Access Exclusive: ‘CSI’ Star Gary Dourdan Issues Statement Over Arrest
First Published: May 3, 2008 1:51 PM EDT Credit:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- “CSI” star Gary Dourdan has issued a statement to Access Hollywood over his arrest in Palm Springs last weekend.
Dourdan was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning in Palm Springs, for drug possession after being found asleep in his car, allegedly in the driver’s seat, parked on the wrong side of the road.
“Obviously I certainly wish I hadn’t been responsible for so many people getting to the festival’s VIP area,” Dourdan wrote in an e-mail to Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson, referring to California’s annual Coachella festival, which he regularly attends. “And the after party, it ran me ragged, but I’m glad pulling over did prevent a DUI. I recommend not driving at all, but a little kip (nap) is always good (on either side of the road LOL).”
When officer’s searched Dourdan’s vehicle they found “suspected cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, miscellaneous prescription drugs and paraphernalia,” local police previously told Access Hollywood.
He was arrested and released on $5,000 bail at 10:30 AM on Monday.
In his e-mail, Dourdan said the substances found in the car did not belong to him.
“I am blessed that the Sgt. realized that the luggage carrying whatever they found was not mine and that my tests have been coming back negative,” Dourdan’s e-mail continued. “I’ve been happy to cooperate in any way to clear myself and go on with my blessed life.”
Dourdan offered his apologies to his fans, in the message.
“I am so sorry to all my fans, especially the young ones, like Taylor Swift, who I should’ve been supporting with my daughter instead of driving tired in the desert,” he wrote. “I am planning events to get the word out that you don’t need a bunch of nasty chemicals to have a good time. Just good friends, family, good music and a good honest spirit full of faith.”
Dourdan had been expected to present teen country sensation Swift an award at Hollywood Life Magazine’s 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, last Sunday, as “CSI” is a favorite show of the star.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Dourdan is leaving “CSI” and will not return to the series in the fall.
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