Hasselhoff: tape of him drunk made him think
EmptyA videotape made by David Hasselhoff's daughters shows the recovering alcoholic falling off the wagon, Hasselhoff acknowledged Thursday, but the actor added that he is doing much better since it was made.
The video, which aired Thursday on TV tabloid shows, depicts an apparently inebriated Hasselhoff, clad only in blue jeans, lying on the floor of a room and clumsily eating a hamburger while one of his daughters remonstrates with him about his drinking.
"I am a recovering alcoholic," Hasselhoff said in a statement issued Thursday. "Despite that I have been going through a painful divorce and I have recently been separated from my children due to my work, I have been successfully dealing with my issue. Unfortunately, one evening I did have a brief relapse, but part of recovery is relapse.
"Because of my honest and positive relationship with my daughters, who were concerned for my well-being, there was a tape made that night to show me what I was like. I have seen the tape. I have learned from it and I am back on my game."
The tape was reportedly made about three months ago by Hasselhoff's 16-year-old daughter, Taylor-Ann, in a hotel room in Las Vegas, where the former "Baywatch" star has been appearing in a stage version of "The Producers."
Hasselhoff's publicist, Judy Katz, said she could not confirm those details.
On the tape, a girl's voice is heard saying: "Dad, you need to promise me you're not gonna get alcohol tonight, OK?
"If you get alcohol tonight you're fired from your show tomorrow," the girl continues. "And a doctor's coming over here in the morning to check your alcohol level and if there's any alcohol in your system you're gonna be fired from the show. Tomorrow. You hear me? No alcohol."
"OK," Hasselhoff replies in a slurred voice.
"Extra" said the tape also includes the girl repeatedly asking Hasselhoff why he continued to "do this" to himself.
"Cause I'm lonely. I have trouble in my life," he replies.
Hasselhoff, 54, filed for divorce from Pamela Bach last year after 16 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Bach, 43, filed her own divorce papers, also citing irreconcilable differences.
In addition to Taylor-Ann, they have a 14-year-old daughter, Hayley.