Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson has escaped another jail sentence after a judge agreed he should attend rehab instead.

Thorson, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in acclaimed 2013 Tv movie Behind the Candelabra, breached his probation agreement when he failed a drug test recently - and he was facing another lengthy jail term.

But, in court in Nevada on Wednesday (11Sep13), he was ordered to rehab after confessing he's a drug addict and begging the judge for a second chance to complete a court-ordered rehab programme, according to Tmz.com.