Actor Tottie Goldsmith has opened up on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Australia about the media’s role in her 2011 cocaine scandal.
**Content Warning: This article discusses drug use and may be distressing to some readers.
Despite never being charged over the incident, Tottie says she “lost everything” as a result of intense media scrutiny.
“They slammed me,” the 59-year-old recalled to her campmates during Tuesday night’s episode. “Not only in Australia, in America, in England.
“It was hell.”
She added: “I got trolled to the point they were saying ‘You don’t deserve to be a mother’.”
She then broke down as she discussed the harsh treatment she received on-air from family friend and radio host Derryn Hinch at the time.
“‘It wasn’t hers like it wasn’t Lindsay Lohan‘s’,” Tottie recalled the media juggernaut’s brutal comparison.
Tottie added that she later ran into Derryn — who she has known since childhood — at a restaurant and decided to confront him.
“I walked over and my legs were weak … I said to him ‘You know me Derryn, why did you do that, have you ever seen me do drugs?’ and he just put his head down… and I said ‘Shame on you’.”
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Within just four days of her cocaine scandal breaking, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant’s career began to fall apart.
“Charities dropped me, I lost work everywhere. I lost my income, I lost work everywhere,” she explained. “It absolutely sunk me.”
The performer, who is also the niece of Olivia Newton-John, says Derryn can be held responsible for adding to the media sh*tstorm she faced.
“It was on every network, every magazine, every paper,” she said, adding: “Derryn Hinch has a lot to answer for.”
You can catch Tottie Goldsmith on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Australia on Channel Ten.
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