Spears' Ex Says She Almost Overdosed

(CBS News) Britney Spears' first husband says he witnessed the singer abusing cocaine and nearly overdosing on ecstasy three years ago, according to excerpts of an interview printed in the New York Daily News.

Jason Alexander, to whom the pop star was married for 55 hours in 2004 after a Vegas quickie, claims he's drudging up the past because he doesn't want Spears to end up dead like Anna Nicole Smith.

"It freaked me out when I saw she had shaved off her hair; that was clearly a cry for help," Alexander, 25, told the Sunday Mirror of London, the Daily News reports. "She needs help."

The pop star is at the Promises Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Southern California, battling an undisclosed addiction. Her ex, Kevin Federline, reportedly visited her over the weekend, as did her two young children.

According to the newspaper, Alexander claims he once had a drug-fueled threesome with Spears and a female dancer and that he had trouble keeping up with her drug use. He says Spears almost had a fatal overdose on pure ecstasy, while they partied in a Las Vegas nightclub.

"We used ecstasy at night to party and cocaine during the day to stay awake," Alexander said. "Then we would take downers like Valium or Vicodin to come down and rest ... She definitely had a problem with drugs when we were together and that was three years ago."

Alexander says things got scary when the singer ended up passed out in a shower, lifeless.

"I took her into the bathroom and threw her in the shower," he said. "She was unconscious. She tripped and fell. I was trying to hold her up and speak to her. She wasn't moving ... I remember looking down at her all crumpled in the tub with the water coming down. She looked so white and lifeless. I thought she was dead. I thought, 'This bitch is going to f-king die right here in front of me.'"

Video taken shortly before Spears checked into rehab for a third time is an example of how the pop star has been trapped in a downward spiral.

Shot by photo agency X-17, the video shows an enraged and bald-headed Spears pounding a photographer's car with a green umbrella - retaliation for the paparazzi following her to her estranged husband's house.
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