Macaulay Culkin, former child star famous for his "Home Alone" films, has been accused of being hooked on heroin and painkillers by the National Enquirer, and the actors reps are not only denying it, they're asking the media to drop it.
Culkin has worked quite a bit in recent years, although not in anything with a big name. He's chosen instead to do some indie flicks and voiceover work--most notably on "Robot Chicken", which is helmed by buddy Seth Green--but has mostly stayed out of the public eye. So when he emerged recently in a photo which showed him looking emaciated and not well, speculation of drug use began to circulate immediately among members of the press.
Our advice to Macaulay is to seek professional help to avoid the same tragic fate of other beloved celebrities, including Whitney Houston who died earlier this year. We believe that the former child star should be doing everything he can to get the treatment he so desperately needs – and which could have saved the life of his friend Elijah Rosello,
the Enquirer article reads. Should Macaulay’s representatives continue to deny The ENQUIRER’s accurate and detailed report, we are ready to offer him the opportunity to take a blood test administered by an independent medical lab.
But his reps are standing firm that the rumor is just a rumor and are asking the media to just drop it, which some think is an admission of guilt.
The actor's publicist says the story "is not only categorically without merit, but it is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious. We beseech the responsible media to consider the source and its reputation and to please not perpetuate this destructive and insulting story by pursuing it any further."
No word on any of this from the actor himself, but because we've seen this sort of thing happen to so many child stars in the past, it's troublesome for Culkin's fans to think he might be headed down a dangerous road.
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