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Unicef reviews Persbrandt role after cocaine bust

The Local/pvs · 19 Mar 2011, 09:37

Published: 19 Mar 2011 09:37 GMT+01:00

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"We disapprove that he has taken drugs, and we intend to forward this opinion to him," said Ingeborg Ekblom at Unicef Sweden to the Aftonbladet daily.

Persbrandt was signed up as a Unicef ambassador in 2006 and has featured in several films promoting the organisation.

Following reports that the 47-year-old actor was arrested in January after having taken cocaine in a Stockholm nightspot, Unicef is reviewing whether Persbrandt is the right person to represent them, the newspaper reported.

"We discuss these things directly with our ambassadors," Ekblom said.

The actor at first denied taking the drug but after a urine test exposed traces of cocaine, he admitted to the offence and was subsequently fined 13,500 kronor ($2,150).

The 47-year-old claimed that it was the first time he had dabbled in the drug and said that he had hardly felt any effect.

Persbrandt, one of Sweden's most well-known stage and film actors, recently enjoyed international recognition when the Susanne Bier film "In a Better World" picked up the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

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The burly Swede stars as a doctor who divides his time between family life in Denmark and a turbulent life working in a refugee camp in east Africa.

Persbrandt's next major Hollywood project will be playing the role of Beorn in The Hobbit Parts 1 and 2, the prequels to the Lord of the Rings.

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Your comments about this article

12:08 March 19, 2011 by Rishonim
Give the guy a break. After all it is no easy job traveling to see those malnourished kids around the world.
12:49 March 19, 2011 by mojofat
So glad to see the polis have removed this obvious threat to society. Who is this guy to think he can have a good time at a club, not bother anyone, and ingest any sort of substance he deems appropriate for himself. Thankfully Big Brother is there to save us all from ourselves.
14:06 March 19, 2011 by Rishonim
And big brother is brilliant at disturbing people who has done little or nothing. Have them go after the racketeering Balkan mafia or a radical islamofascist group and see how efficient they really are.
16:03 March 19, 2011 by 2394040
A personality gets busted. This is news?
20:58 March 19, 2011 by Jan M
Go after the Balkan mafia instead? Where do you think the cocaine comes from? Pond life exists at all levels. Obviously the police can't destroy it all at once but it must be fun trying.
08:40 March 20, 2011 by Soft Boiled
First time he has dabbled with cocaine... Geez how unlucky can one guy get?
10:10 March 22, 2011 by zerotolerancenow
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