Big Stars Linked to Steroid Probe

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    Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds may need to make some room on the hot seat.
    And not for other ballplayers.
    Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean and filmmaker Tyler Perry are among thousands whose names have surfaced in a burgeoning steroid probe currently under way in New York.
    According to Albany's Times Union, the entertainers have not violated any laws, but a number of anonymous law-enforcement officials said the stars may have obtained performance-enhancing drugs from doctors, pharmacists and clinics under investigation by Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares.
    The newspaper cited medical records and testimony from several unidentified witnesses stating that Blige, Fiddy and others, in a bid to appear young and fit, received shipments of prescribed human growth hormone at hotels, production studios, health clubs and private residences, even sometimes using fictitious names.
    Another alleged outpost was the offices of Michael Diamond, a Long Island chiropractor.
    Diamond, who helps supervise an antiaging program at Manhattan's upscale Clay Gym and has a number of celeb clients, is also not accused of breaking any laws and is not a target of the investigation.

    However, authorities questioned him about purported meetings with officials at Signature Compounding Pharmacy, an Orlando-based company facing trial in Albany for illegally selling millions of dollars worth of prescription medications, most of that steroids.
    Per the Times Union, the pharmacy sent supplies of the human growth hormone Jentropin and the anabolic steroid Oxandrolone to the 37-year-old Blige at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Las Vegas MGM Grand and Clay Gym. Some shipments were sent to the Growing Pains singer under the name of Marlo Stanfield, which happens to be the moniker of the drug lord in HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire.
    As for Fiddy, the report says the rap superstar received a supply of steroids mailed to his Connecticut mansion in July 2006 under the name Michael Jordan. He also allegedly received packages at his house in Los Angeles and Diamond's Long Island office.
    Timbaland, whose real name is Timothy Mosley, is alleged to have obtained HGH and anabolic steroids between October 2005 and September 2006 at his Miami residence and via Diamond.
    Jean also allegedly received his performance-enhancing goods through the chiropractor.
    Perry—the playwright, actor and director of box-office hits like Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Why Did I Get Married? and executive producer of the TBS comedy series House of Payne—purportedly had steroids shipped in his name to his Atlanta-based offices in 2005 and 2006.
    D.A. spokeswoman Heather Streeter Orth said Soares declined to comment on either the probe or the newspaper report.
    Reps for 50 Cent, Jean, Timbaland and Perry could not be immediately reached for comment, but a publicist for Blige smacked down the report.
    "Mary J. Blige has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids," spokeswoman Karynne Tencer said in a statement.
    Diamond was also unavailable for comment Monday. However, he told the Times Union in a brief interview that he couldn't name which celebs he treated for antiaging purposes, citing privacy laws.
    "I don't have anything to do with athletes, I don't do athletes," Diamond said Friday. "Anyone that wants to publicly state that they work with me can do so, it's just I'm not allowed legally to state who I treat or who I don't treat."
    Soares' office launched the probe two years ago in an effort to crack down on a multistate trafficking operation that supposedly saw Signature, along with the owners of a Palm Beach, Florida, wellness center and a host of antiaging clinics and physicians, unlawfully distribute performance-enhancing drugs without proper prescriptions and without seeing patients, typically through the Internet.
    A key player in that ring is allegedly Gary Brandwein, a Boca Raton osteopath whose MedXLife.com, prosecutors said, sold supplies of steroids, HGH and testosterone via the Web to pro wrestler Chris Benoit, who killed his wife and young son before taking his own life last year.
    Brandwein has pleaded not guilty to six felony drug charges in New York state court for the criminal sale of a controlled substance.
    While baseball has taken much of the heat for its overly pumped players, the entertainment world is hardly innocent. The WWE has initiated testing to stamp out performance-enhancing drugs; the program has taken on increased urgency in the wake of the Benoit tragedy.


    Then there's the case of Sylvester Stallone.
    The Rocky star pleaded guilty in a court in Sydney last May to two charges of bringing a cache of bulking drugs—specifically 45 vials of Jentropin and four vials of testosterone—into the country during a brief sojourn there the previous February.
    The 60-year-old Stallone told customs officials when he was busted at the airport that he needed the muscle-building drugs to help treat a pituitary problem as well as keep him in peak physical condition while he filmed the latest Rambo sequel in Asia.
    The action star was ordered to pay a $2,451 fines and $8,200 in court costs.
     
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