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David Duchovny Enters Rehab For Sex Addiction

David Duchovny Enters Rehab For Sex Addiction


Californication star David Duchovny is currently at a rehabilitation center for sex addiction.

“I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction,” the former X-Files star’s lawyer Stanton “Larry” Stein tells People. “I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family.”

Duchovny, 48, has been married to actress TĂ©a Leoni for over 10 years and have two children together–daughter Madelaine, 9, and son Kyd, 6.

The Californication premiere of season two is set for September 28, 2008. Duchovny plays womanizing writer Hank Moody on the Showtime series.

Back in May, Best Life reported, “There was the time [Duchovny] confessed to a reporter about his fascination with hotel porn (‘I like to watch other people —k’ was the exact quote) and rumors swirled that he was a sex addict.”

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86 Responses to “David Duchovny Enters Rehab For Sex Addiction”

  1. 1
    TILDA Says:

    Is this a joke?

  2. 2
    argi Says:


  3. 3
    alexanderina Says:

    WTF!! Did he cheats her Tea?

  4. 4
    mslewis Says:

    There have been rumors that he slept with anything he could find while filming that cable series he’s in. I didn’t believe it until now!!

    What exactly do they do in sex rehab to get you un-sexed??

  5. 5
    levett Says:

    lol this is funny i love it!

  6. 6
    essie Says:

    he sounds sorta proud of it too :x

  7. 7
    beverly Says:

    this is just….amazing…Im speechless

  8. 8
    Jean Fontaine Says:

    This has to be a publicity stunt.

  9. 9
    me Says:

    I feel sorry for his wife.

  10. 10
    donna martin Says:

    This is sort of surprising. Before he was married rumors swirled that he would sleep with almost anything that moved. I wonder if he was cheating on his wife? How do they cure someone’s craving for sex?

  11. 11
    dirk Says:

    His wife can’t complain that he ignored her in the sack.

  12. 12
    African Girl Says:

    This is a Joke, right? Seriously…this has got to be a joke. :(

  13. 13
    sari Says:

    What the fuckery? I don’t like this. Also, he looks like my old piano instructor.

  14. 14
    FroFro Says:

    So I guess the song “David Duchovney..Why Dont You Love Me?” is a bit ironic?

    Seriously though……hes one of my favorite actors. It sucks that he had to make this be public…..weird. I dont know too many guys out there who arent addicted to porn in one way or another though. Strange addiction really. I’d rather just be an alcoholic and get sh!tfaced 24/7.

  15. 15
    Candi Says:

    oh noooo. I love David Duchovny and am a huge X-Files fan. I have the series on DVD and watch it every day! I can’t believe this, I did NOT see this coming.


    Hope him and his wife work things out, but this is just weird…

  16. 16
    stellartes Says:

    He kinda strikes me a sex “addict”….Tea is one lucky woman.

  17. 17
    CLINIQUA Says:

    He may not have cheated — it sounds like he’s talking about his po rn addiction. He admitted to this years ago, before he was married, and before he even knew Tea Leoni.

    What I don’t get is why this stuff has to go public? Can’t you go into rehab andnot say what it’s for, I mean, damn.

    They’re pretty brave. because the tabloids are going to just be relentless, ditto the entertainment shows.

  18. 18
    tallula Says:

    I bet he’s the answer to many blind items. hahaha

  19. 19
    Mondo Bongo! Says:

    No Comment…. ( I think)

  20. 20
    letmeeducateyou Says:

    This is not a joke. There are many sex addicts out there that are in complete denial. It’s worse than being a drug addict or alcoholic addict. And, nearly if not completely impossible to cure or control. So here’s what I say to this announcement: Good for him for admitting he has a problem (most sex addicts and antisocials live in complete denial justifying their addiction as merely being human or male). Sadly, though, he will not be cured as this illness can only be managed. But at least he has the balls (no pun intended) to ADMIT to it!

  21. 21
    Sarita Says:

    This is so embarasing for his wife, I can’t even imagine.

  22. 22
    remember da truth Says:

    He wants privacy but he makes this announcement? No one would have known he was in rehab if he’d kept his mouth shut. He could have done this quietly and spared the humiliation for his family.

