Ex-'Hollywood Madam' hit with charge

July 12, 2008 6:43:54 AM PDT
Former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss is facing felony drug use and possession charges stemming from a February traffic stop in the rural Nevada town where she lives. The Nye County district attorney filed a two-count complaint Thursday accusing the 42-year-old Fleiss of unlawful use of methamphetamine and possession of the painkiller hydrocodone without a prescription.

Fleiss tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal she has "a bit of a substance abuse problem" and says she intends to seek private treatment.

Prosecutors say it took almost five months to process Fleiss' blood test results after her arrest on a driving under the influence charge that the DA decided not to pursue.

Fleiss operates a coin-operated laundry, called Dirty Laundry, in Pahrump, 60 miles west of Las Vegas.

She moved to Nevada in 2005, after having been jailed in California for running a prostitution ring.

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