Oliver Stone on drugs rap

THE Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone has been arrested for drug possession and driving while intoxicated.

Stone, 58, was detained at a police checkpoint on Sunset Boulevard after showing signs of alcohol intoxication, according to Los Angeles police.

Drugs were then discovered during a search of Stone's Mercedes car, Sergeant John Edmundson said. He did not specify what kind of substances were found.

Stone was released yesterday after posting $15,000 for bail.

In 1999, the filmmaker pleaded guilty to drug possession and 'no contest' to driving under the influence and was ordered into a rehabilitation programme.

He had originally pleaded not guilty to drug charges stemming from a traffic offence after being stopped by a police officer who said the Hollywood director was driving erratically. Police found hashish in Stone's Ford Mustang.

The Los Angeles-based director's films include the recent Alexander, JFK and Natural Born Killers. It featured Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson playing a latter-day Bonnie and Clyde who embarked on a cross-country killing spree. The film caused controversy when it was released in 1994.

Stone won Academy Awards for directing in 1989 for Born on the Fourth of July, starring Tom Cruise, and in 1986 for Platoon, which also won the Oscar for best picture.

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