'All natural, baby!' Mark Wahlberg again denies using steroids or having any connection to jailed steroid distributor under investigation by DEA
Mark Wahlberg has once again publicly denied any connection with jailed steroid distributor Richard Rodriguez.
The Hollywood star, 46, insisted to TMZ Monday that his impressive muscles and physique are the result of his strict workout regimen.
'All natural baby. All the time!' he said. 'That's hard work! If you want to do something baby, you gotta work hard. You got to make yourself an example.'
All natural: Mark Wahlberg, pictured Monday in LA, again denied Monday that he has used steroids to bulk up for movie roles after being accused of being part of a steroid ring
Wahlberg was named by Rodriguez in a telephone interview from behind bars that was posted to YouTube last week.
Rodriguez named the actor plus two other men - actor Josh Duhamel and WWE's Roman reigns - in an interview with filmmaker Jon Bravo and has also named them in a lawsuit filed in New York state.
The lawsuit names the men as just three of '50 customers in the Eastern District of New York' in a ring that made over $10 million in the distribution of illegal steroids, Forbes reports.
'These accusations are completely false,' Wahlberg’s rep told TheWrap website on January 17.
Duhamel and Reigns have also denied any steroid use or any involvement in Rodriguez's steroid ring.
Wahlberg, pictured in London in November, was named by jailed steroid distributor Richard Rodriguez in a telephone interview from behind bars that was posted to YouTube last week
Rodriguez claimed the Hollywood star used steroids to build muscle for roles such as in 2013's Pain & Gain, pictured. Wahlberg has said he packed on 40 pounds for the role by eating 12 meals a day and lifting weights
Rodriguez also named actor Josh Duhamel and WWE star Roman Reigns, right. Both have denied any steroid use or connection to Rodriguez
Rodriguez described how Wahlberg would use the steroids to bulk up for movie roles where he would be required to put on muscles in a short space of time such as The Fighter, Transformers or Pain & Gain.
Rodriguez's Miami-based Wellness Fitness Nutrition LLC (WFN) was raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last February as part of a yearlong investigation
Wahlberg told Men's Fitness he packed on 40 pounds for Pain & Gain, a body-building comedy with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson by eating 12 meals a day and following a strict routine of weight lifting and workouts.
Rodriguez's Wellness Fitness Nutrition LLC (WFN) was raided by the DEA last year following an investigation.
'At the end I'm just trying to clear my name and just make people well aware, there is a lot more people out there that were involved and are associated with my company that many individuals did not know,' Rodriguez said in the video.
Richard L. Cooper's law firm, which is representing Rodriguez, told DailyMail.com: 'While I cannot confirm or deny the allegations made by my client, I can tell you that Mr. Rodriguez’s statements were made to shed light on the rampant use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs in all areas of sports and entertainment.
'His comments only go to show that the problem is not with the supply but with the demand.'
'These accusations are completely false,' Wahlberg’s rep told TheWrap website on January 17. The actor is pictured in Transformers - Age Of Extinction in 2014
He repeated his denial on Monday when asked by TMZ
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