RAW Last Night, Dr. Astin/Johnny Grunge Connection

Ryan Clark


With RAW being in Los Angeles last night several celebrities were in attendance. Actors Jamie Kennedy and Shane West were there along with Hugh Hefnerâ<80><99>s girlfriends Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilson, and Internet radio host and comedian Tom Green.

There is an article in todayâ<80><99>s edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution talking about the connection between Chris Benoitâ<80><99>s former physician Dr. Phil Astin and the late Michael â<80><9c>Johnny Grungeâ<80> Durham. According to the paper, Astin wrote 32 of the final 36 prescriptions Durham received during the final year of his life. Austin, who refused comment, was one of eleven doctors that Durham used to get prescriptions from 1999 to the time he died in February 2006. Durhamâ<80><99>s final prescription was for a bottle of 120 somas which was found empty the next day when Durham died. Durhamâ<80><99>s widow Penny supplied the pharmacy records. Astin was indicted last summer for illegally dispensing medication to two patients and was charged in the wake of the Benoit family tragedy.

The following article is from ACTION NEWS 2 of WSBTV in Atlanta. ATLANTA — A former wrestling star charged with forcing women into prostitution is representing himself in federal court. Harrison Norris, Jr. was known as “Hard Body Harrison” during his wrestling days. He wrestled for the WCW franchise — World Championship Wrestling — from 1994 to 1999. Now, he is charged with holding six women against their will and forcing them to become prostitutes. Norris stood before the jury Monday, still wearing his orange prison jumpsuit, and laid out his case on why he shouldn’t be convicted of what essentially amounts to slavery. He is acting as his own attorney, something that even his court-appointed standby council says is very risky. “In terms of criminal prosecution this is the top of the food chain. Lawyers go through law school, years of experience to be able to try cases at this level so he is relatively inexperienced at it and it’s obviously very risky,” said Akil Secret, Norris’ standby council. Norris was arrested in 2005 after authorities raided his Bartow County home. What emerged was a tale of abduction, forced prostitution and threats of violence against six women the government says were held against their will.

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