TEAR­FUL MUM BEGS AC­TOR TO SEEK HELP

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANIELLE GUSMAROLI

THE el­derly mother of dis­graced Un­der­belly star Vince Colosimo broke down in tears as she pleaded with him to seek help after he was ar­rested twice in less than 12 months on ice- re­lated drug charges.

Cal­abrian- born Lina Colosimo, aged in her late 70s, said be­tween sobs: “We spoke to him in Jan­uary when we heard he was caught with drugs and he said we have to trust him, he promised no more.

“We find out his life in the news, not from our own son who comes to see us ev­ery week … he’s al­ways been a good boy to us. I can’t take any more, his fa­ther is sick, he wor­ries his son is in a bad place.

“We don’t know what to do any more. I can’t sleep, I worry all the time, I can’t talk about it any more, it’s too painful what’s hap­pen­ing ( to Vince). No more, he needs help.”

The trou­bled 50- yearold ac­tor faces a pos­si­ble stint in jail after he was charged on Sun­day with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs while his li­cence was sus­pended. He was on a 12month good be­hav­iour bond after he was sen­tenced ear­lier this year for pos­sess­ing metham­phetamine last Septem­ber.

The star had ad­mit­ted to pos­sess­ing the drug, declar­ing it was ice and he was a user.

Mel­bourne- based Colosimo ( pic­tured) had pre­vi­ously said his ar­rest last Septem­ber was “a wake- up call” and that he had learned his les­son.

“I have two beau­ti­ful chil­dren, whom I love more than any­thing in the world, and I want to be a good role model to them,” he said at the time.

“They, and act­ing, are my two big­gest loves.

“It’s on­wards and up­wards. I want to fo­cus on my fam­ily and work. I’ve been away on hol­i­day and am in a good place.”

It is not the first time the be­lea­guered ac­tor has been charged with driv­ing while sus­pended. Three years ago he was fined $ 1000, with­out con­vic­tion, and banned from driv­ing for 14 days.

He is due to at­tend Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates Court in Au­gust over the lat­est mat­ter.

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