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Artie Lange Admits He Was Kidnapped & Attacked By Bookie Last Year!

Artie Lange Bookie Kidnapped Broke Nose
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Jan. 29 2019, Updated 1:14 p.m. ET

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Artie Lange just revealed the real reason behind his busted nose. Nearly a year after broke the news about his bookie bust-up, the comedian admitted his deformation occurred after he got punched in the face while abducted!

Though fans assumed the cause behind his injured nose was his years of cocaine abuse, Lange, 51, told podcast "Are We Still Talking About This?" listeners that was not the only reason.

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He explained that about 11 months ago, a man to whom he owed $62,000 kidnapped and attacked him

"I owed a bookie 62 grand, and a kid who worked for a bookie...he thought I was a billionaire because he saw me on TV and he kidnapped me," said Lange.

He claimed the 19-year-old came up behind him in a parking lot and punched him in the nose.

Eventually, however, he realized Lange had nothing to give him, and let him go.

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"The septum from the abuse from the years of drugs and this hit broke it and I've had two operations and you know, it's just in bad shape … It's a scar from years of s**t," he said, adding that after the kidnapping his nose was totally "destroyed."

The former Howard Stern show sidekick also admitted in the interview that his drug addiction played a part in his nose's distortion.

As readers know, Lange used cocaine for about three decades, and once accidentally snorted broken glass along with opioid oxycontin, after which his nose collapsed.

He shared a photo of his face just last month, gaining a harsh reaction from the comedian's community.

In the podcast, Lange also admitted to still having a gambling addiction, saying that it's that vice which has led him to drugs and "everything else."

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