Tatum O’Neal: ‘My dog died so I bought crack’

June 3rd, 2008 // 43 Comments

Tatum O’Neal has changed her tune on why she bought crack cocaine which led to her arrest early Monday morning. Originally, she told officers she was researching a role, but now Tatum’s come clean to the New York Post. It was her dog’s fault:

“I lost my Scottish terrier, Lena,” three weeks ago. “That seemed to set me off.
“She got old. She got cancer. She was the fabric of our family. We had to let her go to heaven. My daughter and I had to put her down. It was too horrible for words.”

I think I speak for everybody when I say Tatum O’Neal should just stop talking and retire back to her home – deep in the heart of obscurity.

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  1. ph7

    She’s one crack whore I’d let blow me for a fix.

  2. yukadoozer

    She presents much better on drugs.

  3. Gerry & Cookie Fleck

    “God loves a terrier
    yes he does
    God loves a terrier
    that’s because
    brown sturdy bright and true
    they give their hearts to you
    God didn’t miss a stitch
    be it dog or be it bitch
    when he made the Norwich merrier
    with his cute little ‘derrier’
    yes God loves a terrier!”

  4. Corlyss

    Blaming it on your dead dog? That’s so much worse than kids saying their dog ate their homework. Fuck off, Tatum. Yes, pets are special and precious to a family, but they are never the “fabric.” If your dog is the one thing holding your family together, gtfo now.

  5. English Bob

    That’s a great idea, blame your offence on a deceased loved one. You can’t go wrong with this surely ??? I’d like to see O.J. up in court blaming his gun crimes on the loss of his dead wife.

  6. veggi

    In fairness, her dog didn’t commit atrocities like Nick Hogan’s passenger did.

  7. Crackhead

    I’m soooo going to use this excuse. Good luck Tatum.

  8. havoc

    Okay, lets see if I’ve got this….

    “I lost my Scottish terrier, Lena,”
    I need cocaine.
    “That seemed to set me off.
    I need cocaine.
    “She got old.
    I need cocaine.
    She got cancer.
    So I bought cocaine.


  9. Prof

    Your dog dies so you buy crack cocaine to help get over it… LOL! WTF would she take if a person she loves dies??? Just admit your a damn crackhead and you got caught trying to smoke your crack rocks by the po po! In the immortal words of Don King-ONLY in America!

  10. Sam

    Why didn’t she blame it on John McEnroe? People would be vaguely confused but they’d still think it was somehow his fault.

  11. mimi

    Just pray for her A-holes!

  12. What a coincidence – I get high off my dog’s crack.

  13. Yea, I get it… that happened to me once. But you know what I did when my dog died? I bought another fucking dog.

    #11 – I’m praying for you right now.

  14. vapid

    HA FRIT!!!, lol……….hilarious

  15. Randal


    Never forget the lessons of the past they’re
    going to hanunt you forever. The key is not
    to let them drag you down. The second you
    give into those addictions is the second
    you lose all control. And now, Tatum, it’s
    up to the prosecutors.

    Never forget that your strength will keep you
    going in these hard times. Today may be hard
    to deal with, but tomorrow’s new beginning will
    let you grow stronger inside and with God. If
    you let Him help you, you can perservere. Get
    down on your knees tonight and pray.


  16. Randal, I agree with the “Get down on your knees” part – she’s looking pretty good for a middle aged crack whore.

  17. carson

    she must be on crack to think either excuse would work…

  18. @16 You so funny troll..

  19. Auntie Kryst

    “She was the fabric of our family” is such a fucking typical statement of small dog owners..

  20. #11 & #15 – you guys are fags. maybe you both should get on your knees together.

    Tatum hasn’t been news worthy since she slutted it up with Kristy McNichol back in the late 70′s causing many young boys to get their first boners.

  21. SB

    “Just pray for her A-holes!”

    She has more than one? Dude, no wonder she was buying crack… for the extra cracks…

    And gee, when I had to put my beloved Newf to sleep last year, I just cried and had a bourbon. If only I’d known about crack therapy!

  22. Was she high when she released that statement? I hope so!

  23. Wendy

    What she meant was, she used to avoid arrest by stashing the dope in her dog’s ass. Sure, it tasted a little funky when she smoked it, but at least she stayed out of jail.

