Sunday 22 April 2018

Celebrities to testify in actor's acne drug lawsuit

Robert Winnett in Washington

HOLLYWOOD actors will become star witnesses this week in an actor's legal case over the safety of one of the world's most used acne drugs.

James Marshall, who starred in several films and television shows in the 1980s and 1990s, including 'Twin Peaks' and 'A Few Good Men', claims his career was ruined after he started using Accutane.

Marshall (43) is seeking damages of $11m (€8.4m) from Roche, the drug's original manufacturer. He will allege it caused bowel problems leading to the removal of his colon.

His case will be supported by actors Martin Sheen and Rob Reiner. They will tell a New Jersey jury that Marshall was heading for stardom before his condition developed.

Accutane and generic forms of the drug used to treat acne have been linked to clinical depression, bowel ailments and problems during pregnancy.

It has been blamed for triggering the suicides of hundreds of teenagers. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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