Dramatic audio of an emergency call, aired on Melbourne television tonight, allegedly captures the moment when Ben Cousins sought help after a five-day cocaine binge.
A woman made the phone call in California late last year, while the fallen AFL star was in the United States for drug rehabilitation.
In excerpts of the call, a woman requests help for a drug-affected male colleague, she calls him “Ben” and tells the operator he is losing his mind.
The Nine Network said Cousins’ friend Susie Ela made the call late last year while he was with her in California.
“A friend of mine has been using drugs and he’s just losing his mind right now,” the woman says in the phone call.
“He’s conscious, but he’s losing his mind.
“Do you want paramedics – paramedics, Ben? … yes, paramedics.”
Asked what sort of drugs her friend had been using, the woman replies: “cocaine”
The woman is asked whether the subject had been drinking or using other drugs.
When the woman relays the question, a male voice in the background answers “cocaine for five days”.
Also on Friday, it was revealed that Collingwood officials are no longer interested in recruiting Cousins.
St Kilda is considered the front-runner to recruit Cousins, provided he is allowed to play again.
The AFL Commissions will decide on November 17 whether to re-register the Brownlow Medallist and former West Coast captain.
The league suspended him late last year for bringing the game into disrepute.