Johnny Lewis Struggled With Psychopathy: Adviser
'Sons of Anarchy' star may also have been taking 'smiles' drug
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2012 3:41 PM CDT
This Sept. 14, 2011 file photo shows actor Johnny Lewis posing for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.   (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)

(Newser) – Substance abuse may not have been Johnny Lewis' main problem, according to an alternative sentencing advisor who worked with Lewis for two months after his legal troubles started earlier this year. Lewis was struggling with "psychopathy or bipolar disorder," she tells E!. "Something that needed a psychiatrist rather than a therapist." She says she saw Lewis' troubles as mental, not related to drugs, and adds that he also had trouble taking his prescribed medication. The Sons of Anarchy star was found dead Wednesday after allegedly killing his landlady.

But there are also reports that Lewis was on a synthetic drug called 2C-I or "smiles" when he died, and CBS News has a look at the scary-sounding drug, which is similar to amphetamines and can cause hallucinations. An expert says they can be particularly dangerous because, like "bath salts," they can contain unknown chemicals. If he was in fact on drugs, one former president of the Scientology celebrity center tells Radar that Scientology could be to blame. Lewis could have "turned to drugs because of the pressure and intensity" of the controversial religion, she says. One thing is clear: There were warnings Lewis could get in serious trouble. People has a probation report from May, in which his probation officer warned that Lewis would be "a threat to any community" in which he lived.

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Sep 30, 2012 8:28 AM CDT
dude be dead so should story be!
Sep 29, 2012 7:17 PM CDT
I will NEVER understand why the French have such a fascination with Lewis. Oh, sure, some of his earlier movies were pretty funny, but...
Sep 29, 2012 5:26 PM CDT
Could be his brain was permanently damaged by one single dose of some new designer drug concoction. There are a small number of cases where that has actually happened. If so, we'll never know because it's beyond medical science to see it in an autopsy. Could also be the guy was progressing into mental illness and was self-medicating. In either case his prospects were bleak.