Tara Reid is shocked at the number of Los Angeles revellers who want to exploit her "drunk" party-girl image - just so they can feed off her fame.

The American Pie actress is eager to abolish her wild reputation in the media, and has discovered other party-goers fuel the rumours she is constantly downing alcohol merely to get their names in the press.

Reid says, "Look, I don't care what anybody does. But it seems at this point, I'm the one who gets the shaft.

"I can't look at a glass of anything when I'm out, forget about picking it up. I see the headline 'Tara Reid drunk!'

"I was at party, and I accidentally spilled something on a woman standing next to me. She laughed and said, 'Oh, good, I'm going to call a column and tell them Tara Reid spilled a drink on me.'

"She was serious. I said, 'Please don't. They'll say I was drunk.' And she said, 'But it'll be funny. And I'll get my name in the papers.' 'No you won't, you'll just be a nameless source. This will hurt me, can't you understand?'

"Well, she didn't, and went away to make her call."

30/01/2005 21:29