    What a schmuck. And not for having an addiction and doing something about it, but for not being respectful of his family. It’s one thing to love the fame and attention so much you announce you are a drug/alcohol addict and are going to rehab. But this is embarrassing for other people, too.

  23. 23
    the shiznack Says:

    Ha! In the X-Files, Mulder was obsessed with pornography too

  24. 24
    village Says:

    Well duh. This was so freakin’ obvious. It was written all over the bags under Tea’s eyes.

    I can’t believe he went for help.

    Good luck, Tea.

  25. 25
    victoria Says:

    AGREE NUMBER # 22…. Who would have known had he opened his big sexed mouth to a reporter? I also agree with the others that this was a joke of some kind, and almost laughed myself silly out of the chair. But then I thought why would a star of his calliber start a rumor like this or have someone create a media stunt like this? For what purpose? …………. This could have been handled alot more discreetly. I feel sorry now, for Tia and their children and the teasing that is almost envitably going to follow this ordeal…… NOW, maybe the paparazzi’s will leave them alone for some peace and let them heal.

  26. 26
    amanda Says: ironic. Did anyone ever see the movie “Trust The Man”… David Duchovony is in it and oddly enough–he plays a husband who has an affair and then decide he is going to attend a group dedicated to..what do ya know? SEX ADDICTS…. art imitating life, how bout that.
    it is good movie though if you haven’t seen it.

  27. 27
    Jess Says:

    Why should be any more ashamed than an alcohol or drug addict? The press would start rumours anyway so he might as well get it out in the open and then move on.

  28. 28
    fyi2 Says:

    CLINIQUA @ 08/28/2008 at 9:55 pm

    You are so right. This has been known for years. It must have gotten worse. His new TV show is pretty sleazy and may have caused him to amp up his activity. Michael Douglas was treated for sex addiction and also Halle Berry’s ex. Charlie Sheen is also said to be this way.

    I don’t know that I would have told this but I imagine the Nat Enq since they buy medical info had the story and is about to print it.

    I hope I am wrong but I doubt the marriage will survive.

  29. 29
    passing Through Says:

    ROTFLMAO! Ahhhhh….I see the years of rumors about DD’s little problem have finally caught up with him. I’m just shocked to hear he’s finally admitted to having a problem keeping it in his pants…

  30. 30
    omg Says:

    What the fuckery? I don’t like this. Also, he looks like my old piano instructor.


    LMFAO HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA Im pissing myself laughing at this comment right now *runs to the bathroom*

  31. 31
    ashley Says:

    Definitely TMI – I wonder if this means he’s a serial cheater or “just” a prn addict. Neither is a good thing. But we haven’t seen Tea with him for a while, now we know why. Kind of creepy that he resembles his character on “Californication” a little too much.

  32. 32
    so true lol Says:

    He wants privacy but he makes this announcement? No one would have known he was in rehab if he’d kept his mouth shut.


  33. 33
    what the *uck Says:

    jared, why the hell did u get rid of my comment

  34. 34
    required Says:

    gay sex tape in 3… 2…1…

  35. 35
    Fussy Says:

    With all the money the porno business makes I am sure he is not the only one who enjoys watching people have sex. Maybe he was watching porn round the clock?

  36. 36
    DANA Says:

    A joke. The joke is on the tabloid press and they fell for it.

    Ahem, Jared. That means you,

    No way this completely uber educated upperclass PRIVATE couple would suddenly begin issuing press releases after12 years of silence. No way.

  37. 37
    Liz Says:

    Dana, you are an idiot.

    This couple is as far from private as you can get. I think their main topic of conversation in every interview is sex.

    And, so what if he is educated? There is probably something really scandalous about to come out and he made a preemptive strike.

  38. 38
    mandy Says:

    Oh God seriously? I don’t think a shrink or rehab can help you tame down your sex addiction! Anyways why the hell would you say this to the whole world? Damn.

  39. 39
    peach Says:

    What a time we live in!! It’s embarrassing to go to rehab for sex addiction and it’s Ok to go to rehab for drugs.

    He should have kept this private. Or lied about what he was going for.

  40. 40
    seagrass Says:

    ha ha ha…. this used to be called a mid-life crisis.

