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Monday
Aug272012

Pink Reveals She Overdosed in 1995

VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Pink’s been a star since the year 2000, but if things had gone a bit differently, she may not have even lived to see the turn of the millennium.

In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, Pink is asked why she wanted to play a sex addict in the upcoming movie Thanks for Sharing.  She replies, “Because I understand addiction.  I was a hardcore partyer from 12 to 15.”

She goes on to say how she was “on all the club drugs,” and “selling Ecstasy and crystal meth and Special K.”

Finally, though, she got a major wake-up call that made her change her life.

“I overdosed in ’95,” she tells EW.  “And then I never took drugs again, ever.”

Now Pink says she sticks to safer addictions, like shoes, and buying clothes for her daughter, Willow. 

“I’m in so much trouble with [my husband] Carey for the s**t I buy for her,” she tells EW.  “Because a one-year-old shouldn’t have Diesel jeans.  But it tends to slip my mind when I see them because they’re so cute.”

Pink says she’ll stop buying Willow designer clothes when “she’s old enough to know they’re Diesel jeans.”  But until then, she laughs, “She’s going to look f**kin’ awesome.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun292012

Do "Weeds" Stars Dig Weed?

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The Showtime hit Weeds is going up in smoke. The series premiere this Sunday, July 1, will mark the show’s eighth and final season.

“Weeds” had its dramedy debut in 2005, helping to boost the careers of actors Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould, along with its leading lady, Mary-Louise Parker. The show established itself as an outstanding comedy and earned Parker a Best Actress Golden Globe for her role as the marijuana-selling mom, Nancy Botwin.

With the show going into its last season, we were curious where its stars stood on the controversial topic of toking up or keeping clean.

Here is what they’ve said:

Mary-Louise Parker:  Mary-Louise Parker didn’t try pot until she was 45, according to Vanity Fair. And even then, she claims she didn’t smoke it; she licked a pot-laced lollipop once to cure her nausea when she was sick.  But Parker claims the lollipop experiment left her unimpressed.

“My entire life, I never wanted anything to do with marijuana. So when I was sick, I was like, ‘What the hell?’ I was actually kind of excited about it. I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m 45 and I’m having my first pot experience!’

Hunter Parrish: 
Hunter Parrish says he has indeed tried pot. But it was only after his stint in the lead role of  the Broadway musical Spring Awakening ended, leaving him in what he calls a “very dark place” in his life.

He told the New York Post, “I have smoked. I’m not a fan. I like to be in control. It’s something that makes me feel out of control.”

Kevin Nealon:  Kevin Nealon claims to not partake in pot.

Nealon spoke with the Santa Barbara Independent about his awkward encounters with fans who refuse to believe he’s not the pot-smoking accountant he portrays on the show.  He said, “When I tell them that I, Kevin Nealon, do not personally smoke marijuana, they usually wink and say, ‘That’s cool, man. Neither do we, you know, if anyone’s asking.’”

Justin Kirk:  Justin Kirk doesn’t hide the fact he’s no stranger to the pot world.

The 36-year-old actor laughs, telling Scripps News, “I guess you could say that marijuana is paying my rent these days,” referring to his pot-selling character, Andy Botwin. “Used to be a time when pot used to take away from my rent.”

Elizabeth Perkins:  Elizabeth Perkins openly says she is 100 percent  pro-legalization.

Perkins cleared the air with Zap2it saying, “I think it is crazy that it is illegal, and I think it is crazy that people are in jail once they get busted with small amounts of marijuana. I am so pro-legalized marijuana because I just don’t see it as that dangerous of a narcotic. I don’t think that means high school students should be able to do bong hits whenever they want to. I do think (adults) should be able to do what they want in the privacy of their own home with an herb that grows in the backyard.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr242012

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Depression, Hollywood Drug Scene

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LONDON) -- Demi Lovato shines on stage and on screen with a big smile and down home charm that catapulted her to stardom in her early teens, but the former Disney star’s life has recently been filled with challenges.

At 20-years-old, the singer and actress has battled depression and a stint in rehab. And in an interview with Fabulous, a British magazine, she talks about her experience with drugs and what happens behinds the scenes in Hollywood.

“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs,” she said in the interview. “They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there.”

While she wouldn’t give specifics about her downward spiral, she touched on how she felt.

“What I can say is that I was depressed,” she told the magazine. “I would come off stage in front of 18,000 people and suddenly be alone in a hotel room. I’d come crashing down and would try to find a way to recreate that feeling, to stay up.”

She also talked cutting herself, saying: “You do it because you feel so bad inside. You don’t know how to take it out other than on yourself.”

And Lovato, who has a history of being bullied, has also suffered an eating disorder. She told Fabulous that she isn’t over her body image issues, and said she wasn’t ready to start acting again.

“I need to be secure in my body before I go back in front of the camera,” she told Fabulous. “Anyone in recovery from an eating disorder would find that triggering, and I’m not ready.”

