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Benoit Doc to Face Federal Charges

7/2/2007 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris BenoitThe personal physician of wrestler Chris Benoit turned himself in on Monday to face a single federal drug charge involving improperly prescribing painkillers and other drugs.

Dr. Phil Astin had his office raided last week in connection with the Benoit investigation. No arrests were made and authorities would not say what was seized. Dr. Astin's office is located approximately 50 miles from Benoit's home. He saw Benoit just hours before the WWE star killed his wife and son.

Manny Arora, Astin's attorney, said the doctor "is doing about as good as can be expected. He's disappointed and surprised."

Dr. Astin is expected to appear before a judge later today. Stay tuned.


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Cynic    

Good. Not that it will help the family now...too bad he wasn't investigated in time to save the Benoits.

2578 days ago
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Lucas    

Why then is Howard K Stern and Dr. Kristine Eroshevich being charged for both misappropriating themselves regarding Anna Nicole Smiths drugs?

Stern lied under oath and said ANS never took any drugs in his name. And Dr. Erochevich prescribed enough pills to kill an army.

2578 days ago
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Tangie    

A little too late.

2578 days ago
4.

Gtobrat    

Agree with you Lucas. Maybe Dr. E andDr. K should be a little nervous. Just because nothing has been done yet doesn't mean it won't be. Sometimes the wheels of justice move very slowly.

2578 days ago
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Iron Sheek    

http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wherearetheynow/4035870/sullivanphotos/classicsullivan/

Good job WWE! Dis ist Chris Benoit being strangled with the ropes in a match with Keven Sullivan. Classy to keep the pic up for so long! /sarcasm

2578 days ago
6.

Siobhan Reynolds    

Wake up people! The Federal government is doing nothing more than grabbing power by charging this doctor.
Do you really think that this doctor can rightfully be held responsible for the murderous actions of a GROWN MAN! Do you really think this arrest wasn't "soon enough"? The doctor should have been jailed before his patient committed murder? Are you kidding?

As a result of this kind of nonsense and the public's unquestioning acceptance of it, millions of truly sick people in pain cannot find doctors to treat their pain with the great "evil" controlled substances. Doctors will no longer take the risk. Thousands of innocent Americans are committing suicide as a result.
When are the American people going to quit buying into this con? When are you going to stop asking Federal law enforcement to protect you from your doctors?
We have become a nation of fools, fools who want to blame other people, or "evil" drugs, or demon rum for their own bad behavior. Pathetic.
Siobhan Reynolds
Painreliefnetwork.org

2578 days ago
7.

fran    

If benoit has no roides in his system are they going to check his wife's blood?
Scarey to see her ex hubby choked chris with the ropes..isn't it?in link above
I still don't know what to think...I hope the find the answers.
I am praying for the families

2578 days ago
8.

Maple leaf forever    

Siobhan #8, I agree with you completely. I was in a horrible 70MPH (110km/h) car crash while living in the U.S. and developed Fibromyalgia. I could get absolutely no help from all the Doctors and specialists I was sent to. I think it all comes down to the fear of accountability and lawsuits there. I came back up to Canada and was given proper pain medication, and with the Fentanyl I can live a near-normal life. Problem is it is too cold here in the winter and I went back to the U.S. only to find that even with a Canadian Rx the doctors were too concerned about these 'opioids' and would not re-new my scripts during my 4-month stay.

It is very, very sad how pain is so under treated and more must be done to let people have some 'quality of life'!

2578 days ago
9.

Frankie Hoge    


IT'S WAY PAST THE TIME FOR ARRESTS IN THE ANNA NICOLE AND DANIEL SMITH DEATHS.........
THERE NEEDS TO BE JUSTICE FOR THOSE TWO.....THOSE WHO BURIED ANNA WITH SO MUCH FAN FARE....WHICH THEY WERE PAID DEARLY FOR.......ARE NOW THE ONE'S BENEFITING FROM HER DEATH AS WELL AS OFF OF HER INNOCENT BABY...WHO, BY THE WAY, WAS GOING TO BE SOOOOO PROTECTED FROM THE PHOTO ""HOGS"" AND GIVEN A NORMAL LIFE...HA HA...
SHE'S STILL IN THE PIC WITH COWARD $TERN...WHO HER OWN GUTLESS FATHER SHOULD BE PROTECTING HER FROM.....YET...HE CHOOSES INSTEAD TO KEEP HER FROM HER GRANDMOTHER AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE MAN HER FATHER SAID SUPPLIED HER MOM WITH DRUGS AND IS HER DAD'S BUDDY NOW...................
THERE NEEDS TO BE ALOT OF THESE SLIME BUCKETS PUT IN JAIL......

2578 days ago
10.

sara    

I am sure they checked Sullivan's alibi since he lives in Florida and has been remarried for awhile. He hasn't talked to Nancy in years except when he congratulated her on Daniel's birth. Many wrestlers choked Benoit... they do that in wrestling. Geez. If they look into Sullivan, maybe they should look into his ex wife? >sigh< Also, all this speculation on Sherri and the other wrestler that died... the guy was a for sure drug related, and Sherri will probably be also, since she had a history of drug abuse. Dying of an OD is not a natural death is it? They can check his wife's tox all they want, but since she can't tie herself up and was killed first since she was already in rigor when they found her and her skin was marblized, I strongly doubt she could have woke from the dead, tied up, and put a pully around her 235 lb husband. Lord.

2578 days ago
11.

mrpoet    

The devil plagues many of those that are lost in Faith in many ways - this tragic incident with Chris Benoit, a devastating moment to his fans, admirers and those those of us that have watched him earlier at our age and growing up to envy such talent Mr. Benoit produces on a wrestling match. That Back Hand smack across the chest makes you feel you could feel the pain as your watching him smacking the other wrestler . It's such a shame to see great talent and entertainer like that explode. Is it me or is this world coming to an end? because just a few months ago it was with that Duke shooting incident. I seriously think the Lord is letting us know that he is returning soon. Where there is evil , Good is there and overcomes ..

Watch out for the that demon and kick him to the curb when he's coming at you with disguise and get your life back with Jesus now!!

Know your rights! Resist the devil and he will flee from you!!

2577 days ago
12.

aussie girl    

No wonder Chris cracked with his Dr supplying a 10 mth supply of steroids every 3-4wks. The Dr would have known the danger in over prescribing drugs that have such dangerous side effects.It seems the Dr's that supply to the stars should be screened on a regular basis.Look how many of the celebs are hooked on pain killers from their Dr's.I suffer from chronic backpain and one of my medications made me very aggresive,I was told it has that effect on some people,so i stopped taking it.I recall I would to just go into a rage which i couldn't control.This Dr should also be held accountable for this tradgedy,as his supply of drugs contributed to it.

2577 days ago
13.

hoot313    

Maybe they should charge Benoit's doctor for the murders

2577 days ago
14.

Missy    

Benoit is the only one responsible for his actions. People commit suicide often. Why is this case any different than any other? OH I KNOW. It's because he is this public figure. Celebrities know that taking too many different drugs can be harmful, but they find these doctors that cater too their needs. When bad things befall them they should deal with it.

2577 days ago
15.

Renee    

if they are going to go after chris benoit's dr they need to go after anna nicole's dr's enough already guys start making some arrest do your job already. i think keeping a woman supplied with methadone the intire time she's pregnant and making sure she's got enough chloral-hydrate for howard to give her regurlarly is enough probable cause

2576 days ago
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