Freshly Brewed for Thursday

December 8, 2017 - 6:45am

FERGIE RECALLS CRYSTAL METH ADDICTION: When Fergie was a ember of Wild Orchid in the early 2000s, she began using crystal meth. In an interview with the U.K.'s iNews, she recalls those dark days. “I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia. I was hallucinating on a daily basis,” the 42-year-old recalled. “It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things. I’d just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny.” At her lowest point, she thought the CIA, FBI and a SWAT team were after her, and she ended up hiding in a church. She says that when she hit rock bottom, she weighed just 90 pounds. (iNews)

DJ COUNTERSUED BY TAYLOR SWIFT CLAIMS HE PAID HER $1: The radio DJ ordered to pay Taylor Swift a symbolic $1 after he groped her during a photo op claims he mailed her the money last week. David Mueller-who sent her a Sacagawea coin-provided proof of payment to the Associated Press. He told the AP he sent her the coin, which features a female Native American as a "little poke at them." In Time's cover story for the magazine’s annual Person of the Year edition published Wednesday, in which Swift was featured as a "Silence Breaker," she said she hadn't received payment. (Associated Press)

RUSSELL CROWE RESPONDS TO BLOWBACK FROM SEXUAL COMMENTS HE MADE ABOUT CO-STAR: Russell Crowe is responding to the response to comments he made in which he appeared to joke about "sodomizing" a female costar. Crowe was appearing at the 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards when he made the initial comments about a scene with Jacqui McKenzie for 1992's Romper Stomper. “I didn’t actually intend to do that.” he said at the awards. “I was trying to keep my bits away from her bits, and she’s been given one of those pieces of elastic that the girls get when you do those scenes, which protects them from all things, and my bits and pieces were in a little canvas sack with a drawstring. And it wasn’t actually in my desire to keep the bits apart. It wasn’t until the opening night of the film that it was pointed out by none other than Jacqui McKenzie’s beautiful late mother that we were in fact, in her mind, engaged in sodomy. Anyway, that was just a story about sensitivity!” He has since released a statement saying: “Jacquie and I survived that moment in our young careers because we looked after each other. Our friendship has only strengthened over the years and it’s a story we both cringe and laugh over. The way I delivered the story was to elicit that half cringe/half laugh reaction. Obviously I was only intending to make people laugh. Especially Jacquie, and she did.” He added: “I didn’t mean any offense to anyone and it wasn’t a comment on other issues.” McKenzie backed Crowe up, saying his version of events was true and that they both "laugh" at the "awkwardness" of the scene now, and did then as well. (Digital Spy)

OSCARS RULING ORG ADOPTS CODE OF CONDUCT: After giving disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein the boot, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced that it is adopting its first-ever code of conduct for its 8,427 members. Academy chief exec Dawn Hudson informed members in an email. The code spells out that the Academy is no place for “people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates standards of decency.” Hudson added that more details and stipulations will be announced later. Do you think the Academy is on the right track? (CBS)

DIANE KRUGER'S LATEST FILM DEPRESSED HER SO MUCH SHE STARTED SMOKING: Diane Kruger says shooting her latest movie, In the Fade, made her feel so depressed she actually took up smoking. Kruger plays a German mother who loses her partner and child in a neo-Nazi terrorist attack. At a Q&A for the film, she said: "[I] lost 7 pounds ... I felt like I was drowning in grief, drowning in the gray weather, and drowning in the story. I picked up smoking. Grief is a weird thing, and I felt a heavy responsibility to find the truth and to honor the people that this has happened to." She added that researching and filming the movie "changed my life forever." (Page Six)