The story of drugs and Tinseltown’s brightest stars is not new. Many idols, especially those who were child stars, have been overcome by the destructive lifestyle.

For Lovato, an Albuquerque native, the pitfalls of such a life were too much.

“I thought I was having fun,” she said. “Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no’. That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”

In 2010, Lovato checked into Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center. In an interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts last year, she talked about the experience.

“I guess my darkest period was going into treatment for that first 48 hours and not having any communication with the outside world,” she said.

After three months of in-patient treatment away from Hollywood, Lovato learned to manage her emotions.

“I’m learning how to cope with issues, and cope with urges, and things like that, in healthy ways,” she told Roberts.

“Like, I’ve picked up knitting. I like, who would ever thought that, like, I knit on a Saturday night, like. Watching TV.  I totally do. I’m a knitter,” she said, laughing.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb022012

Exclusive: Leslie Carter Overdosed

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Leslie Carter suffered from an overdose and was under the influence of several drugs before her death, according to the incident report from New York officials who responded to a 911 call from her home on Tuesday.

The report lists three drugs that were found at the residence: Olanzapine, used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, and Alprazolam used to treat anxiety or panic disorders, commonly known as Xanax.

The report reveals that Ginger Carter, Leslie's half-sister, told authorities that Leslie had, "a long history of mental illness and was on medication for her depression." Ginger said that Leslie seemed depressed the morning of Jan. 30 and fell in the shower. Ginger helped Leslie lie down and periodically checked in on her. Late in the afternoon, she discovered that Leslie was not breathing. Robert Carter, Leslie's father, tried to perform CPR on her. They then called 911.

Leslie's official cause of death will be determined after the Chautauqua County coroner's office receives toxicology reports in four to six weeks. Her family will decide whether or not to release her cause of death publicly.

Meanwhile, preparations for her funeral are underway. She will be buried in western New York next week, coroner Richard Mackowiak told ABC News.

Carter, the sister of Backstreet Boy band member Nick Carter and singer Aaron Carter, died Tuesday in New York. She was 25. She leaves behind her husband of three years, Mike Ashton, and a 10-month-old daughter, Allysa Jane.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan132012

Former CSI Actor Gary Dourdan Fined $100 in Drug Case

Joe Kohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Former CSI actor Gary Dourdan pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of disturbing the peace in connection with an incident last June in which he struck a couple of parked cars in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.com. Prosecutors say an OxyContin possession charge was dismissed because he completed 20 hours of Narcotics Anonymous. Dourdan was fined 100 dollars.

Dourdan has found himself on the wrong side of the law a few times in recent years. In 2008, he was arrested in Palm Springs, Calif., after police said they found him asleep in a car. He later pleaded guilty to cocaine and Ecstasy possession. Last fall, Dourdan was arrested for allegedly breaking his former girlfriend's nose.

Dourdan's character on CSI, Warrick Brown, was killed off in 2008.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct192011

Soulja Boy Locked Up; Hit with Felony Drug, Gun Possession Charges

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(ATLANTA) -- Soulja Boy tweeted that Tuesday would be "BUSY AND HUGE VERY HISTORICAL" because of his Soulja Boy: The Movie DVD release, but the 21-year-old rapper found himself in jail instead.  He and four others were arrested early Tuesday morning in Temple, Ga., after an alleged traffic violation caught the eye of police, leading to the discovery of "a lot of marijuana" in the Cadillac Escalade in which the group was riding.

A spokesman for Temple police tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that cash and guns were also found in the vehicle.  Published reports say investigators are trying to determine whether the men had proper licenses for the firearms.

Officers took Soulja -- born DeAndre Cortez Way -- and the others, including a hired driver, to Carrol County jail on charges of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  Billboard reports that police denied a TMZ report based on a source's claim that the cash and drugs found in the car were valued at around $70,000.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep272011

Michael Jackson Death Trial: Prosecutors Show Death Photo

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A photo of Michael Jackson lying dead in a hospital bed was shown in a courtroom Tuesday and jurors heard an audio tape of a drugged Jackson slurring his words so badly that he was barely understandable.

The photo and the audio were part of the opening statement prosecutors made at the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the self-crowned King of Pop.

Attorney David Walgren showed a photo of Jackson dancing at the Staples Center the night before he overdosed on propofol and put the picture side by side with a picture of Jackson lying lifeless in a hospital bed wearing a hospital gown.

"What happened between that time and approximate 12 hours later when Michael Jackson is dead on June 25, 2009?" Walgren asked. "What you will learn through the evidence is that what happened during that time frame is that the acts and omissions of Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, directly led to his premature death at the age of 50."

[LISTEN TO MICHAEL JACKSON'S DRUGGED VOICE RECORDING]

Murray, 58, could face four years in prison and lose his medical license. Throughout the opening statement, prosecutors attacked Murray's medical skills, saying he showed gross negligence in his treatment of Jackson.

