This is simultaneously sad and scary!
22-year-old part-time actor James Whittemore was arrested yesterday after getting drunk, breaking into the Ed Sullivan theatre where David Letterman's show is taped, and causing $2,000 worth of damage.
According to Whittemore's family, he's been troubled ever since he had "first hand experience with his mother's suicide after alcohol addiction." Sad.
Whittemore faces burglary and criminal mischief charges after he drunkenly kicked opens the theater's doors, "upended bins, and turned over velvet rope stands."
Here's what playwright Nancy Hasty had to say about the actor, who she hired for a reading in 2009:
"He was very, very industrious, very, very professional, very dedicated. A good kid with a bad life."
Sounds like Whittmore's had a rough run, but that's still not an excuse for him to behave so inappropriately. We truly hope he seeks help and gets his life in order!
[Image via WENN.]
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