Robin Williams Enters Rehab for Alcoholism
August 9, 2006

Superstar Robin Williams checked himself into rehab Wednesday.

Robin's publicist told "Extra" that after 20 years of sobriety, the star found himself drinking again.

In a statement, Williams' publicist told us, "He decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family."

"Extra" recently spoke with Robin on the set of his new movie "License to Wed," where the comedian joked about playing a marriage counselor to Mandy Moore and her fiancé in the film.

His publicist now tells us he hopes to return to work this fall.

Meanwhile, a famous director is taking sides on the evolving Mel Gibson scandal.

They teamed up for the sci-fi thriller "Signs," but now there is no mystery how director M. Night Shyamalan feels about Mel.

"He's a guy who's very kind to everyone around him," the director revealed. "He's never treated anyone badly."

At Tuesday night's London premiere of M. Night's new mystery "Lady in the Water," the decorated director told "Extra" that Mel will survive the scandal.

"Who he is will always come out," Shyamalan predicted. "And I think he's an inspiring, sweet guy so eventually he'll overcome all this."

But one California politician apparently fears Mel's Malibu mess could become a "Lethal Weapon."

Mel wrote a letter endorsing Tom McClintock, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor. But McClintock decided to stop using the fundraising appeal following Gibson's arrest.

"Extra" is also setting the record straight about rumors swirling around Mel's yet-to-be-released movie, "Apocalypto."

Reports claimed Disney was trying to find another company to distribute Mel's Mayan epic, but the studio told us on Wednesday it's not true.


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