Prosecutors played a recording of a drugged Jackson. The recording had been made on Murray's iPhone on May 10, 2009, a little more than a month before Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

Jackson's voice is nearly unrecognizable as he stumbles and talks slowly about the impact he hopes his "This Is It" Tour will have. Jackson was preparing for the 50-night grueling comeback tour at the time of his death.

"We have to be phenomenal...when people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life.' Go. Go. 'I've never seen nothing like this.' Go. 'It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world,'" he mumbles.

"I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital the biggest in the world. Michael Jackson's Children's Hospital," Jackson says in the recording.

The prosecutor also said that the upcoming tour was important to Jackson because it would be the first time that his children would see him perform.

The courtroom was packed with the Jackson family members including father Joe Jackson, mother Kathryn Jackson, and siblings including Janet Jackson.

Murray, in a gray pin striped suit, looked stunned at the evidence compiled against him, witnesses say. Some of that evidence included Murray's own recorded conversation with detectives just two days after Jackson's death.

During that conversation, he claimed he gave Jackson a small dose of propofol on the day he died and that he only left him for 15 minutes to go to the bathroom.

"Then I came back to his bedside and was shocked because he wasn't breathing," he says in the audio recorded June 27, 2009.

Prosecutors contend that phone records show that Jackson was left unattended for far longer and that 911 was not called right away.

"It will be clear that Conrad Murray abandoned Michael when he needed help. It was Conrad Murray's gross negligence, it was Conrad Murray's unskilled hands and his desire to obtain this lucrative contract of $150,000 a month that led Dr. Murray to not only abandon his patient, but to abandon all principles of medical care," said Walgren.

Jackson died over two years ago at age 50 after overdosing on the powerful anesthetic, propofol. The defense will contend that it was Jackson who self-administered the last dose of the anesthesia that ultimately killed him. Defense attorneys Edward Chernoff and Nareg Gourjian are expected to argue that Jackson gave himself the dose after Murray left Jackson's bedroom.

Propofol is typically administered in an operating room and was commonly referred to as "his milk" by Jackson, who used it habitually to sleep. Murray's defense attorneys claim that their client was trying to wean Jackson off the drug.

One thing prosecutors won't do is call any of Jackson's three kids to the witness stand. However, legal experts said that it doesn't mean the kids might not testify on behalf of defense lawyers.  

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep212011

Paris Hilton Completes Probation in Las Vegas Drug Case

Robert Marquardt/FilmMagic(LAS VEGAS) -- Paris Hilton has completed her one year of probation stemming from a Las Vegas drug case that also involved her then-boyfriend, Cy Waits.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, her attorney provided documentation at a Vegas court hearing Tuesday that showed the socialite performed more than 200 hours of community service and paid $2,000 in fines.

Hilton pleaded guilty last September to drug possession and obstructing an officer, less than a month after she and Waits were stopped by police after an officer reported that their car smelled of marijuana.  Police said cocaine later fell out of Hilton's purse.

Waits, whose relationship with Hilton reportedly ended in June, pleaded no contest last month to misdemeanor driving under the influence of marijuana.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug232011

'No Illegal Substances' Found in Amy Winehouse's System

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Whatever caused Amy Winehouse's death, it wasn't illegal drugs.

The BBC reports that according to Winehouse's family, toxicology results show that "no illegal substances" were found in the singer's system at the time of her death.  Alcohol was present, but it's unclear if it played a role in her death.

The BBC reports that Winehouse's family thanked the police for their work, and said that they are awaiting the results of the inquest into her death on October 26.

Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug102011

'Teen Mom' Jenelle Evans Busted for Drugs

Brunswick County Sheriff's Dept.(OAK BRANCH, N.C.) -- More trouble for Teen Mom Jenelle Evans. The 19-year-old star of the MTV reality series Teen Mom 2 was arrested Monday for violating her probation after she tested positive for marijuana and opiate use during a meeting with her parole officer in her hometown Oak Branch, N.C.

According to her attorney Dustin Sullivan, Evans also violated her probation by associating with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Kieffer Delp, "a known drug user," on July 16 and Aug. 6.

"She's facing a 45-day active sentence," Sullivan told ABC News. "The judge could put her in jail for 45 days. Up to this point, I've had 12 or 13 charges dismissed. I've never had to have that conversation with her until now."

Sullivan said he has yet to speak to his client since she was placed behind bars on $10,000 bond Monday. He said she was released that night.

Back in April, the teen mom was sentenced to 12 months probation after she pled guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Evans is due in court August 24.

In March, Evans was charged with simple assault after a video surfaced of her punching a young woman. The woman, Brittany Truett, told ABC News that Evans attacked her in a fit of jealousy because Delp was flirting with Truett. Sullivan told ABC News at that time that his client might have been the victim of a set up.

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