Representatives for Macaulay Culkin have issued a fiercely-worded denial over claims the Home Alone star has a $6,000-a-month drug habit.
A spokeswoman for Macaulay Culkin branded the claims published in the National Enquirer as “ridiculously fictitious” and “insulting”.
The National Enquirer reported today that Macaulay Culkin regularly shoots up heroin and the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone – dubbed hillbilly heroin.
The article went on to say the former child star turned his Manhattan apartment into a drug den where he gets high either by himself or with friends.
Responding to the allegations, Macaulay Culkin’s publicist Michelle Bega says: “The report in the National Enquirer that Macaulay Culkin is addicted to heroin and assorted hallucinogenics is not only categorically without merit, but it is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious.”
Michelle Bega added that the story was “destructive and insulting”, to her client.
The National Enquirer claims Macaulay Culkin’s drug use intensified 18 months ago – around the time he split from long-term girlfriend Mila Kunis, who is now dating Ashton Kutcher.
A source told the publication: “Macaulay Culkin is hooked on drugs and it’s killing him.
“He’s been hooked for a year and a half, and his drug of choice is either heroin or oxycodone.
“Mac is surrounding himself with junkies and lowlifes. It’s a real tragedy.”
The source – described by the Enquirer as a “close friend” – also claimed Macaulay Culkin has had a close brush with death in the past year and almost overdosed.
“Mac suffered a near overdose, and needed help,” the insider said.
“Fortunately he didn’t need to call 911 and the near-OD was kept quiet among his pals. But Mac got very sick.”
In February, pictures of Macaulay Culkin looking emaciated and shockingly made headlines.
At the time his representatives strenuously denied the actor was addicted to prescription drugs or heroin amid reports the 5-foot-7 star’s weight had dropped to 104 lbs.
Macaulay Culkin is best know for his roles as cheeky Kevin McCallister in the 1990 film Home Alone and the 1992 sequel, Home Alone: Lost In New York.
He also starred in the likes of Uncle Buck, My Girl and Richie Rich.
But his adult career has failed to match the blockbuster success of his childhood days.
In 2003 Macaulay Culkin played a drug-addled club hopper alongside Seth Green in Party Monster, while his last film role was in 2007 in the Indie flick Sex And Breakfast.
These days he earns a living DJ-ing at clubs around New York.
Macaulay Culkin’s half sister Jennifer Adamson died of a drug overdose in 2000.
In another tragic twist, the National Enquirer reports that a female friend of Macaulay Culkin’s died earlier this year of a heroin overdose.
Elijah Rosello died in March aged 24, with a family source telling the publication that she would do drugs with Macaulay Culkin on occasion.