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Pete Doherty Kicked Out of Thai Rehab

The posh clinic had enough of the troubled singer's "disruptive influence."

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By McCarton Ackerman

07/18/12

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It seems rehab can't tame Pete Doherty.The troubled singer has been thrown out a posh drug clinic in Chiang Mai, Thailand for his disruptive behavior and bad influence on fellow patients. Doherty arrived at the facility three weeks ago, ditching a string of festival gigs in an attempt to kick his long-standing crack cocaine and heroin addiction, which have seen him drop in and out of rehabs since 2004. But he was asked to leave halfway through treatment—almost unheard of at this facility—and is now heading back to London. Program Director Alistair Mordey, who is a recovering addict himself, cites "therapeutic reasons" for discharging Doherty. "It is important to maintain the integrity of the treatment program for the other clients to have a good chance of recovery," says Mordey. "Pete understands this and therefore the reasons behind why we have asked him to leave. We hope some of the things he has learned here will help him in the future and look forward to the day when Pete decides to consider recovery again." Doherty has plenty of company when it comes to famous hell-raisers in rehab: former wrestling champ Matt Hardy was kicked out of court-ordered rehab last year for failing a breathalyzer test. And ex-Miss Russia Anna Malova was caught hoarding and binging on prescription meds earlier this year during her court-ordered rehab stay—at one point her behavior saw her forbidden from speaking with any other patients. 

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