Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Whitney Houston enters rehabilitation



Grammy-winning pop singer Whitney Houston has entered a drug rehabilitation facility in the Los Angeles area, her publicist said.

Houston "thanks everyone for their support and prayers," publicist Nancy Seltzer said in a statement this week. She declined to offer any further details.

Houston, 40, admitted in a December 2002 television interview that she had abused drugs in the past, but told Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime that she had gotten beyond that time through prayer.

Houston's husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, was sentenced to 60 days in jail in late February for violating probation. One of the violations included a December misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly striking Houston, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut inside her lip.

In January 2000, Houston left behind a bag at Keahole Kona International Airport in Hawaii that allegedly held less than half an ounce of marijuana and three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes.

In 2001, a petty misdemeanor drug charge relating to the incident was dismissed against Houston after a drug counselor filed an assessment with prosecutors stating that Houston did not require treatment for substance abuse.




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