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Sylvester Stallone Regrets Smuggling Banned Substances to Australia

Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone has apologized profusely for trying to smuggle human growth hormones and testosterone into Australia.

Stallone has been charged with importing banned substances into Australia in February this year during a tour to promote his film Rocky Balboa.

A Customs search of his luggage at the start of his three-day visit to Sydney had revealed 48 vials of the banned human growth hormone product, Jintropin.

Three days later he threw four vials of the male hormone testosterone out the window of his Sydney hotel room when customs officials arrived to search it, prosecutor David Agius told the court at Sydney a couple of days ago.

Stallone's medical condition was not revealed in court, but Agius questioned whether the condition could be treated by Jintropin.

He said a medical statement indicated doctors were "trying to get him off" the banned hormone and trying to educate Stallone about it.

The magistrate was told Jintropin was a generic human hormone growth banned from sale in the US, and while Stallone had a US prescription for the testosterone, it is banned in Australia.

Stallone has already pleaded guilty. In a letter to the court, he said, "I made a terrible mistake, not because I was attempting to deceive anyone but I was simply ignorant to your official rules," and claimed that the drugs had been prescribed to him for an unspecified medical condition.

The website of Australias Sydney Morning Herald carries the full text of Stallones apology.

In it he says. I feel terrible that my breach of the rules has set a poor example to members of the public whose opinion I cherish dearly.

Years go I was diagnosed with a condition and my doctors prescribed human growth hormone and testosterone as treatment. Under medical supervision, I have continued to use both medications.

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