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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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