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MYSTERIOUS WOMAN WITH JOHN BELUSHI HOURS BEFORE HIS DEATH BREAKS HER TEN-YEAR SILENCE

        MYSTERIOUS WOMAN WITH JOHN BELUSHI HOURS BEFORE HIS DEATH
                     BREAKS HER TEN-YEAR SILENCE
    NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Speaking out for the first time, April Milstead, the mysterious friend of the late John Belushi who was with him only hours before his death and frequently shared cocaine with him, denied any responsibility for his demise and lashed out at Cathy Smith, the woman who allegedly administered the fatal speedball that killed the comedian exactly ten years ago.
    Milstead, who said she was "not at all" surprised that Belushi did cocaine with her on a regular basis, said they "saw each other almost every day."  It was not uncommon for Belushi to "knock on my door at five in the morning if he had any troubles or was bothered by something," she said.
    She told "A Current Affair" correspondent Mary Garofalo in an exclusive interview, that she was "livid" when she first heard Smith was implicating her in the death of Belushi.  The interview will be telecast nationwide on "A Current Affair," Wednesday, March 4.
    "She's ridiculous.  It's ridiculous," said Milstead of Smith's accusations. "She's got nothing more to think about obviously. ... Maybe she's done too many drugs for too long.  She needs some help seriously. She's probably going to try to murder me if she ever sees me."
    Cathy Smith has claimed over the years that Milstead was the one responsible for supplying Belushi with the drugs that killed the comedian on March 5, 1982.  She has charged that Milstead was with Belushi when he died, that she panicked, cleaned things up, left the scene and then framed Smith.
    "They found drugs in her (Smith's) purse, they found the needles, they found everything.  She was the last one there.  I saw him on Monday, never shot up with him ... She's just trying to find another scapegoat," Milstead said.
    At another point in the interview, which was recorded last week, Milstead said, "I didn't kill him.  She knows I didn't kill John Belushi.  Everyone knows I didn't kill John Belushi.  It's absurd."
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