Eminem's ex-wife Kim Mathers began treatment for drug abuse at a facility in Minnesota yesterday (15SEP04), according to a spokesman for the Michigan corrections department.

Earlier this week (ends17SEP04), Macomb County circuit judge EDWARD SERVITTO released Mathers from jail early so she could go to the Hazelden drug treatment centre in Center City, Minnesota, says corrections spokesman RUSS MARLAN.

Mathers had been sentenced to 120 days in jail and was not scheduled to leave until December (04).

She is scheduled to be in drug treatment for 30 days. If she successfully completes it, Marlan says Mathers will continue her two year probation, which is set to end in January 2006.

It's not the first time Mathers has tried treatment. She's twice dropped out of a court-ordered drug treatment program and served some jail time earlier this year (04) after walking out.

She was placed on probation after pleading guilty to charges of possessing 25 grams (0.88 of a pound) or less of cocaine and failing to give adequate space to an emergency vehicle. The charges stem from a 2003 traffic stop in Michigan's St Clair Shores.

16/09/2004 02:50