• Artie Lange avoids jail time for now, admits to using cocaine after rehab

    Artie Lange isn’t going to jail but has tested positive for cocaine again. Back in November, Lange was facing jail time after failing to meet the terms of his parole. At the time, Lange announced that he would be going to rehab, but he still had to appear in court for the earlier charge.

    The MADtv alum finished a 25-day rehab program earlier this month, but at his court appearance Assistant Prosecutor Tony Gutierrez compared the program to a quick fix saying, “He keeps doing Band-Aid-type remedies for himself.”

    During the trial, Judge Nancy Sivilli said that the comedian belonged in drug court and directed his lawyer to file an application. This decision gives the stand-up a chance to be accepted into another rehabilitation program. If he is not accepted, he will be looking at jail time again.

    The judge then instructed Lange to take a drug test which came back positive for cocaine. Gutierrez asserted that the comedian must have used cocaine in the last 2 days for this test to have come back positive. Lange denied this saying, “I wouldn’t be arrogant enough to come in here after using cocaine for two days.”

    Lange took to Twitter to discuss his positive drug test and court appearance in a candid thread saying, “The judge and Prosecutor[sic]  were unbelievably compassionate,” but that when he left rehab he “had to touch the flame” and used cocaine.

    In the thread, he talks about not using heroin and ends saying, he’s “not going anywhere.”

    Many who are following the trial have been disturbed by recent photos of the Crashing star.Nj.com reported that the comedian had to have surgery on his nose after years of snorting cocaine and heroin including one time where he accidentally snorted glass which had gotten into smashed OxyContin tablets. His nose now has no septum which explains the deflated look. Earlier this month, the stand-up tweeted out a photo of himself and made reference to his nose.

    Fans were startled this weekend when Lange tweeted out a photo of himself asking for a hug which some saw as a cryptic message.

    We at Laughspin hope that Artie is getting the help and support he needs.

    Rosa Escandon

    I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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