Australian actor LINCOLN LEWIS has come to the defence of scandal-ridden soap opera Home And Away, dismissing rumours the young cast is plagued by drug problems.
The popular show has been mired in controversy in recent months following a string of highly publicised scandals involving its stars.
Actress Jodi Gordon, 24, was reported missing by friends after a night out in Sydney last summer (09), and was later found by police at the home of a suspected drug dealer. The star admitted "cocaine had been consumed" when she was questioned by cops.
Her co-star Todd Lasance was caught up in a police raid at a Sydney nightclub during the show's Christmas party in December (09). He was found in possession of cocaine and pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge last month (Jan10).
And Lewis also found himself in trouble when he was embroiled in a sex scandal - admitting he filmed an intimate encounter with an unnamed Australian television star and showed the footage to his fellow cast members and crew.
But the 22 year old, who is set to leave the TV series this year (10), insists rumours of persistent problems onset are just not true.
He says, "It's absolutely nothing like that. It's unbelievable how c**p that is."
Lewis credits bosses on the show for helping him through his crisis, adding: "I had the publicity team call several times a day to make sure I was all right. I had Channel 7's support. Friends and family - always there. And it was because of them that I was able to handle it. I have learnt my lesson in terms of waking up. You learn from your mistakes, that's just part of growing up."