  41. 41
    NUMSy Says:


    I still love him….. whats wrong w wanting sex all the time, I see nothing wrong w it :P

  42. 42
    Jill Says:

    I can’t see why in the world he went public with this, unless he figured he’d beat the National Enquirer to it.

    I feel sorry for Tea and the kids.

  43. 43
    blue Says:

    WTF, TMI

  44. 44
    kim Says:

    @ 20

    I agree with your comments about how society ‘masks’ it to seem normal – even ‘healthy and natural’ when nothing could be further from the truth! It’s great and inspiring that he is coming out of denial and getting help – that has to be a miserable way to life – so dehumanizing for all parties involved. He will get better! Best wishes David!

  45. 45
    GabriellA Says:

    Wow that’s crazy because he played the role of a married man with a sexual addiction in a film called Trust the Man that I just watched on HBO the other night. Billy Cudrup, Julianne Moore, and frumpy Maggie Gyllenhaal were in it as well. WOW I guess art does imitate life.

  46. 46
    LIZ is an idiot Says:

    LIZ #37

    You’re so correct. Why, every day, I wake up and there they are!!!


    Where will it end!! So many interviews! So many trips to Robertson to make sure the paps see their every move!! The IVY! Malibu Beach! Every single movie premiere! The wild parties!

    AH HA !The ruse of living far away n the hills and never going to ANY of the places were celebs are seen and photographed FOR 12 YEARS was all a RUSE!

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, but NOW, LIZ is on the scene. Mere behavior and logic must be ignored, we have the mighty wise LIZ!

  47. 47
    Sexy david Says:

    Some of you are so dumb…I love the “he strikes me as a sex addict” and b.s. comments like that. If it said he checked himself in for OCD, you’d be saying…”he strikes me as an obsessive compulsive type..” Anyway, how smug. What’s ur addiction anyway? Personally, I’d totally do him as a sidenote. Anyway, he obviously got caught because men are as faithful as their options..Bill Maher said it first and he’s right. Time to redefine what’s allowed in a relationship you hetero types….or just keep people cheating behind their partner’s backs as almost always happens in every couple whether you like it or not. What’s the matter with a new partner here and there..if out in the open and done safely.. I say let him ****!

  48. 48
    eeennnaaa Says:

    didn’t he play a sex addict in the movie TRUST THE MAN? =)

  49. 49
    Liz Says:

    LOL, I think I struck a nerve with Dana.

    They don’t have to go to the Ivy. No one cares about them much in the mainstream anyway to stalk them. I’m talking about their interviews where TMI is a foreign concept to them. They like to talk about their sex lives. They are not a private couple.

  50. 50
    celine Says:

    he did do the show on HBO called RED SHOE DIARY where he was having sooooo much sex!

  51. 51
    Jess Says:

    @48 “Time to redefine what’s allowed in a relationship you hetero types….or just keep people cheating behind their partner’s backs as almost always happens in every couple whether you like it or not”

    WTF – Hollywood doesn’t represent the rest of the world. My parents, grandparents, friends and my sister and her bf all manage to stay faithful in their relationships. It depends on the culture the couple is surrounded by. No one stated David cheated on Tia anyway.

  52. 52
    Jess Says:

    @48 “Time to redefine what’s allowed in a relationship you hetero types….or just keep people cheating behind their partner’s backs as almost always happens in every couple whether you like it or not”

    WTF – Hollywood doesn’t represent the rest of the world. My parents, grandparents, friends and my sister and her bf all manage to stay faithful in their relationships. It depends on the culture the couple is surrounded by. No one stated David cheated on Tia anyway.

  53. 53
    rossy40 Says:

    To Celine #51 -

    I must correct you re: HBO’s “Red Shoe Dairies” & Duchovny’s role in it. HE wasn’t the one having sex with anyone. His character “lost” the woman he loved (can’t remember how) and that caused him to place an ad in the paper asking women to send him letters (diaries) of THEIR sexual experiences. At the end of the episode Duchovny’s character would say something to his dog, Jake, & end credits would role.

