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Stallone

Charged with Importing Steroids

Down Under

3/12/2007 7:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0312_sylvester_stallone_bn-1Just moments ago, Sylvester Stallone was officially charged with illegally importing performance and image enhancing drugs in a Sydney courtroom, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to Australian authorities, the 60-year-old action star, who did not appear in court, was caught at Sydney Airport with several vials of a steroid known as hGH (human growth hormone), during a random baggage check. Customs officials claim they found a total of 48 vials of the steroid after they raided Stallone's Sydney hotel room, limousine and private jet.

Stallone will be required to enter a plea on April 24. If found guilty, he faces a maximum fine of $22,000 Austrailian.

According to steroid.com, "Bodybuilders may illicitly self-administer hGH to improve size and strength, usually by subcutaneous injection into the lower abdomen." HGH has also "become a popular but expensive medication prescribed in anti-aging therapies."

Stallone was visiting Australia in February to promote his latest film "Rocky Balboa. Calls to Sly's rep were not immediately returned.

Reps for Stallone had no comment.

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ashley pierro    

thank u to all the people that say HGH isnt a steroid because it isnt. its a hormone. different. im 13 nd im giving sly high fives.hes my idol,hes a hot 60 yr old italian. ok. he made a mistake. its all austrailan presses fault. WE FORGIVE YOU SLY EVAN IF U DIDNT DO NETHING WRONG!!!! I LOVE U!!!

-ashley 13 hawthorne new jersey

2658 days ago
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Ernie    

First!

2747 days ago
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Barb    

Sounds as if wife Jennifer Flavin-Stallone's skincare line, "Serious Skincare" isn't helping Sly as well as the Mrs. claims on HSN during product hawking. He was an "A-Force" lover!

2747 days ago
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L.S    

he needs more then steroids! that dude got so ugly..

2747 days ago
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That explains things!    

He has a retarded gene folks...give 'em a break! He needs all the help he can get.

2747 days ago
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Dave O    

First off you are a dude commenting on a 60 year old guys looks.

Big suprise here. It is impossible to build the amount of mucle at age 60 that he did for his newest movie. There is nothing wrong with taking this drug responsibly. If done correctly there is no side effects accept for feeling younger and looking better. Any DR. would love to be able to prescribe this to people over the age of 45.

2747 days ago
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Torrie    

This is so sad! Glad I didn't pay money to see RockyBallsOver.
I'd be asking for a refund if I had....................................................

2747 days ago
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Sean Bresnahan    

That explains the dark, youthful eyebrows!

2747 days ago
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Lenn K.    

I've always wondered, but I guess now I know. I guess he is the Barry Bonds of the acting world!!!!!!!!!!

2747 days ago
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Brad Hillery    

Give the man a break! He looks MAHVALOUS just MAHVALOUS!

2747 days ago
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There is no such thing as reality tv    

Oh no, not Stallone, too. We expect it (sad to say) of young celebs but now even "Rocky" is in trouble with the law.

Scientologists out in Hollywood are starting to look good compared to the rest of the drunks and druggies!

2747 days ago
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Stacy    

I guess they don't call you SLY for nothing!!! He must have just purchased it cause if he's been using it for awhile....its not working.

2747 days ago
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brian scott miller    

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooo!

2747 days ago
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He's Boring now    

So sad he hasnt publicly commented on this, other than to say "its all a misunderstanding"..whats to misunderstand? You're taking HGH, legally or illeglly, but transporting that stuff into any country you feel like isnt right.

I'm sure it will come out that he's taking it under that anti aging guru's regime and not for the body building qualities it brings. I did notice his head and face getting larger and an even more pronounced slurring of his words.

Not sure its working Slyvester...why not just age gracefully and naturally, using diet and exercise...seems to work or a lot of people...

Hope the exposure brings an even hotter spotlight to its use in Sports.

Jerk

2747 days ago
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tba    

OK, Stallone is taking HGH which is probably not good for him. However, he's not a professional athlete who is cheating on the competition. Stallone is in show business which relies upon looks and image. His sin is no worst that those who continually butcher themselves at a plastic surgeon, inject collegen, roast themselve on a tanning bed or replace hair and teeth. So, let's not get so high and mighty when a 60 year old still wants to look 30. The only person he's hurting is himself and he knows it's a calculated risk.

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