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Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleads not guilty to heroin charge [Updated]

February 24, 2010 | 10:30 am

A booking photo released Feb. 3 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department showing former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett, 48, after he was arrested. Credit: Associated Press Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom to one felony count of heroin possession.

The '70s heartthrob was arrested Feb. 1 by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies patrolling the Metro subway station at Pershing Square downtown. Garrett, 48, was about to board a train and was sweating and shaking, deputies said. He told them he was hiding black tar heroin in his shoe, they said.

Garrett was released Feb. 3 after posting $10,000 bond, said district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison. He is scheduled to appear back in court March 16.

The troubled former actor-singer has a history of drug-related offenses. The district attorney’s complaint cited  Garrett’s convictions on three previous charges, two in 2006 and one in 2001.

[Updated at 11:24 a.m.: Garrett's attorney Andrew Flier called the accusations “out of character” for the former star, who he said had been turning his life around the last few years.

“He’s completely stayed out of trouble, he’s changed his life a lot, he’s taking care of his mother,” Flier said.]

-- Amina Khan

Photo: A booking photo released Feb. 3 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department showing former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett, 48, after he was arrested. Credit: Associated Press

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