Friday, October 26, 2012

Yasmine Bleeth Now

Just in case you haven't heard before of Yasmine Bleeth, Bleeth is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Caroline Holden in the long-running 1990's series "Baywatch" and Lee Anne Demerest on the soap opera "One Life to Live".

The question is: "Where is Yasmine Bleeth now?"

Sadly, Yasmine Bleeth developed an addiction to cocaine which prevented her from continuing her acting career. Needless to say that Yasmine had a lot of film offers but she couldn't fulfill any project (even photo shoots!)

In December 2000, Bleeth voluntarily entered the Malibu-based Promises Rehabilitation Clinic to overcome her cocaine addiction. On September 12, 2001, Bleeth was arrested in Michigan after her car pulled off the highway and wound up on a median. Luckily, no other cars were involved. The car accident took place on Interstate 94 near Detroit as she and her future husband, Paul Cerrito, were heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

In detail, police discovered four syringes with an injectable form of cocaine in them and a small plastic bag with cocaine residue on it. The next day police conducted a search of her hotel room, and they found more cocaine and drug paraphernalia

In November 2001, through a plea bargain, Bleeth pleaded guilty to possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine and to driving while impaired. She was sentenced in January 2002 to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. 

Bleeth's lawyer, Jerry Sabbota, claimed that Bleeth was satisfied with the plea bargain, noting that her record will be cleared of any felonies after she fulfills the terms of her probation. "When all is said and done she'll have a traffic ticket on her record. She wasn't treated any better than anyone else, and she wasn't treated any worse," Sabbota was quoted as saying. 

Bleeth's attorney revealed that Bleeth was receiving therapy from the founder of the Promises Rehabilitation Clinic. Bleeth completely fulfilled the terms of her probation as of January 2004, and her record was cleared as previously determined by the plea bargain.

In an issue of Glamour from April 2003, Yasmine Bleeth wrote a three page article entitled "Back From my Drugs Hell" about her rocky path to recovery, her cocaine addiction and her struggle to remain sober.

Bleeth wrote that her cocaine habit was so serious that she collapsed at a photo shoot for Glamour, and she went without sleep for five days at a time. She wrote that "consciously trying to stay off drugs is now part of my life and always will be."

Commenting on her cocaine addiction, Bleeth told: "It was almost like falling in love... It became my boyfriend, my best friend, my family".

It has to be mnetioned that Bleeth met her future husband, strip club owner Paul Cerrito, at the Promises clinic during her first stay there. Bleeth would later comment: "They say you shouldn't get into any relationship in the first year of sobriety - especially with someone in the program, but Paul and I fell in love immediately." 

Yasmine Bleeth and Paul Cerrito married in Santa Barbara, California on August 25, 2002 and now live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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