Johnny Lewis' Death: Get in on the Conversation With Jane Velez-Mitchell
In the past 10 months, Lewis — whose body was found in the driveway of an L.A. neighborhood after falling or leaping to his own death on Wednesday afternoon — had many run-ins with the law, well-documented drug struggles, orders to out-patient counseling and even served time behind bars. In fact, he was released just five days before his demise.
But perhaps the biggest warning sign laid in the lines of Lewis' probation reports.
In connection to one of his three arrests this year, a probation officer noted grave concern about Lewis' out-of-control ways. "There are significant issues which should be addressed," the report states, according to the L.A. Times. "Obviously, defendant's behavior is out of control and needs counseling afforded by a professional."
Another report notes that Lewis "suffers from some form of chemical dependency, mental health issue and a lack of permanent housing. Given this, (Lewis) will continue to be a threat to any community he may reside."
In fact, even Lewis' attorney Jonathan Mandel spoke of the actor's concerning mental state, admitted that his client's family and friend had tried in vain to help him. "Johnny Lewis had a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems," Mandel said on Thursday, according to CBS. "I recommended treatment for him but he declined it."
In the end, it's a chain of events that should have raised a red flag — or many. So the question is: In failing to heed glaring warning signs, did our justice system fail us in the case of Johnny Lewis? Weigh in with your remarks to HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell. She will be taking questions and comments on the subject until Oct. 3 on Celebuzz.
Later this week, the Hollywood expert will share her thoughts on the Lewis case with the Celebuzz community. The award-winning TV journalist hosts the hit show Jane Velez-Mitchell, airing at 7PM ET on HLN, where she tackles the day’s most controversial events from a wide range of viewpoints. Check out HLNtv.com for more details.