  54. 54
    shine Says:

    OMG guys, after reading all your comments, I took one look at his picture again and the look of his eyes is so scary… like he’s going to do something perverted. yikes! weired..weired! the ugly thing about it is he’s looking right at you! mama! help!

  55. 55
    Julien Says:

    Watching x-films doesn’t make you a sex addict…either he cheated on his wife numerous times or she can’t take having sex all day long anymore…now which is it???

  56. 56
    ac Says:

    It was a not-so-blind item on PHs site almost a year ago. Didn’t shock me then. I assumed it was common knowledge. He’s thinking too much of himself if he thinks the press would care. He could’ve slipped away for treatment and saved his family and himself some face..

  57. 57
    sasha Says:

    what sort of things about their s e x life did david and tea openly talk about?

    i have never seen an interview/ read an interview where they discuss their bedroom lives.

    any links anyone?

  58. 58
    groovygirl Says:

    I admire his sincerity and wish him and his family all the best in this very difficult time. Love X-FILES. Be strong David.

  59. 59
    sillyme Says:

    I wonder if his wife made him do this. Because, I don’t think you ever get rid of a sexual addiction. That’s not something you can really talk someone out of.

  60. 60
    go sox Says:

    sexy David, you’re obviously young and single. ******** everyone in sight, just cause “it’s what guys do”, IS wrong, on many levels. It’s fine IF it’s agreed to by the GF, wife, whatever. BUT it’s hurtful if it’s NOT ok to her. And hurting people is just wrong. It’s NOT just about sex to most women. Not to mention STD’s, etc. Ewwww.

    This jerk has obviously deeply hurt his wife, if he’s admitting his addiction to the world, and trying to save his marriage.

    And just for the record, there are a lot of men I know, who are monogamous and happy. Sex is wonderful with the same person in a truly committed relationship.

  61. 61
    HM-mmm Says:

    I wonder if his “addiction” is somehow affecting his kids?

  62. 62
    Lynda Says:

    Tea seems to be enjoying herself with Billy Bob Thornton at his concerts

  63. 63
    ruth Says:

    i cannot believe david freaking duchovny is a sex addict and i am stuck in ohio.

  64. 64
    real world Says:

    Sorry to hear that he have this problem.At least he admitted the problem and got help for it.Hope his marriage survives this. She seens like a strong woman and family person.Hope this will pass.But it will not stop me from liking him and an actor. Some people have done worse.Ithought sienne miller and rachel that problem by now.

  65. 65
    jeff Says:

    This is really not funny at all, unless you have zero fear of God and no respect for marriage or the opposite sex. Our bodies are not garbage and only useful for temporary lustful acts. Lust is powerful and must be under control. I hope and pray that David can recover from this and not lose all that he has in the process.

    The crazy thing is no matter who you are, all sorts of men struggle with pornography. If you believe in God then it’s called fornication and a sin outside of marriage. It has lasting effects on families and fuels an industry that only cares about money at the expense of (men’s) souls.

    I feel a minimum addiction and I’m learning to either shut off the computer/tv and or find something else to indulge in. VERY difficult, especially with a pregnant wife who is sleepy alot. If it became any worse I would go into some recover program too. Despite what the media may suggest, women are not sex objects and men are not sex obsessed apes.

  66. 66
    xena Says:

    61, I hope you are totally wrong. This would be terrible to have these poor kids more involved that they already are.

  67. 67
    pinkydoo Says:

    He really reminds me of a young Michael Douglas in many ways, and he too was addicted. Probably still is. How in the world do these things get leaked? His wife is so cute and funny. I loved her in the Jim Carey movie.

  68. 68
    VidCrayzee Says:

    For a humorous take on others with sex problems check out this video.

  69. 69
    remember da truth Says:

    Jess #52
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the only difference between Hollywood and the rest of the country is that everyone KNOWS what they do!! I’m very happy for you that you know so many faithful couples. About 25% are faithful, according to study after study. And it’s not just the men who cheat!

    You’d be surprised to find out who has cheated, too. Often the women most offended at the idea of beautiful woman flirting with their husband (instead of taking it as a compliment), because they know THEY have cheated and don’t trust others to remain faithful. I was sure my brother and his boring wife were faithful. Nope — bro found a more assertive woman one night on a business trip and indulged his wish for something with a spine in his bed. I didn’t know for years and years (they are now happily together since my sis-in-law has grown up).

