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Robin Thicke High On Drugs and Alcohol During ‘Blurred Lines’ Creation

In the midst of the writing process for last year’s monumental summer hit “Blurred Lines”, singer Robin Thicke admitted through a court deposition that he was “high on Vicodin and alcohol”.

robin thicke drug alcohol blurred linesThe deposition was part of the ongoing court battle between the song’s credited writers — Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr. — and children of the late Marvin Gaye, whose 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” was claimed by Gaye’s family to be the basis for the 2013 ditty.

Here’s a portion of the court deposition, as it appears in THR:

Q: Were you present during the creation of ‘Blurred Lines’?

Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.

Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?

Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.

The papers suggest that aside from Thicke getting high on drugs and booze, he was never a part of the writing process. In fact, he admitted in several interviews that he was under a massive “drug and alcohol problem for the year.”

“Blurred Lines” bagged the record for the longest running number one single in the 2010s decade at 12 consecutive weeks.

Thicke was arrested for marijuana possession in 2012.

September 17, 2014 at 1:58 am Comments (0)

Robin Williams Found Dead in Home

Hollywood and the world over is shocked at the loss of one of the greatest comics in history.

robin williams dead suicideRobin Williams, 63, was pronounced dead after emergency personnel found him unconscious in his California home at noon today. Although an autopsy has yet to be conducted, preliminary evidence seems to suggest an apparent suicide due to asphyxia, as reported by the Marin County Sheriff’s office.

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider expressed her grief over the sudden turn of events. “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend… While the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

According to the actor’s publicist Mara Buxbaum via Yahoo! News, Williams had been experiencing depression in the past months. Last July, Williams checked into rehab at Minnesota’s Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for sobriety issues.

He has always been transparent about his battle with substance abuse. Back in the 1980s during his Mork and Mindy days, Williams admitted to cocaine abuse, but decided to quit after the death of fellow actor John Belushi. He also underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in 2006.

Williams has had a very colorful acting career, winning an Oscar for his touching performance as supporting actor in Good Will Hunting. He also has six Golden Globes, five Grammys, and two Emmy awards to his name.

The actor had three children — Zachary (31), Zelda (25), and Cody (22).

August 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm Comments (0)

Philip Seymour Hoffman Cause Of Death: Heroin, Cocaine, Other Drugs

The medical examiner’s report is out: Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a lethal mix of drugs.

Philip_Seymour_HoffmanThe results, released February 28, showed that a combination of cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs caused the death of the critically acclaimed actor, whose lifeless body was found in his Manhattan loft February 2.

The New York City medical examiner did not cite any indication of overdose, and was not able to identify which specific drug was the main culprit. Dr. Charles McKay, spokesperson for the American College of Medical Toxicology, said in an interview that it would be difficult to pinpoint the killer drug. However, Dr. McKay concluded that the examiner’s report “suggests someone who has been using drugs repetitively”.

This report confirms earlier suspicions that Hoffman was still into drugs, even after undergoing rehab after a relapse in drug use. In fact, his body was discovered with a needle still stuck in his arm.

Included in the mix of drugs that caused the actor’s demise were benzodiazepines and amphetamines, which are prescribed for people who have anxiety and sleeping problems.

March 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm Comments (0)

Actor Josh Brolin Checks Into Rehab For Alcohol Abuse

Josh BrolinAs Hollywood celebrates a surge in the U.S. box office through the hugely successful “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, Us Weekly revealed that actor Josh Brolin has checked into rehab for a reported alcohol abuse problem.

The “Jonah Hex” star entered a rehab facility in North Carolina, according to the Us Weekly insider. “He realized he needed help and is committed to his sobriety,” the magazine source said.

Earlier this month, Brolin figured in a physical altercation with a client at O’Brien’s Irish Pub, located in Santa Monica, CA. Several witnesses reported that the 45-year-old actor was drunk when the incident happened. The fistfight ensued around 2 in the morning of November 2, just outside the bar. Moments later, the two brawling bar customers reconciled by hugging each other.

On a similar note, Brolin was also found engaged in a verbal argument in a drive-thru outlet of Los Angeles Del Taco with a taxi driver. The loud exchange of words was captured on video for the world to see.

Days after the two incidents — both of which happened on the same weekend — the actor declared that he was “completely done” with alcohol. When asked about his weekend conflicts, he said “absolutely, it won’t be happening again.”

November 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm Comments (0)

Chris Brown Considers Taking Medical Marijuana For Anger Management Issues

Years ago, Chris Brown was infamously linked to domestic violence against women, after he hit then-girlfriend and music superstar Rihanna. Now, the R&B singer seems like he’s going down the route of being a poster boy for pot.

chrisbrownOne day after appearing before the Los Angeles Superior Court last November 20, Brown declared that he should be prescribed medical marijuana to soothe his anger management problems. After all, medical cannabis is legal in California where he currently resides.

According to a news release, he added that he wants to discontinue his doctor’s current prescriptions of anti-depressant medication, citing that the drugs affect his overall health. As declared by a source close to Brown’s camp, the anti-depressant drugs “make Chris feel very numb and he felt that everything around him was fuzzy.” In addition, Brown frequently feels thirsty because of the medication.

Brown was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin to three months in treatment and not less than 24 hours per week of community service, and will be subjected to drug tests.

It seems that Brown cannot catch a break. The embattled music artist reportedly figured in a civil disturbance wherein he had a violent argument with his mother and threw a piece of rock onto her car window. Meanwhile, he tested positive for marijuana last year, which almost certainly had a negative impact on his probation.

