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DRUDGE REPORT 2002®





XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUESDAY MAY 21, 2002 20:01:39 ET XXXXX

DAVID BROCK WAS COMMITTED TO MENTAL WARD; BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUFFERED BREAKDOWN WHILE WRITING TELL-ALL, SAY SOURCES

**Exclusive**

Controversial author David Brock suffered a breakdown last summer and was committed to the psychiatric ward of Sibley Hospital in Northwest Washington, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

The breakdown came just months before Brock finalized production of his bestselling book BLINDED BY THE RIGHT -- a book that has been widely challenged on points of accuracy!

"He had delusions, he thought people were trying to kill him," reveals a source who befriended Brock last July at the hospital.

Brock told fellow patients that he did not feel safe -- even inside of the hospital's secure medical setting!

"He spent time in the ''The Quiet Room', there was just a mattress on the floor, and he had some books. He was so tired and stressed."

Reached by phone in Washington late Tuesday Brock strongly denied the hospitalization and breakdown in any way affected his ability to recall events depicted in BLINDED BY THE RIGHT. Brock strongly denied that any portion of the book was written at the hospital while he was under medical treatments, as is claimed by one source.

Publisher CROWN could not be reached late Tuesday.

Brock's book of personal observations and first-hand accounts involving various Clinton scandals and scandal players generated divided opinion.

Former President Clinton chatted up Brock's effort in Los Angeles last weekend.

"Clinton, who seems to have practically committed passages to memory, told his former aides that whenever they feel down, they should read Brock's book to illuminate anew what they were all fighting against for eight years, and as a reminder of what 'unhappy' people their counterparts on the right truly are," the LOS ANGELES TIMES reported.

But one source familiar with Brock's breakdown questioned: "With all of this, how can he be considered credible?"

Brock said by phone, "I am not going to comment on private medical matters."

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