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Demi Moore 911 tape to prompt bill to ban release of such calls

The release of Demi Moore's 911 call has sparked a proposal to protect privacy
A Los-Angeles area politician said Thursday that she plans to introduce a bill to prevent 911 calls from being made public following the high-profile release of the Demi Moore emergency call.

Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) said that 911 calls should be treated the same as medical records, which cannot be released because of privacy laws.

"Everyone has the right to privacy.  The unauthorized release of medical records is already illegal, medical emergency calls should also be protected," Torres, a former 911 operator, said in a statement.

Paramedics were called to Moore's home near Benedict Canyon on Jan. 23 after friends reported that the 49-year-old actress was convulsing, semi-conscious and "burning up" after she had "smoked something" similar to incense, according to a copy of the redacted 911 call.

"She's been having some issues lately with some other stuff, so I don't know what she's been taking or not," a friend told the 911 dispatcher.

When the dispatcher asked if Moore had "done this before," the friend said she didn't know. "There's been some stuff recently that we're all just finding out," the friend said.

In a statement, Moore's publicist said the actress, whose split from husband Ashton Kutcher fueled headlines in recent months, was seeking professional help.

"Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health," the publicist said. "She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends."

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— Robert J. Lopez

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Photo: Demi Moore in Abu Dhabi for a film festival in October 2009. Credit: Sonza Gabriel / European Pressphoto Agency

 
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