Heath Ledger rehab stories denied by publicist
Rumours of a Heath Ledger drug video surfaced on Hollywood gossip blogs across the Net on Wednesday.
The video, reportedly to be aired on Entertainment Tonight, shows Ledger at a ‘drug-fuelled’ party in 2006.
The video rumour comes on the heels of revelations Ledger’s former fiancee Michelle Williams tried and failed to get him into rehab.
According to a report in the New York Post, actress Michelle Williams attempted to get Ledger to go to a rehab centre in 2006 for “abusing heroin, coke and booze.”
Ledger, however, reportedly refused to enter the Promises Treatment Centre in Malibu and promised he could get clean without the need for rehab.
Williams allegedly broke up with Ledger in 2007, according to the Post, for breaking that promise and demanded he be drug-tested when visiting their 2-year-old daughter Matilda Ledger.
This latest information, however, comes from unnamed sources who spoke to Hollywood gossip magazine US Weekly.
Mara Buxbaum, Williams’ publicist (and formerly Ledger’s), refuted the claims, however.
“Much of the tabloid reporting is inaccurate,” Buxbaum said, according to the New Zealand Herald.
“This fabricated story of Michelle Williams attempting to bring Heath Ledger to rehab is just one lie among many. The speculation is heinous. Let this family grieve privately.”
On his gossip blog on Wednesday, Perez Hilton stated Entertainment Tonight had acquired the rights to an exclusive video showing Ledger attending a “drug-fuelled” party at the Chateau Marmont in January, 2006.
The video reportedly features Ledger discussing his drug habits, such as smoking pot, near a table full of drug paraphernalia.
A private memorial service was held in New York last week, attended by Ledger’s parents, Williams and daughter Matilda.
Ledger’s body is expected to be buried in Perth, Australia and funeral plans are currently underway.
Williams is expected to attend, according to EGossip.com, as may Ledger’s Brokeback Mountain co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.
Ledger’s father visited the Manhattan apartment where his son died this week, escorted by police, according to the Herald Sun.
He also visited a memorial space set up in the apartment building’s gardens.
Ledger, 28, was found dead in his New York apartment last Tuesday.
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An autopsy on Wednesday revealed no immediate cause of death.
Additional blood and tissue tests on Ledger’s body are expected to take up to two weeks.
The most likely cause of death is speculated to be an accidental drug overdose, according to the Associated Press.
Six kinds of medication were found in the apartment, including anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills.
No illegal drugs were reportedly found in Ledger’s apartment.
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