A well-known American comedian, Arthur Steven "Artie" Lange Jr., was recently taken into custody on Wednesday, January 30th following his court hearing in New Jersey. The news was not released until Thursday afternoon.
Lange, 51 years old, is best-known for The Howard Stern Show, Mad TV, and The Artie Lange Show. He has also released several books throughout his comedy career including A New York Times Best Seller, Too Fat to Fish.
The court hearing was in regards to a heroin possession charge from 2017. After spending some time in jail, Lange went to inpatient rehab and was then sentenced to four years of probation, 50 hours of community service, and needed to complete an outpatient drug program, reported TMZ.
Lange was taken into custody when he reportedly tested positive for cocaine, according to Page Six. Drug consumption is a violation of his probation, which typically results in some greater form of penalty or added time to the current sentence.
Lange’s team did confirm that he will undergo a “long term treatment plan,” however they did not confirm that he was necessarily “arrested,” like much of the mainstream media suggested. However, his team later commented on the news, saying the comedian was taken into custody to “sober up.”
Currently, it is unclear how Lange’s violation of his probation will impact his sentencing. This story is developing and will be updated as more details are released to the public.
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