Artie Lange, a comedian who has publicly struggled with and openly discussed his issues with substance abuse, was on Wednesday arrested for drug possession in New Jersey.
Lange was still in custody and listed in the inmate database of Essex County Corrections on Thursday afternoon, according to online records.
But the standup comedian and “Howard Stern Show” alum’s official Twitter account challenged the ECC’s records, saying that Lange was not arrested or incarcerated, but merely sobering up.
“Artie was not arrested and sent to jail…they are holding him a few days to sober up before transferring to a long term (sic) treatment facility, Artie needs us to be with him, not against him- TeamLange,” the tweet reads.
Lange has publicly grappled with his drug, sex and gambling addictions — as well as his self-described “hideously deformed” nose “due to over 3 decades of drug abuse,” which appears bleeding in his latest mug shot.
In December, Lange tested positive for cocaine while he was on probation for a previous arrest tied to possession of heroin, but he was sent to drug court instead of jail, according to the New York Daily News.
Lange tried to kill himself in 2010 by drinking bleach, slitting his wrists and stabbing himself in the stomach, according to a feature in Maxim magazine.
Lange has most recently appeared as himself on comedian Pete Holmes’ HBO comedy “Crashing,” using the platform to discuss his addiction issues — something that has been part of his persona for years. He has also been doing standup dates, according to his official website.
[Photo Credit: Essex County Corrections]
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