It is well known that The Tudors star has been battling alcohol issues for over a decade, ever since he first found fame as the love interest of Parminder Nagra's character in Bend It Like Beckham.
I have interviewed him twice and on both occasions he appeared to be either drunk or stoned, often rambling incoherently. During the second interview he abruptly stood up and left the room midway through, returning some five minutes later without giving a reason for his absence.
He was pictured in London looking disheveled and swigging from a vodka bottle while his new movie, Damascus Cover, was being previewed at the Cannes Film Festival.
In a statement he says he was heading home after a night out with friends when the picture was taken: " I am on the mend and thank well wishers and sorry for my disheveled appearance. I was on my way home from a friends and had not changed." He continues: ""I apologizes [sic] for having a minor relapse and hope that people don't think too badly of me."
He is believed to have had six stints in rehab over the past few years, including programmes at the Promises facility in Malibu in 2005 and 2007.
In November 2011, the star was ordered by a French court to pay a restitution of €1,000 and was given a suspended sentence for public intoxication.