Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Olympic skater Grishuk victim of date-rape drug

From wire reports
Article Launched: 04/23/2008 06:54:01 AM PDT

SANTA ANA - Residue found in a glass of wine consumed by two-time Olympic gold medalist figure skater Oksana Grishuk tested positive for the date- rape drug GHB, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

Grishuk, who skated under the name Pasha Grishuk, was at a business meeting at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point on April 12 when she had the tainted wine.

"She was attending a business meeting with at least one other man," said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The 36-year-old former professional skater who won gold medals for ice dancing in 1994 and 1998 had a drink in the lounge, then moved to the restaurant to have dinner and ordered wine, Amormino said.

"She started feeling weird and sick and, when she went to drink from her wine glass, she noticed a partially dissolved pill," Amormino said. "She poured the rest of the drink out of the glass, took the pill out and called police."

When deputies and firefighters arrived, Grishuk told them she also had a drink in the lounge, and they retrieved the glass. Both glasses from the lounge and the restaurant tested positive for GHB, Amormino said.

Grishuk was checked out at a hospital and released, he said. GHB, or gamma hydroxy butyrate, can cause breathing problems, loss of conscious and, in some cases, death.

Investigators are awaiting the results of toxicological tests done on blood that was drawn that night, Amormino said.

"It's still an open active investigation," Amormino said in response to a question about suspects.
Amormino said detectives were still interviewing witnesses.

Their investigation will be turned over to prosecutors with the Orange County District Attorney's Office for the filing of charges.

KCAL9 reported that Grishuk lives part-time in an Aliso Viejo gated community and at some point gave ice-skating lessons, but she has not been seen there for about five months.
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