'He's NOT hooked on heroin': Macaulay Culkin's camp forced to deny tabloid claims actor has '$6,000-a-month drug habit'
22:47 GMT, 1 August 2012
MaCaulay Culkin's representatives have issued a fiercely-worded denial over claims the Home Alone star has a $6,000-a-month drug habit.
A spokeswoman for the 31-year-old actor branded the claims published in the National Enquirer as 'ridiculously fictitious' and 'insulting'.
The American tabloid reported today that Culkin regularly shoots up heroin and the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone – dubbed hillbilly heroin.
The article went on to say the former child star turned his Manhattan apartment into a drug den where he gets high either by himself or with friends.
Drug addict Macaulay Culkin is said to be spending $6,000 a month on hard drugs and prescription pills, according to a new report, pictured here in February
Responding to the allegations,
Culkin's publicist Michelle Bega told MailOnline: 'The report in the
National Enquirer that Macaulay Culkin is addicted to heroin and
assorted hallucinogenics is not only categorically without merit, but it
is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious.'
Iconic role: Culkin as cheeky Kevin McCallister in 1990 film Home Alone
Ms Bega added that the story was 'destructive and insulting,' to her client.
The Enquirer claims Culkin's drug use
intensified 18 months ago – around the time he split from long-term
girlfriend Mila Kunis, who is now dating Ashton Kutcher.
A source told the publication: 'Macaulay Culkin is hooked on drugs and it's killing him.
'He's been hooked for a year and a half, and his drug of choice is either heroin or oxycodone.
'Mac is surrounding himself with junkies and lowlifes. It's a real tragedy.'
The source – described by the Enquirer as a 'close friend' – also claimed Culkin has had a close brush with death in the past year and almost overdosed.
'Mac suffered a near overdose, and needed help,' the insider said.
'Fortunately he didn't need to call 911 and the near-OD was kept quiet among his pals. But Mac got very sick.'
In February, pictures of of Culkin looking emaciated and shockingly made headlines.
At the time his representatives strenuously denied the actor was addicted to prescription drugs or heroin amid reports the 5-foot-7 star's weight had dropped to 104lbs.
Life imitating art Macaulay played a drug-addled club hopper in the 2003 film Party Monster alongside Seth Green
Macaulay is best know for his roles as cheeky Kevin McCallister in the 1990 film Home Alone and the 1992 sequel, Home Alone: Lost In New York.
He also starred in the likes of Uncle Buck, My Girl and Richie Rich.
But his adult career has failed to match the blockbuster success of his childhood days.
In 2003 he played a drug-addled club hopper alongside Seth Green in Party Monster, while his last film role was in 2007 in the Indie flick Sex And Breakfast.
Healthier looking: The actor's drug addiction is said to have intensified after his split from long-term girlfriend Mila Kunis, around 18 months ago, pictured in 2005
These days he earns a living DJ-ing at clubs around New York.
Culkin's half sister Jennifer Adamson died of a drug overdose in 2000.
In another tragic twist, the National Enquirer reports that a female friend of Culkin's died earlier this year of a heroin overdose.
Elijah Rosello died in March aged 24, with a family source telling the publication that she would do drugs with Culkin on occasion.