Anthony Riley.

Tyler Golden, NBC

Now we know the real REAL reason Philly native Anthony Riley left “The Voice.”


His lawyer tells that the"merdical issues" cited early this week were actually substance abuse-related.

“He did have a significant performance-based anxiety out there under the spotlight,” lawyer Evan Shingles said of the former street performer.


“And he turned to drugs to self-medicate. That trended into abuse.”

Producers of The Voicesent Riley “on their own dime” to a Pennsylvania rehabilitation facility before the show even aired, Shingles reveals.

After a two-week stay, “he went back [to Los Angeles] for the premiere.”

“Thereafter, he left the show,” he told

Shingles insists Riley was not fired, as former assistant Christopher Mapp reportedly claimed.

When Riley dropped out of the show, he told Steubenville, Ohio’s WTOV9: “Unfortunately, I will be unable to continue my journey on ‘The Voice’ for season 8 due to medical reasons. Any other rumors are just that.”

He's still performing, Shingles said, and has a show this weekend in the Ohio Valley.

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