and the Eagles everyone’s been trying to cross over and doing it a bit too well.
Modern country is nothing but PoP with a drawl and cowboy hat.
Nothing real ‘country’ about it at all.

I notice that the modern country fans actually hate the old stuff and prefer the new phony’s like Toby, who writes songs that mirror those old ‘country’ feelings, not really his own, all for the almighty American dollar.

As for all those “proud to be an American” country tunes,
puhleeeeze!!! …just give me Roger’s
‘RED necks, WHITE Sox and BLUE Ribbon beer’!

theShadow on October 13, 2010 at 1:15 am

Besides the cowboy hat and western drawl I forgot about the old blue jeans, ketchup stained white T-shirt and ‘aw shucks’ good ole’ boy smile,
…along with a little bit of seniorita on the side..si si???
Oh and don’t forget the wireless microphoe. Can’t be a cowboy without the wireless mic.

theShadow on October 13, 2010 at 2:33 am

I don’t understand what Toby Kieth is waiting for, all he has to do is get her pregnant once the child arrives she will be free to stay to take care of the citizen born of the father. I’m quite sure his wife wouldn’t mind.

Anthony on October 13, 2010 at 5:38 am

CaliforniaScreaming, I think your right dude, I bet that Toby Keith is going to go onto Sean “Wallbanger” Hannity’s show sometime this week and NOT mention this illegal-alien story! And speaking of which, since I live in New York, I’m going to email and ask Carl Paladino where he stands on “illegal-immigration”, if he stands strong on illegal aliens in New York, then I’m going to vote for him, if he decides to take the side of illegal aliens, then I’m NOT going to vote for him and I’m NOT going to vote for Andrew Cuomo either, because Cuomo is like Obama and the rest of the far left wing cabal!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on October 13, 2010 at 10:48 am

Oh, it’s better than this Debbie, that is the phony patriotic image of the fat ass Keith. He portrays himself as this “Super Patriot” and yet he toured the country handing flags to the families who have lost loved ones in these present wars in the Middle East. What’s wrong with that you say? Well he conducted this phony patriotic tour with his good buddy Ted Nugent who boasted in no fewer than 3 major publications to urinating and defecating in his jockeys for a week before reporting for his draft board physical. Keith should have been kicked in the gonads for that stunt and Nugent needs a damn baseball bat wacked along side that yellow belly skull of his for that stunt. Keith also dragged the piece of shit Nugent on a USO tour and had the audacity of putting him in the presence of our troops. “Birds of a Feather, Keith…you’re a piece of shit too.

pitman on October 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Gave up on Toby Keith a few years ago when he opened his concert with the “Down in Mexico” song with a huge neon MEXICO sign across the stage. This is during the time when his “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” was on the radio all the time. This story now makes sense of the concert.

alex on October 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Oh please! Are you serious? How do you jump right to the “he must be sleeping with her” status. Just because he does not want to discuss this with YOU. I wouldn’t either! Perhaps she has been a “member” of his household for many many years and they are ALL very close to her. Did you happen to get the ladies AGE?? LOL I didn’t think so, since you didn’t post it.

If you knew the Cleveland County Sheriff department like we do, you would know that they would do or say about anything to get their 2 mins of fame. It sure isn’t doing any work.

Give it a break! Toby is a wonderful dad, great husband and we are proud to have him in our community. The media should try looking for something good to post instead of wasting their time digging for dirt that isn’t there!

gingermax on December 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

As someone who’s known Toby since before he became who he is today I can tell you there’s nothing phony about the guy. He’ll tell you just what he thinks and not what he thinks you want to hear. Too many are wiling to judge him yet not many want to walk in his shoes because of the stress and pressure. Anybody who feels they can do better I dare you to come forward and try. Many of you wouldn’t last a New York minute. So give me and those who truly appreciate him a break.

Bj on January 1, 2011 at 5:05 am

What a family man. Slept with my girlfriend after his show in Scranton, PA. Dirt bag. Don’t come back to Scranton. Y

Joe blow on July 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Hey Joe Blow,
    Why do guys always get pissed at other guys for what did GUS on LONESOME DOVE call “A poke” on their GF or Wife! I believe Joe Blow you need to look at the WOMAN or you ain’t taken care of BUSINESS at home ? So why is she looking ? Be happy he nailed it for you, Courtesy of the RED WHITE & BLUE! You all can talk SHIT all you want and RIDE the Emotional Roller Coaster of Journalism all you want to., Toby is a PATRIOT, and a good Guy ! He served this country through the USO and Brought The Spirit of America back to our Troops ! What ahve you all done but BITCH !

    Bobby on January 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

Well, maybe, Toby just needs to run for President. I’d vote for him. This is no worse than having a president that was tied to the Black panthers, lost his attorney license, excuse me, gave them up before he lost them, refuses to produce his “true” birth certificate and still spending money we are paying. Toby has done a lot for this country and is dedicated to the military. If the story is true, so What!!!!! He’s done nothing worse than every other politician or president. Get off of Toby ass and worry about the ones that matter. I agree with Bobby, Toby is a Patriot and I will follow him and buy every CD he produces. I don’t care. If he used his clout so what. Do you think he is the only person that gave to someone’s campaign and didn’t use that if needed be. Leave him alone……at least he’s not spending “your” money. Fuss about someone that really deserves it.

Charlotte on March 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

At least, Toby didn’t hold his father’s death against illegal aliens if he still had the cook employed. Wait, I guess the next thing I hear is Toby won his cook as a part of the settlement. This whole mess is crazy. Toby is the MAN!!!!!!

PURCELL, Oklahoma (AP) — Toby Keith, his mother and his siblings have been awarded US$2.8 million in damages in the 2001 collision that killed the country music star’s father.
A jury returned the verdict against Elias Rodriguez and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co.

According to evidence presented at trial, a charter bus owned by the Rodriguezes was “in urgent need” of brake repairs before H.K. Covel was killed in the March 2001 accident on Interstate 35, said attorney Greg Dixon, who represented Keith’s family.

The Rodriguezes had been advised of the brake problem before Covel’s truck crossed the center median and struck the bus, he said.

The family initially suspected Covel suffered a medical condition that caused the truck to veer out of control. It later learned another vehicle had bumped the truck and filed a wrongful death lawsuit to clear Covel’s name, Dixon said.

The verdict was returned last week. “The jury found no fault on the part of Mr. Covel in the wreck that claimed his life,” Dixon said.

The plaintiffs, wife Carolyn Covel, daughter Tonni Covel and sons Toby Keith Covel and Tracey Covel, alleged that H.K. Covel would not have died if the bus had been equipped with properly working air brakes.

Charlotte on March 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Going through the comments and reading how quick people are into going to conclusions especially the media. I appreciate the help this man gave to me and my family, he has my complete respect. God bless you Toby and your family.

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