    So get a clue and stop thinking that real life is Little House on the Prairie. It’s not — real life is Peyton Place.

  70. 70
    Ale ferro Says:

    he always had that fame, even before the legendary “X-FILES”…
    speaking of which there´s a story about the final auditions for THE X-FILES where they were 2 guys and 5 women left… he has admit that he was picking up the girls, even gillian anderson has confirm that story… (no that he did that with her)…
    the thing is eventhough all the storiesconcierning this with David…im still in shock!

  71. 71
    Brian Says:

    explain it… he’s a pedophile that’s why he’s behind a cure

  72. 72
    jenny Says:

    He has had this problem forever. It has never been a secret that he is a sex adict, maybe he is just finally getting help. I think the timing is a bit odd for him to be getting treatment now, but I doubt it is a publicity stunt. I think it would be too embarrasing for his wife. Hope they can work through it.

  73. 73
    SCULLY66 Says:

    Well at least he isn’t gay!! LOL!! Seriously, he’s one of my favorite actors. Hopefully being in rehab will help him with his problem. I just want to know how you treat something like that. Does it mean he will never have sex again once he’s treated?????

    By the way, woud I be considered an addict since I have sex once or twice a day , everyday and I’m over 40?? LMAO

  74. 74
    Born Manahattanite Says:

    LMFAOOOOOOOO!! OMFG! i’m sorry.. i’m like peeing myself lauffhing right noww. addicted to sex? Just keep doing…. it i’m sure your wife doesn’t mind.. so like after are you just gonna like STOP having sex… so you won’t relapse… lmfao

    Fucck this is sooo fuccking funny..

  75. 75
    Eric Says:

    Big ******* Deal. He admitted to being a sex addict years ago in an article. Why are you people so shocked? He is just a person. He has flaws just like we all do. Get over it .

  76. 76
    Firenz Says:

    Can anyone ELSE say “Publicity stunt for the new season of Californication”?

  77. 77
    SCULLY66 Says:

    I remember reading a Playgirl article where he admitted he was addicted to sex. Don’t know why now he’s seeking treatment for it. I imagine it got to be too much for Tea. I never knew what he saw in her anyways, but to each his own.

  78. 78
    Elena Says:

    I’d Eff him!

  79. 79
    S.C. Says:

    Gross. Beyond gross. Humiliating for his wife and kids. Go away dood and don’t surface again.

  80. 80
    jordan Says:

    Sex addiction is widely misunderstood. It is when you use sex essentially as a drug, to escape; when you need validation from another person so bad that you put yourself in situations where you abandon your spiritual self, your dignity, just to get the attention, and that attention itself reacts in your brain like a drug, and makes everything alright in the world. It’s when you become dishonest just to get that attention. There are many chemicals released in the brain during sex, fantasizing about sex, fantasizing about another person that will ‘save’ us, etc. Most sex addicts are in fact love addicts underneath. They crave REAL intimacy (whcih requires enduring a certain amount of discomfort because you cannot have real intimacy if you are not honest) but have let cheap substitutes take the place of honest relationships because it is ‘easier.’ But the addiction is progressive. Like many other addictions. What started off as just escaping with images every now and then evolves into massage parlors, strange hook-ups, etc. It does not really happen fast most of the time. it takes years. But the person finds themselves in positions they really do not want to be in. Low self worth, that needs to be constantly combatted by attention or acting out, is generally part of the problem, and teh dishonesty that goes with the addiction gives it fuel. It fuels itself, and needs more sex and ‘love’ to function. Most sex and love addicts hide a big part of themselves, can be very fun and outgoing, but lonely inside. Any type of person can be a sex and love addict. Most treatment involves slowly building an abiding sense of self worth by telling the truth, doing one right action after another, to recognize the damage done, and work the 12 steps of recovery which demand that you find a higher power soyou can connect with your spiritual self, and become accountable to a sponsor and to your brothers and sisters in the program (YES, there are many women in the program) and work the same steps that work for other addictions.

