Sunday, May 4, 2008

CSI Star Gary Dourdan Speaks About DUI Arrest

CSI star Gary Dourdan is speaking out about his recent arrest. "Obviously I am embarrassed to find myself in this situation, and I am profoundly grateful to everyone for their support," Gary said in a statement to PEOPLE. "I have complete confidence in and respect for the justice system and will cooperate fully with any investigation."

Earlier today on, host Shaun Robinson revealed a detailed e-mail exchange she had with Gary, a friend. A spokesman for Gary tells PEOPLE, "This was a personal text to a friend taken completely out of context." The exchange was not intended for air or publication.

In the e-mail to Shaun, Gary, 41, apologized to his fans and explained the circumstances that led to his arrest Monday in Palm Springs, Calif., where police discovered him asleep in his car, which was parked on the wrong side of the road.

“Obviously I certainly wish I hadn’t been responsible for so many people getting to the festival’s VIP area,” Gary wrote, referring to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. “And the after party, it ran me ragged, but I’m glad pulling over did prevent a DUI.” He also goes on to say, “I am blessed that the Sgt. realized that the luggage carrying whatever they found was not mine and that my tests have been coming back negative.”

Gary was found in possession of suspected cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and prescription pills, police say. He posted $5,000 bail and was released. Gary returned to work on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation shortly after his arrest. The actor has not been formally charged. His arraignment is set for May 28.


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