Details Arise In Steroid Probe, 50 Cent & Timbaland Stay Tight-Lipped
Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent Wyclef and Timbaland are among the celebrities who have been named in the New York state steroid investigation.
So far, Mary's the only one to deny the claim. Blige's spokeswoman told New York's Daily News, that the singer "has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids." Associates said she achieved such great shape by working out with New York City-based physical trainer Gregg Miele.
"I'm probably in the best shape that I've ever been in in my life," 37-year-old Blige told Billboard magazine in December. "I'm really healthy."
Timbo's camp sidestepped the allegations, refusing to comment. His manager Marcus Spence would only say, "Legally we're not allowed to make a statement at this time."
50 and Wyclef's reps haven't returned inquiring phone calls and have yet to make a statement
It is not apparent yet if any of the artists violated any drug laws.
The investigation -- dubbed "Operation Which Doctor" -- revealed that these celebs and others were linked to doctors and pharmacists who are accused of writing prescriptions for steroids and human growth hormones without examining the cients.
Actor/writer Tyler Perry was fingered in the probe as well. The Diary of a Mad Black Woman creator was a patient of Long Island chiropractor Michael Diamond, according to a friend of Perry's. Diamond is accused of receiving the steroids on behalf of the celebs from a doctor in Florida.
Diamond is also on staff at Clay Gym in Chelsea, as an anti-aging consultant where he works with many celebrities. Due to the alleged anti-aging effects of steroids, experts say many entertainers are attracted to the drug.
Diamond wouldn't comment yesterday, but his lawyer Robert Macedonio said his client maintains his innocence.
"He has not and he cannot receive prescriptions in the mail," Macedonio said, adding that Diamond has never met Gary Brandwein, the Florida doctor who The Albany Times Union reported was responsible for mailing the steroids. Brandwein, the same doc known for prescribing steroids to dead pro-wrestler Chris Benoit, is awaiting trial in Albany on drug charges.
Elsewhere, the charges are getting sticky. Ten people have pled guilty to felony drug charges and, Dr. Anna Maria Santi of Queens, N.Y. was sentenced to three to six years for forging hundreds of steroid prescriptions.