Thursday 18 January 2018

Authorities track stricken NBA star Lamar Odom's stay at Nevada brothel

Lamar Odom was found unconscious with white and reddish substances coming from his nose and mouth. (AP)
Lamar Odom was found unconscious with white and reddish substances coming from his nose and mouth. (AP)

Authorities are retracing Lamar Odom's 75,000 dollar (£48,000) visit to the brothel where he was found unconscious as the former NBA and reality TV star remains in hospital.

There has been no official word on Odom's condition, but the Rev Jesse Jackson visited him and said he was on life support.

Meanwhile the Kardashian family have been sparring with the Nevada brothel's owner over media attention surrounding the incident.

Odom's grandmother, Florence Odom, declined to comment on his status but said she was becoming distressed at unfounded speculation that her grandson would be taken off life support.

His father Joe also declined to discuss his condition, saying that information was confidential.

Nye County law enforcement and brothel officials said Odom's incident was a rarity for the Love Ranch, in the rural community of Crystal, and have summed it up as a possible drug-related medical episode.

"We're going to be looking at the entire situation, how he actually came to be where he is now," Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said at a news conference.

Odom was found unconscious at the legal brothel on Tuesday with white and reddish substances coming from his nose and mouth. His breathing was consistent but he seemed to be in a deep sleep-like state, said Richard Hunter, a Love Ranch spokesman and one of the people who called 911.

The 6ft 10in star was to be flown by helicopter about 80 miles to Las Vegas, but he had to be taken by ambulance because he could not fit in the aircraft.

Odom's estranged wife Khloe Kardashian rushed to his side at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centre, and friends, teammates and loved ones have visited and posted requests for prayers on social media.

Authorities have taken a blood sample to find out if Odom overdosed on drugs or alcohol, but the results could take several weeks.

Kardashian's representatives have asked Mr Hof not to speak to the press, but he said he is troubled by the lack of communication from the reality TV star.

"I know what happened," Mr Hof said. "I'm the one protecting my business and telling the truth about it."

Kardashian's rep said they politely asked Mr Hof to respect their privacy.

Mr Hunter said Odom scheduled his brothel visit a week in advance and asked for a ride to the site on Saturday, arriving at 4.30pm. He paid by credit card after putting down an initial 10% deposit for the reservation, Odom's first visit to the Love Ranch.

Odom spent about 75,000 dollars for a minimum four-day stay, Mr Hof said. The site has a five-day maximum policy, but the owner said Odom talked about staying the entire week to celebrate Mr Hof's recent birthday.

When he got to the brothel, Odom told at least one of the women he had done a "small amount of cocaine" that day, Mr Hunter said.

He added Odom knew the brothel has a strict anti-drugs policy, and the only drugs anyone there saw him take were herbal sexual performance enhancement capsules. But Mr Hunter noted the company does not search customers and said he could not rule out the possibility that Odom used other substances.

Press Association

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