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Ted Williams headed to rehab

Updated: 5:56 p.m.

And so it goes. In either a brilliant publicity stunt for Dr. Phil, or in a serious intervention for a troubled man, Ted Williams will be heading to rehab, according to a report from USA Today.

Rather than being sober for the past two and a half years, as he's claimed, the homeless-to-Hollywood Williams has been drinking heavily every day. Here's hoping the fast fame leads to quick help for the man.

Updated: 1:52 p.m.

The Post's Web Hostess with the Mostess, Monica Hesse wants to tackle some of the questions around Ted Williams on her live online chat at 2 p.m. Go here to discuss:

"What responsibility do we have to our flash-in-the-pan celebrities? In Mr. Williams case, should the journalist who discovered him insisted on a background check? Should people have thought more about the possible repurcussions that fame could have on a man who had been homeless? Do we owe anything to our Internet stars besides a forward?"

Update: 5:38 p.m.
Uh-oh. After the golden-voiced homeless man skyrocketed to fame thanks to a viral video highlighting his radio-ready voice, Ted Williams made all the requisite morning show stops, made a commercial for Kraft and was detained by the police.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Williams was detained after police were called to the Renaissance Hotel on a disturbance call. Reportedly, he and his daughter were in a heated argument, but when the cops broke it up, neither wanted to press charges so both were released. A hotel employee called the police because of the noise.
Source: The Washington Post

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