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Report: Ear infection, not alcohol, hospitalized Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff's weekend trip to an Encino, Calif., hospital was the result of an ear infection, his camp said Monday, but the assurance did little to quash speculation that the "America's Got Talent" judge had suffered a relapse in his battle with alcoholism.

Paramedics were called to Hasselhoff's home on Sunday after his daughter, Hayley, 17, grew worried about his latest alcohol binge, TMZ reported. A Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman confirmed the call to Hasselhoff's home.

Reps speaking for Hasselhoff Monday told TMZ that the former "Baywatch" star agreed to go to the hospital when the ambulance arrived, not because he was inebriated, but to help with an "equilibrium problem" caused by a mixture of medications.

They said Hasselhoff was taking a drug called Antivert, for his ear problem, and also Antabuse, which deters alcoholics from drinking.

"David's fine and he's on his way to jury duty today," his lawyer, Melvin Goldman, told People magazine.

Hasselhoff is a recovering alcoholic who was briefly hospitalized four months ago after a relapse. says "the Hoff" has been hospitalized with alcohol poisoning "more than five times in the past few years."

In 2007, a video taken by Hayley Hasselhoff of her father, drunk and lying on the floor, was widely circulated on the Web.


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