    Sex and love addiction is tricky, because like food to the food addict, sex is something that you have to do on a regular basis to be healthy, BUT, contrary to what I see written here, it is VERY MUCH curable. I am a sex and love addict myself, and have seen much recovery, and I have seen people on the cutting edge of courage, being 100% engaged and involved in the human experience.

    I have NEVER seen any media portrayal of a sex and love addict meeting that was remotely accurate of what goes on inside.

    David Duchovny is brave to go in to treatment, and yes, he was probably in a pickle, got busted one too many times, and this was his only way out, but if he hangs around long enough and is open adn willing, he will grow more than he can imagine, because as smart as he is, he has been anesthetizing himself, probably hiding his own vulnerability, and when he connects to everything that is him, including the fear inside of him, he will know the blessing of recovery.

  81. 81
    hill Says:

    is he not the voice behind the pedigree commercials?………horny dog

  82. 82
    SarahLee Says:

    Um, I’m not surprised by this. I was watching some of the blooper reels for the X-files, and every few minutes he’s making some (sometimes embarrassingly graphic) sex joke. There was one take where he wrapped a belt around Mitch Pelligi’s neck and road him from behind. For some reason it struck me that he might have trouble with sex as intimacy, or intimacy in general.
    Which, whatever, I like David, and whatever it is it’s deeply personal.
    But, why make an announcement like this?
    Who would ever find out if he didn’t say anything?

  83. 83
    SarahLee Says:

    Oh, and #80, Jordan. Thanks for that, those comments about it being fun or a good thing are annoying. Sex in the way that sex addicts have it, I imagine is pretty horrible for all involved.

  84. 84
    foxpawz Says:

    i think it is sad in a way and i don’t know how serious a sex addiction is or what it means. i mean it can easily be seen as a poor excuse to dodge responsibility for your actions. it has been no secret that david has been known to have slept with anything that moved before he was married, that he has a huge po rn collection, and that even in his movies and projects he enjoys picking characters that will in some way or another have to deal with sexual behaviors that may seem a little be out of the ordinary. he was also the one who gave Mulder a p orn addiction in x-files if i remember correctly.

    maybe these are all signs the sex is really a strong part of his lifestyle in a way that is unhealty. who knows…im not sure how i feel about this “addiction” in terms of it really being beyond someone’s control.

    now if this is indeed something that just is out of your control like a gambler, alcoholic, drug addict might have to deal with i really sympathize for him and his family. i just hope it isn’t jus a cop out for something bigger. a new source says he was not cheating on his wife but that he is addiced to po rn and chat rooms. honestly i doubt that he hasn’t cheated on her. and i do feel really bad for tea :(

    i also believe that going public with this was probably not something he’d WANTED to do (WHO WOULD????) but that he did it because the tabloids would or probably issued stories of this and really made a mess of it in a way that would of really been hurtul to his family. i think he did it more to protect them and his privacy by stating the fact and ASKING for respect on the personal matter.

    so as #22 and others might of stated, i’m sure had he not said anything, this story would of come out ANYWAY and would of probably been a lot worst for his family’s sake and reputation and all of that. it’s bad enough checking yourself into rehab for whatever reason, imagine the whole world publishing more crap about it in such spitefuly hurtful ways that you have no control nor would you have the emotional strenght to want to deal with lies about something already difficult to have to deal with.

    he probably new some smuck in rehab would sell who knows what to tabloids about him being there and decided to make the public statement himself. i think that took a lot of courage.

    and i do hope he gets the help he needs to get to the rooth of the problem for his and his family’s sake. i hope his kids do not suffer too badly from this…kids can be very cruel.

  85. 85
    jessica Says:

    wow!!! this story almost plays out like his role in “trust the man” . .the guy checks himself in for a sex addiction after cheating on his wife . .which i hope he did not do in real life!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DAVID!!!. but i have to admit that if you look back and some of his films and characters, he had some over-sexed theme going on . .hmmmmm . . .method actor possibly? i just hope he and his family can get through this.

  86. 86
    Angie Says:

    I’m sorry. I used to be a huge David Duchovny’s fan, but I don’t know know what to say about this… He’s turned into such a weirdo. Poor Tea. This must be pretty embarrassing for her.

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