Calvin Klein: From Runways to Rehab

04/07/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

Two weeks after his erratic behavior at a New York Knicks basketball game forced play to be halted at Madison Square Garden, fashion designer Calvin Klein has announced he is seeking treatment for a drug problem.

Kim Vernon, a spokeswoman for Klein, 60, would not specify the type of treatment he will receive, reports the Associated Press. In 1988, Klein entered Minnesota's Hazelden Institute for alcohol and prescription drug abuse.

"For many years, I've been able to successfully address my substance abuse issues, which for anyone is a lifelong process, through strict adherence to counseling and regular attendance at meetings," Klein said in a statement. "However, when I recently stopped attending meetings regularly, I suffered a setback."

Klein went on to say, "Fortunately, I was lucky with the help of others to recognize the problem. And now, I'm again getting the treatment I need to resume a healthy lifestyle."

The move comes two weeks after Klein stopped play at a Knicks game by walking up to player Latrell Sprewell. Officials later escorted the fashion icon back to his seat.

According to The New York Times, Klein said he would also continue his working relationship with the apparel maker Phillips-Van Heusen, which recently acquired Klein's company for $400 million in cash, $30 million in stock and up to $300 million in future revenue royalties.

Klein's role with Phillips-Van Heusen has not been clearly defined since the acquisition last December.

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