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Dolly Parton gun claim

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Dolly Parton gun claim

Dolly Parton once pulled a gun on a man who mistook her for a prostitute.

The 70-year-old singer was "propositioned" by a man while walking in New York with a female pal, but when she showed him the weapon she kept concealed in her bag, he quickly left them alone.

She is quoted by National Enquirer magazine as saying: "I was in New York walking with a girlfriend when some man came on to us.

"He thought we were hookers I guess, and he propositioned us. Well, I stuck my hand in my bag, pulled out my gun, pointed it at him and told him if he didn't take a hike I'd turn him into a soprano.

"He left us alone right quickly after that."

The '9 to 5' hitmaker - who is married to Carl Dean - learned how to use a firearm after receiving death threats from a strange man in Kentucky several years ago.

And he isn't the only person to have threatened her life, as she was reportedly also targeted because of the "gay days" that were staged at her Dollywood theme park in Tennessee until 2009, when organiser Ryan Salyer ended the event after numerous threats from the Ku Klux Klan, who also staged a protest there in 2004.

A source said of the threats: "Dolly has now been targeted by the KKK for more than 10 years. She's a Christian, but she marches to her own beat and says she isn't in the business of judging anyone.

"Dolly won't back down on what she believes in, but she's gotten weird letters from some unhinged people that have really unnerved her.

"She feels like she's got a bulls-eye on her back."