Thursday, January 31, 2008
ET to Air Ledger Drug Video Tonight

Entertainment Tonight is catching a whole lot of flack for their decision to air a video of a drug-addled Heath Ledger from two years ago, discussing his lifelong drug useage and the effects on his life with baby-mama Michelle Williams.

The video, shot after the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, 2006, shows Ledger talking at a private party at the same hotel where comic actor John Belushi died of an overdose.

"I'm going to get serious s--t from my girlfriend," Ledger tells his companions. "We just had a baby three months ago.

Ledger's companion, actress Michelle Williams, and baby daughter, Matilda, were said to be upstairs in their bungalow while he partied.

"I shouldn't be here at all," he tells the guests, and then offers the admission: "I used to smoke five joints a day for 20 years."

Ledger was found dead Jan. 22 in his SoHo apartment at age 28. The cause of death has not been released, pending toxicology reports. Six different prescription drugs were found in the home.

The harrowing video was shot after Ledger attended the SAG Awards. He had been nominated in the Leading Role category for his performance as a gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain," but lost out to Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Capote."

The hotel mentioned is the Chateau Marmont. The video segment was first obtained by Australia's Channel 9, who will also air it, despite uproar from Hollywood.

Update: ET issued this statement on the website:
"Out of respect for Heath Ledger’s family, “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider” have decided not to run the Heath Ledger video which has been circulating in the world media."


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