Entertainment behind the scenes
Rodney King in rehab — on TV
Rodney King, whose beating at the hands of Los Angeles police officers sparked the city’s riots in 1992, will battle addiction on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” officials from the cable TV channel said on Wednesday.
King will be one of several celebrities undergoing detoxification and treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Center, outside L.A., VH1 said.
Other celebrities who will appear on the show’s second season include actor Jeff Conaway, model and actress Amber Smith and Steven Adler of the rock band Guns N’ Roses.
The celebrities all checked in to the rehab center on Monday, and they are scheduled to be there for a total of three weeks, said Scott Acord, a spokesman for VH1. The series will begin airing in October.
King has racked up a string of arrests over the years, and he has admitted to a dependency on the drug PCP.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)