THE SOPRANOS star James Gandolfini has been reportedly spotted out in New York drinking vodka - despite declaring last year (02) he had quit alcohol.

According to the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, the actor recently arrived at the Suede club at 12.30am with his Sopranos co-star Jamie-Lynn Sigler and her husband AJ DISCALA. The group then ordered a bottle of STOLICHNAYA vodka.

A source tells the News, "They all started drinking the Stoli straight. They were clinking their glasses.

"(Gandolfini) seemed to really be enjoying himself. (The ladies) were all paying him a lot of attention, and he was soaking it up."

The actor's ex-wife MARCY alleged that he had problems with alcohol and cocaine, and Gandolfini himself confirmed he had been in rehabilitation four years previously.

When asked if he was staying sober by the Daily News last October, he replied, "I have been. And I will be."

Gandolfini's manager, MARK ARMSTRONG says, "(He) was out having a casual cocktail with a cast member. As far as I know, he's been sober. There've been no instances like there used to be."

18/09/2003 18:14