  24. Katie

    Maybe she did just fall off the wagon due to an extremley sad situaltion. I say have her drop a UA and see if she has stayed clean up to this point. If so, give her a SMALL break.


    Look, Tatum is supposedly a nice person who has an addiction her entire life. I blame her fucked-up father, but that’s just me. Like most drunks and addicts, when they’re around the stuff, they get crazy. She didn’t try to hurt anyone except herself, and the death of her dog probably did set off her latest round of troubles. Addiction is a powerful thing EMOTIONALLY, she’s obviously been fighting it for years and years, no need to pile on. She probably feels degraded anyway right about now.

  26. Snarky McComments

    She’s God Awful looking in these pictures. Hey Tatum, forget the crack. You should have bought some make up when the dog croaked!

  27. Prayers and Assorted Sordid Rituals (Seances?)

    Hey #11 &15,

    Fuck this and all these whores. If that had been me you would have had them throw the book at me. Why don’t you HollyHebeWood worshipping dullards just go watch TV and shut the fuck up. The losers are fodder for our amusement. They have all made tons of sleasy money for nothing and have it coming.

    UNCLE NED blow it out your ass.

  28. Sid

    #27 – not that you’re tiny and bitter or anything…

  29. spicegrrl

    #28 …or anti-semitic or incapable of recognizing sarcasm…

  30. justifiable

    #10 Wait, John McEnroe died?

  31. crabby old guy

    Ya know, we had a pet goldfish die a today.

    “Goldie” was a valued and trusted member of our family. We all grew from knowing her – emotionally…spritually. And while she couldn’t master the various tricks we had tried to teach her (answering the door when I was in the shower, ordering pizza, algebra), we will miss her loving smile and gentle gazes.

    Well, gotta go flush ‘er down the bowl – we’re about to head out for a fish fry.

    Too soon? WWTD (What Would Tatum Do)?

  32. havoc

    My neighbor’s cat died.

    I’m so wasted……


  33. L dubba

    Didn’t she write a tell all book about her addictions, and went on a talk show circuit telling everybody how great she is?

    She must have been using prior to this. How in the hell do you decide you are going to up and buy some crack because your dog kicked the bucket?

    Tatum=Full of Shit=Not telling us the whole story.

    Just wait, there is going to be a flurry of people coming forward saying she has been steady buying drugs from them, just to get their fifteen minutes in.

  34. Ofcourse, I take it for granted!!
    ……….WHO WOULDN’T?

  35. Hollywood

    I am bitter? As I watch my country get carted away and the masses (of idiots) drugged by the alure of celebrity and movies and other distracting fictions (like the presidential election), I often wonder where I will be in 10 years. What will this place be like. The economy. The next big war. Will there be martial law after the next massive and multiple terrorist strike.
    Me – tiny? Hey Sid. C’mon over and find out, homo.

  36. Igottabemeeee

    So the death of the the dog must have been sad for her daughter too, right? Was she planning on sharing her crack with little Suzie Snowflake? Would they cry, and smoke some crack, and eat some cheesecake, and bond together? Now that’s good parenting there. Line her up with Kfed and Dina Lohan for parent of the year!

  37. silvereyes

    @35 yes, martial law by the end of the year, just wait.

  38. Navel Gazer

    Wow. I’d be pissed if I were her. Amy Winehouse has yet to be busted.
    I reccommend all crack monkeys move to England immediately for your own safety.

  39. Dorito Man

    Forty four and smoking crack cocaine. Houston, we have a problem.

    Guys, don’t even think about going anywhere near this one. Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!

  40. Jim

    Mmmm, not her fan. I saw her profile on “S e e k i n g R i c h . c o m ” last week. “She is already in relationship with a young billionaire on our site”, according to the officials of that site.

  41. Dawn

    Um, yeah, right. I had my dog put to sleep last week too. It was hard for me also, but silly me, I never thought to hit a crack pipe. I just cried. What was I thinking?

  42. I have started reading this book and love it so far! I just couldn’t wait for it to go in to paper back

  43. Um, yeah, right. I had my dog put to sleep last week too. It was hard for me also, but silly me, I never thought to hit a crack pipe. I just cried. What was I thinking?

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