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Brit Drugs Counsellor Caught Smoking Crystal Meth With Hooker

November 7
By Thomas Carlin, The People ( UK newspaper )

Royalty and Hollywood stars paying to escape a descent into drugs hell put their faith in ­Brit therapist Simon Gunn when they check into his rehab unit.

Now the former social worker faces ruin after being filmed smoking crystal meth with a hooker in a Bangkok hotel.

The video shows carefree Gunn ­giving the thumbs-up in cloud of smoke. He is seen enjoying ­addictive crystal methamphetamine, known as ice, on a break from the clinic he set up.

Gunn, 44, had been employed in London by the Richmond Primary Care Trust and the Hounslow Drug and Alcohol Action team. He also boasts he was part of Scotland Yard’s “Amphetamine Task Force”. Then came the idea for a rehab unit like the stars’ ­favourite Priory but in an exotic location.

In 2005 he set up Channah in Thailand, ­charging clients ­including a big-name film director and an Asian royal up to £22,000 a month.

But all is not quite as it seems. The website carries a testi ­monial from “Lord Nicholas Burnett Ktgc, OBE”. There is no such peer.

And one former staff member said: “There are well meaning and professional staff but the place is run by sex-pats. They go out drinking and chasing prostitutes. This video footage is the last straw.”

Tattooed Gunn’s drugs ­sessions with a ­prostitute were videoed at Bangkok’s I Style Trend and the Citadines hotels.

The woman with Gunn is called Tae. She said: “He used to pay me 3,000 baht to buy each gram of ice. He told me he ran a place for people with drugs ­problems. “I think people should know who he really is. He talks very badly about Thai people and treats women very badly.”

Now the future of Channah, 400 miles south east of Bangkok on Koh Chang, Elephant Island, is in doubt.

Gunn said: “I was caught out. I have resigned as the CEO of the clinic. I made a stupid mistake. I have been set up by a ­disgruntled member of the staff.”

He said of Lord Nicholas Burnett’s false title: “That’s the name on his credit card. He may have bought it, I guess.”

1 Comment

  • Interesting story this.

    I wonder how much of the vulnerable peoples money he spent on ICE.

    It seems to me that these people only care about there walletts and bank balances and not about helping people.

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