Grant Hackett denies Stilnox rehab claims, father says he is in denial


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Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett has denied claims by his manager that he is entering rehab for an addiction to prescription sleeping drugs, saying instead that he had travelled to the US for a planned “retreat”.

The Australian swimming great touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, and immediately denied reports that he was there to receive treatment for a dependency to Stilnox medication.

“No, I’m not calling this rehab whatsovever,” the 33-year-old told reporters at the airport.

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Days after Grant Hackett’s messy divorce case a fortnight ago his parents were so worried about his welfare they planned an intervention for his drug dependency.

But the confrontation with their son came earlier than expected — triggered by Hackett’s bizarre behaviour at Crown Casino late on Friday.

On Saturday afternoon family members and Hackett’s manager, met the Olympic champion in his hotel suite, convincing him to seek help at a rehab facility.

Dad Neville Hackett said: “I believe Grant knew he had a problem. He raised the idea of seeing a doctor.”

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