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Andrew Gillum enters alcohol rehab after Miami hotel incident allegedly involving crystal meth and a male escort

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Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum announced Sunday that he is entering alcohol rehab, after a Thursday night incident in which police found him intoxicated in a hotel room where they also found bags of crystal meth, the Daily Caller reported.

Gillum said he had too much to drink that night in Miami Beach, but denied ever having done methamphetamines.

Gillum says he suffers from depression

"After conversation with my family and deep reflection, I have made the decision to seek help, guidance and enter a rehabilitation facility at this time," Gillum said in a statement. "This has been a wake-up call for me. Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person."

What happened in Miami Beach?

Miami Beach Police found Gillum in the hotel room with another man, Travis Dyson. Dyson, 30, was allegedly suffering from an overdose, and Gillum, 40, was found in the bathroom vomiting, unable to communicate, according to the incident report.

Gillum said in a statement later that he was out celebrating a wedding and had too much to drink. Dyson, who is reportedly a gay male escort and self-describes as a "porn-star performer," said he was not celebrating a wedding and said Gillum never mentioned one.

A source told TheBlaze's Giancarlo Sopo that police found Gillum in a compromising state. He reported:

A source with direct knowledge of the Miami Beach Police Department's response to the scene told TheBlaze that first responders said they allegedly found Gillum in a state of complete undress and Dyson wearing "chaps," which Dictionary.com defines as "a kinky or provocative article of clothing, which leave the butt and sometimes crotch exposed," when they arrived at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel room.
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