Scott Thorson was arrested last week after failing a drug test.
The one-time boyfriend of musical legend Liberace found himself back in jail in Reno, Nevada after having tested positive for methamphetamine during a random parole drug test.
Scott Thorson – who now goes by the alias Jess Marlow – has consistently battled drug addiction, but it wasn’t until a book he wrote about his life with Liberace was turned into a movie that he received much attention.
He was played by Matt Damon opposite Michael Douglas’ Liberace in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra.
Scott Thorson and Liberace were together for five years, starting in 1976 when Thorson was just 16 years old.
But their relationship ended in a messy break-up. In 1982, Liberace kicked the job-less Scott Thorson, whose drug habits started getting worse, out of his house.
Eventually Scott Thorson sued Liberace for $113 million, and the pianist settled out of court for $75,000, giving up three cars and two pet dogs as well. Liberace died in 1987 after succumbing to an AIDS-related illness.
In July, Scott Thorson, 54, was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to burglary and identify theft charges.
He will have to deal with the consequences of breaking the terms of his probation in court this week.
However, Scott Thorson’s attorney David Houston feels that the drug testing was wrong.
Scott Thorson, who is currently in remission for anal cancer and had to have nasal surgery recently, asked not to be tested so he could take needed medication.
“I have not seen this much of a concerted effort of those in the system to have someone fail in all of my years of practice,” David Houston told the Reno Gazette-Journal .
David Houston believes that the results could be a false positive due to the drugs prescribed during his nasal surgery.