Rumors of Mariah attract press to hospital
Although reports of Carey's admission to Silver Hill have not been confirmed by hospital staff, police received reports of media members parked outside the private treatment center Thursday night and a low-flying aircraft overhead. Friday afternoon, Silver Hill hired an extra-duty police officer to guard the hospital that evening and the next two days. After things calmed down, the officer was canceled for yesterday, Ferris said.
Carey, 31, suffered an "emotional and physical breakdown" and checked herself into a hospital July 25, her publicist announced last week. Rumors quickly surfaced that Carey was staying at Silver Hill. Ferris said he discussed "the rumor about a celebrity patient" with hospital staff and how police respond to trespassers. "It makes it really tough for us because we don't know exactly what we're dealing with," Ferris said. "Whether it's true or not, we'll respond to the trespassers. They're very strict about who can come on the property."
Dr. Richard Frances, medical director and president of Silver Hill, would not discuss the rumors about Carey. "We really want to protect the confidentiality of any individual that's going through treatment at the hospital," Frances said.
On Sunday, two male patients on the grounds at Silver Hill said they see Carey regularly. They said she stays in a private house and doesn't speak to many people. "She wears her sunglasses all the time and they are Chanel," one patient said. He said she also wears a T-shirt decorated with a picture of a kitten and the word "precious". On her first day, the other patient said Carey was watching the news when a report about her came on. He said everyone in the room stared at the singer.
The 20-year-old patient, who requested anonymity, said reporters have been storming the facility, trying to glean information about Carey. He said he is selling a story and photograph to a tabloid newspaper for several thousand dollars. The Star newspaper asked for the worst picture possible of Carey, he said. When contacted yesterday, a reporter at the tabloid admitted it often pays for articles but could not confirm whether a deal was made.
The hospital, built in 1931, is on 60 acres near the Wilton border. Frances said the not-for-profit psychiatric and substance abuse treatment center has a full capacity of 84 patients and is known for its individual care. "We have had many famous people that have come through, but I would never mention the names of any of them," Frances said.
The psychiatric treatment center has treated such celebrities as Liza Minnelli, Gregg Allman and Joan Kennedy. Author Rick Moody, who spent part of his childhood in New Canaan, prominently featured Silver Hill in his novel "The Ice Storm", which is set in the town. Its name is Silver Meadow in the novel and is not mentioned in the film.
Though police have been called to Silver Hill several times in the past week, Ferris said no arrests have been made. Police cleared a group of reporters outside yesterday morning, but it remained quiet the rest of the day. "It's a public road, you can drive up and down, but parking is the problem because that's a narrow portion," he said.
The release date of her new movie "Glitter" has been postponed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 21, movie studio 20th Century Fox said. The movie, about an aspiring pop singer, was scheduled to be released on the same day as a soundtrack with the same title. Carey had canceled her publicity tour for the film, along with other public appearances.
Carey's spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, said Carey has been working too hard and getting too little sleep. The singer signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Virgin Records in April after leaving Columbia Records, where she got her start. Carey's No. 1 hits include "Fantasy", "Dream Lover" and "Always Be My Baby".
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