Are these the pictures that drove Hollywood comedian Owen Wilson to slash his own wrists?
His former lover Kate Hudson was caught affectionately kissing and cuddling her new boyfriend Dax Shepard, also a comedian, during an outing in Los Angeles.
Now many in Hollywood are speculating that it was the sight of these photographs that tipped Wilson, one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars, over the edge.
Friends have said that he had been deeply upset since splitting with the actress, the daughter of Goldie Hawn, shortly before Christmas last year.
The couple, who met while filming You, Me And Dupree, had a six-month fling that ended Hudson’s marriage to actor Chris Robinson.
Wilson ended the relationship with Miss Hudson but friends said he had been regretting the decision since she began dating Shephard, also a comedian.
Wilson has not been seen with a new love since the split but has been a regular at parties at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion.
The 38-year-old star of Wedding Crashers and Starsky And Hutch was said to have slashed his wrist and taken an overdose of pills at his Los Angeles home.
He was found in a ’semi-conscious’ state by his brother and, after initial hospital treatment, was transferred to a detox unit where his condition was described as stable last night.
The cuts to his wrist were said to be superficial.
Police and an ambulance responded to an emergency call from Wilson’s house in the LA suburb of Santa Monica around noon on Sunday.
His elder brother Andrew, 43, made the call.
Witnesses said they saw the actor being wheeled out on a stretcher with bandages on his wrist.
He was taken to the St John’s Hospital in Santa Monica before being transferred to the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills.
His actor brother Luke and parents Robert and Laura were seen at the hospital, but refused to make any comment. Police, citingmedical privacy laws, refused to name the person involved in the incident.
A spokesman said only: “On Sunday August 26, 2007, at 12.10pm officers from the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a medical assistance call from the Santa Monica Fire Department at the 900 block of 23rd Street.
“The person was transported to a local hospital where they are being treated.”
Wilson has recently been filming Tropic Thunder, directed by close friend Ben Stiller, with whom he starred in the 2004 comic version of the TV series Starsky And Hutch.
Last week Wilson agreed to star opposite Jennifer Aniston in Marley And Me, a drama about a man’s friendship with his dog.
Wilson said in a statement: “I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time.”
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