November 22, 2013 at 5:37 am Comments (0)

Lady Gaga Claims She was Addicted to Marijuana

marijuana jointColorful singer Lady Gaga told a radio station during an interview that she became addicted to marijuana while recovering from a broken hip.

“I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga told the Z100 Morning Show, as reported by People magazine. ”I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why.”

The singer was reportedly smoking 15-20 marijuana cigarettes per day.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 9% of marijuana users become dependent on the drug, with that percentage going up for people who begin using the drug in adolescence. Comparatively, according to a 1994 study published in Scientific American, about 15% of people who try alcohol become addicted, 23% of people who try heroin become addicted and 32% of people who try nicotine become addicted.

November 12, 2013 at 7:12 am Comments (0)

Lindsay Lohan Completes Sixth Court-Ordered Rehab

How many rehab sessions should you need to clean your system of alcohol and bad behavior?

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Photo credit: pursebag7 via Picasa

Apparently for Lindsay Lohan, six is the definitive number — for now. According to a news source, the troubled actress just checked out of a rehab center in California July 30, and is now scheduled to consult with a sobriety coach so that she can adjust to the real world.

Her three-month stay in rehab stemmed from a court decision this past May that allowed her to avoid imprisonment and instead check herself in a rehabilitation facility for 90 days. The “Mean Girls” star needed rehab time because of an accusation wherein she gave false information to police officers when she was involved in a car accident in June 2012.

Lohan has become the poster girl of child stars who went awry going into adulthood. She has had some misdemeanor offenses in the past, and has checked into rehab multiple times before. In a sense, you can say the actress should already be an “expert” in alcohol rehabilitation and keeping oneself sober.

In connection with this, Oprah’s TV network OWN inked a $2 million contract with Lohan to grant them rights to an exclusive interview with the beleaguered actress. The network’s cameras will also hound Lohan during her bout with alcohol abuse, as part of an eight-part documentary.

Lohan’s next Hollywood appearance is in the film “The Canyons” set for release on August 2.

August 1, 2013 at 12:00 am Comments (0)

Cory Monteith’s death shines spotlight on new breed of heroin user

Cory MonteithMost people probably wouldn’t have pictured clean-cut actor Cory Monteith when they imagined a heroin addict. The stereotype of a scrawny, dirty, back-alley dweller still persists in our minds when picturing heroin addicts, but the late Glee star was an example of the so-called new breed of heroin user.

He was found dead on July 13 at Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. Toxicity reports showed that he died from a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Dr. Richard Clark, an emergency room physician and director of toxicology at the University of California San Diego Medical Center, told NBC News that anyone you know — despite how happy, healthy and successful they look or where they live — could be a heroin user. Heroin is cheap and plentiful these days and kids, teenagers, white-collar workers, even people living in suburban or rural areas can be using heroin without you even suspecting it.

University of Washington research scientist Caleb Banta-Green, who frequently writes about about heroin use has said in today’s current climate of drug use, Monteith “is what a heroin user looks like.”

July 31, 2013 at 6:52 am Comments (0)

New York Giants Will Hill Suspended for Marijuana Use

It’s really not the best news for sports enthusiasts this season. Just weeks after news broke about the Biogenesis PED scandal in baseball and the positive drug tests in track and field, football is now the next sport to be hit by a drug controversy.

Photo credit: nj.com

Photo credit: nj.com

New York Giants safety Will Hill admitted to news outlets that he was slapped with a four-game suspension by the NFL for testing positive to marijuana use during last season’s drug test. He was earlier suspended for being discovered to take performance-enhancing drugs, particularly Adderall.

While he is allowed to appear in training and pre-season plays, Hill will not get a chance to play the first four games of the 2013 regular season.

The 23-year-old free agent shared how he got tangled up with drug use early on in life. “Coming out and growing up in this environment here, I had a lot of stress from my environments, and (drugs were) the only way I knew how to cope with it,” he said. In addition, he confirmed that it was through his team that he started reshaping his life.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin only had a short message for the player: “We’re disappointed, and hopefully Will is going to get his life straightened out.”

Hill is a native of East Orange in New Jersey, and attended the University of Florida where he played as safety for the Florida Gators.

July 29, 2013 at 4:00 am Comments (0)

Ryan Braun Suspended for Linkage to Biogenesis PED Scandal

More than a month after news broke of Yankees star Alex Rodriguez’s involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, another big-named baseball player has been dragged into the mess.

ryan braunMilwaukee Brewers superstar Ryan Braun was slapped with a 65-game suspension by Major League Baseball, rendering him unable to play for the rest of the 2013 season. As a result, he won’t be able to receive the rest of his salary, which totals $8.5 million.

Braun issued a statement as reported in the Washington Post: “I realize now that I have made some mistakes… I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.” MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred facilitated the case, and commended the Brewers outfielder “for taking responsibility for his past actions… We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter.”

According to MLB commissioner Bud Selig, Braun violated some clauses of the joint drug agreement as well as the collective bargaining agreement.

The Biogenesis scandal has rocked the baseball world this year, with Braun, A-Rod and other MLB key players allegedly involved in the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.

Braun also figured in an almost-suspension last year for testing positive on a drug test. However, the decision was overturned after an arbitrator declared the false positive was caused by an increase in the level of his testosterone.

July 25, 2013 at 12:00 am Comments (0)

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