Pubdate: Sun, 06 Apr 2003
Source: Salina Journal, The (KS)
Copyright: 2003 -- The Salina Journal
Author: The Associated Press


NEW YORK -- Two weeks after acting erratically at a New York Knicks 
basketball game, fashion designer Calvin Klein has announced he is seeking 
treatment for a drug problem.

A spokeswoman for Klein, 60, would not specify the type of treatment he 
will receive. In 1988, Klein entered the Hazelden Institute in Minnesota 
for alcohol and prescription drug abuse.

"For many years, I've been able to successfully address my substance abuse 
issues, which for anyone is a lifelong process, through strict adherence to 
counseling and regular attendance at meetings," Klein said in a statement. 
"However, when I recently stopped attending meetings regularly, I suffered 
a setback."

Klein credited friends with helping him to recognize the problem and also 
said he would continue to work with his company, Calvin Klein Inc., which 
was recently acquired by apparel maker Phillips-Van Heusen.

At the basketball game, Klein left his seat and walked up to Knicks player 
Latrell Sprewell as he was about to throw an inbound pass. He was escorted 
back to his seat by guards. Sprewell later said Klein was mumbling and 
could not be understood.
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