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.
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 togetherâ€¦ 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.