Nick Nolte: ‘Drug GHB Is To Blame For Infamous Mug Shot Look’

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January 19, 2018 | 4:01am EST

Nick Nolte blames his “asylum inmate” look in his infamous 2002 mug shot on psychoactive drug GHB.
The Warrior star’s police records photo, which featured the actor looking disheveled in an Hawaaiian shirt, went viral following his 2002 arrest for driving under the influence, and now Nolte explains he took GHB, which was made illegal in 2000, before hitting the gym hours before his arrest.
“GHB was one substance I ran into that I shouldn’t have messed with,” he tells People magazine.
“A strong dose made me feel great, yet I knew I was repeating with GHB the addictive cycle I’d been in before,” he adds in his memoir Rebel.
After finishing his workout, Nolte decided to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, but changed his mind when he started to feel the effects of the drug. He was pulled over on his way home and taken to the hospital for a blood test.
“I was a mess and driving on the Pacific Coast Highway,” he writes in his memoir. “I’m told six drivers called 911 to report a big sedan weaving on the wrong side of the road.”
The picture was taken while the 76-year-old was at the hospital.
“It went viral – my hair wild, my expression unsettling, looking like an asylum inmate out for a lark,” he writes. “In 1992, People magazine had named me the Sexiest Man Alive, and now, 10 years later, I looked to all the world like a madman.”
Nolte subsequently checked himself into a “renowned psychiatric institution” and weaned himself off the drug in 30 days. He now considers himself a “renewed and fortunate man”.

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