David Cross once took a hit of cocaine while sitting just a few feet away from President Barack Obama.
The Arrested Development star makes this admission in the March issue of Playboy, referring to the 2009 White House Correspondents Dinner and explaining to the magazine:
“I ducked under the table and did it. It wasn’t like I got high. The jolt was similar to licking an empty espresso cup. It wasn't about that. It was just about being able to say that I did it, that I did cocaine in the same room as the President."
The White House Correspondents Dinner is an annual event, hosted by comedians such as Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, during which the President lets loose with a joke-laden speech that typically takes aim at opponents such as Donald Trump.Why did Cross make such a daring move during it? For specifically that reason: he and a friend had a wager over who could be the most audacious.
Cross doesn't regret his actions, but he does feel bad about dragging girlfriend Amber Tamblyn into it.
“I was her date, her plus-one, and she got dragged through the mud because of what I did,” the actor said. “She had nothing to do with it. She didn’t know I was going to do it. And because of that, she’ll never be invited to the White House again. That’s not cool.”
The March issue of Playboy goes on sale this Friday.