ET and The Insider Do Damage Control, Cancel Heath Ledger Drug Use Video

The footage was bought for $200,000, was shot without Heath’s knowledge, at the Chateau Marmont hotel in L.A. following the SAG awards on January 29, 2006.

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In the video, Heath is shown talking while at a private party after sniffing a cocaine-like substance off a table with a rolled up bill in his hand. As he speaks, his face noticeably twitches.

Heath says at one point, “I’m gonna get so much sh*t from my girlfriend. We have a baby together… Matilda, Matilda Rose.”

ET and The Insider planned to show the clip later this week.

After ET and The Insider were threatened, they decided to pull the footage “out of respect”:

The celebrity news programs have released a joint statement warning a media outlet that they will be subject to lawsuits and fines if they choose to show the video.

A lengthy clip of the drug video aired on their Wednesday broadcast. Millions of people have already watched the footage. It’s stories like these that make me feel bad about being a gossip blogger. R.I.P. Heath.

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