Glee's Cory Monteith enters rehab for substance addiction

02/04/13

Cory Monteith

Glee star Cory Monteith has entered a rehabilitation facility where he is being treated for substance addiction, according to his publicist.

A statement said the actor, who plays Finn in the TV series, "asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery".

It added that Monteith's decision to seek treatment was voluntary.

I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision
Lea Michele

It offered no details about the nature of the addiction other than that it was a "substance addiction".

The Canadian actor has starred on the musical series since 2009 as singing sports star Finn Hudson.

He is expected to be absent from the show's final episodes later this series after becoming Glee club director in the show's fourth series.

Lea Michele, Monteith's girlfriend and Glee co-star, issued a statement saying: "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision."

In recent years the 30-year-old has openly discussed having had what he called a serious drug problem during his early teenage years.

He had previously entered a treatment facility at the age of 19.

20th Century Fox Television, which makes Glee, also issued a statement of support saying the show looked forward to his return.

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