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Clooney: Demi Moore's 911 call should stay private


George Clooney has criticised the public release of the frantic emergency call made before Demi Moore's recent hospitalisation.

Moore was rushed to hospital on Monday last week after collapsing while hosting a birthday party for a friend at her Beverly Hills home.

Scandal sheet TMZ reported that the actress - who pulled the plug on her six-year marriage to Ashton Kutcher in November - was seeking treatment for substance abuse.

Shortly after her hospital dash, Moore's representative, Carrie Gordon, issued a statement saying she was seeking professional help for "exhaustion" and to "improve her overall health".

"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," said the rep.

"She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends."

Speculation over Moore's health intensified over the weekend after an audio recording of the 911 call made before she was rushed to an LA hospital was released.

In a heavily redacted 10-minute clip released by Los Angeles fire officials, and obtained by TMZ, one of Moore's friends is heard telling the operator: "She smoked something. It's not marijuana, but it's similar to incense."

She added that Moore was "convulsing" and "semi-conscious, barely."

A second woman then gets on the phone and says, "She's shaking, convulsing, burning up. I'm taking cold water and putting it on her back because she's burning up."

Asked what Moore had ingested or smoked, she replies: "She's been having some issues lately with some other stuff. I don't know what she's been taking... I don't know, there's been some stuff recently that we're all just finding out."

By the end of the call, the friend says that Moore is "much calmer" and "breathing fine".

'I think it's a stupid thing ...'

Speaking at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Clooney expressed concern for Moore's health, and shared his opinion on the release of the 911 call.

"It's always troubling when people you know and people who you care about end up going through a difficult time," the Descendants star told The Insider while interviewed on the red carpet.

"I think it's a stupid thing," Clooney said. "I think it's stupid for anyone, whether they're celebrated or not, I don't believe their 911 calls should be broadcast around the world. But that's my opinion"

According to TMZ, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office instructed that references to medical conditions and specific substances were redacted from the 911 recording - to comply with federal medical privacy laws.

Continued Clooney: "What's happening and what people have to remember is that people are getting famous from Facebook and Twitter, so it's not just about people here, it's about everybody. There won't be any version of privacy. So it's going to be a tricky thing."

So should Moore have been able to keep the tape private? Not according to officials, reports Entertainment Weekly.

"911 calls are public information," said a rep for the Los Angeles Fire Department's Community Liaison Office.

"Everything we [released] is public record, so we have to give it to [journalists] according to the California Public Records Act."

While a legal expert tells Fox411: "While her underlying medical records may be privileged, the circumstances leading to her to be hospitalisation are not. The fact that a person may consume drugs or medications are customarily matters of public concern and are disclosed to the public as a matter of course."

He adds: "What makes this case different, is the involvement of a celebrity."

What do you think, readers? Do you agree with George?

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