Judd Apatow ‘won’t give up’ on Artie Lange after arrest

Judd Apatow has no plans to give up on Artie Lange following the comedian’s arrest.
The 49-year-old, who stars in new U.S. show Crashing, was busted last Sunday (12Mar17) after police in Hoboken found cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia both on him and in his car.
He was taken into custody and booked on three separate charges before he was released, reports TMZ.com.
Judd, who is executive producer on the HBO show, spoke out in support of Lange following the arrest.
“We would never give up on Artie or anyone struggling with addiction,” the Knocked Up director wrote after news broke on Friday (17Mar17).
Lange, who has a long history of substance abuse and reportedly tried to commit suicide in 2010, took to Twitter shortly after the news hit headlines, and assured fans he was doing well.
“Hey guys. I was arrested. I’m doing great. Physically too!,” he posted, before praising the “professional” arresting officers for treating him so well during the incident. “To u worried fans pls know I love u. Also know I’ve never wanted to live more! If HBO has to let me go Its my bad! Judd, Pete (Holmes, Crashing creator and star) & u. Thx! (sic)” he added.
Lange, who rose to fame as shock jock DJ Howard Stern’s sidekick, then insisted he was doing his best to stay healthy: “I wish I could tell u how my story ends,” he tweeted. “I hope it’s being old & smiling cuz of unique memories. But I’m such a flawed person guys. Tryin (sic)!”
The comedian plays himself in HBO’s hit show, which stars Pete as a struggling New York comic. Lange’s real-life history of drug and alcohol abuse was addressed in the show’s second episode, and he recently said of his role in Crashing, “Playing myself is like a therapy session, going back over all that.”