Keith livid about Rolling Stone story by Hawke

Las Vegas_Ethan Hawke might want to avoid crossing paths with Oklahoman Toby Keith in the near future.  The country music star lit into the actor for an article Hawke wrote in the new issue of Rolling Stone about Kris Kristofferson.

In the article Hawke refers to a blowup Kristofferson had with an unnamed country star back in 2003 that sounds a lot Toby Keith.  It says the blowup was backstage at a tribute concert for Willie Nelson's 70th birthday. It describes a country singer who had a hit about "bombing america's enemies back into the stone age.''

In 2002 Keith had the song "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)'' which threatened retribution for the 9/11 attacks.  Keith was furious backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards and says the article isn't true and called it "a fictitious (expletive) lie.''

Kristofferson issued a statement saying he didn't remember the alleged incident.  A spokeswoman for Hawke did not immediately return a message seeking comment. A Rolling Stone spokeswoman says the magazine fully stands by the story and Hawke's reporting.

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