Friday, May 04, 2007

The Hoff Keeps Gettin' Hassled

Oh, lordy. A sad and pathetic videotape of a drunken David Hasselhoff slumped over shirtless on the floor of his Las Vegas dressing room has been making the rounds. I'm having trouble loading the video, but go to Entertainment Tonight Online if you want to play the tape for your own sick amusement:

In what appears to be a cry for help, ET has obtained exclusive video of DAVID HASSELHOFF in Las Vegas -- where he is currently starring in The Producers -- in which he appears to be intoxicated in heartbreaking footage believed to be taken three months ago by his 16-year-old daughter, TAYLOR.

In the video, Taylor begs her father to stop drinking, saying, "Dad, look what this is doing to you. You have to stop drinking alcohol, promise me you won't drink anymore."

She also warns him that he could lose his stage gig if he doesn't sober up.

"The doctor's coming over early ... if you have any alcohol in your system, you're gonna be fired from the show."

David appears intoxicated, lying on the floor, wearing only a pair of blue jeans while attempting to eat a hamburger.

In a statement to ET, David says:

"I am a recovering alcoholic. Despite that I have been going through a painful divorce and I have recently been separated from my children due to my work, I have been successfully dealing with my issue. Unfortunately, one evening I did have a brief relapse, but part of recovery is relapse.

Because of my honest and positive relationship with my daughters who were concerned for my well being there was a tape made that night to show me what I was like. I have seen the tape. I have learned from it and I am back on my game. I thank God for the love and concern from my daughters. The tape was never meant to become public, but got into the hands of individuals who are not worthy of mentioning, who maliciously released the tape for their own self purpose. I hope that someone else will learn from the tape, as I have."

David has had a long and difficult struggle with alcohol problems. He checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic for alcoholism in July 2002. Two years later, he was arrested for drunk driving. Last July, he was banned from a flight at London's Heathrow Airport because authorities believed he was too intoxicated to fly.

Earlier this week, David's ex-wife PAMELA BACH told ET how difficult their divorce has been on everyone.

"It's a year and a half of hell that me and my daughters have been through," she said.
I only have one wee question: Who on Earth would pay to see David Hasselhoff in a Las Vegas production of The Producers? Well, actually, I might, if it was a) guaranteed he'd be drunk out of his mind, and b) was co-starring with David Cassidy.

There will surely be much merriment and ridicule of this tape, but I find it all rather tragic. On the other hand, isn't he some kind of wife-beater? I sort of can't wait to watch Best Week Ever and get Frangela's reaction!

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