50 Cent and Mary
J. Blige mentioned in steroid investigation
Reports mention entertainers
50 Cent and Mary J. Blige among other celebrities as part of
steroid investigation in New York.
Singer Mary J. Blige and rapper 50 Cent were among a list
of celebrities mentioned in a steroid investigation, according
to the The Times Union of Albany report. Timbaland, Wyclef Jean
and Tyler Perry were also mentioned in the reports as possible
recipients of steroids or human growth hormones as part of a
roids investigation being conducted by the Albany County
district attorney, P. David Soares. The months-long
investigation is looking into illegal prescribing of steroids
and human growth hormones by doctors, without even seeing the
patients they are prescribing the substances to, as well as
clinics and other distributors of the drugs.
None of the celebrities mentioned have been
accused of breaking the law. Citing information from witnesses
cooperating in the investigation, The Times Union of Albany says
that drugs were shipped to celebrities, sometimes under
pseudonyms, at their homes, studios and hotels and through the
Clay Fitness Club and Spa on West 14th Street in Manhattan and
the director of its anti-aging and longevity program, Dr.
Michael Diamond, a chiropractor from Long Island. According to
the paper, records showed that prescriptions have been filed for
Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and other celebrities, and were signed by
Dr. Gary Brandwein, an osteopath from Florida. He has been
charged with felony drug violations in the Albany investigation
and has pleaded not guilty. Brandwein is the same doctor, who is
accused of prescribing the steroids to pro-wrestler Chris
Benoit, who killed his wife, son and himself last year. So far,
10 defendants have pleaded guilty and some professional athletes
have been linked to the probe in news reports.
Earlier today, Mary J. Blige, through her
spokesman Karynne Tencer, denied ever taking any
performance-enhancement drugs. Ms. Tencer added that Ms. Blige
had not taken any anti-aging steroids either. The rest of the
celebrities mentioned in the report have not commented yet.