December 08, 2003 01:00 PM

Ozzy Osbourne says there’s a good reason for his zonked-out behavior in public and on his MTV show: He was over-prescribed powerful anti-psychotic and tranquilizing drugs by a Beverly Hills physician, which led to a 42-pill-per-day habit, he tells the Los Angeles Times.

“I was wiped out on pills,” Osbourne , 55, tells the newspaper, which supports his claim by publishing credit card records and other receipts on its Web site. “I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t walk. I could barely stand up. I was lumbering about like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It got to the point where I was scared to close my eyes at night afraid I might not wake up.”

Osbourne said he was prescribed Valium, Dexedrine, Mysoline and other powerful drugs, which medical experts assert should not have been mixed for one patient. The Times reports that Osbourne’s doctor, David Kipper of Beverly Hills, has been investigated for over-prescribing drugs to other celebrity patients. (Kipper did not return calls to the Associated Press.)

The California Medical Board sought to revoke Kipper’s license last week, accusing him of gross negligence in his treatment of other patients. No action has been taken, AP notes.

“I have only good wishes for Mr. Osbourne and for his family and for their good health,” Kipper says in a statement to the Times. Kipper’s attorney, John Harwell, tells the paper: “I can tell you that virtually every allegation you are reporting is inaccurate, incomplete or … false.”

Osbourne and his manager-wife, Sharon, 51, believe the amount of drugs given to the rocker caused his frequently disoriented behavior on “The Osbournes.” Osbourne reportedly fired Kipper in September, more than a year after becoming his patient.

Until being fired, Kipper charged the Osbournes $650,000 for his services, said the Times. The medications he prescribed cost them an additional $58,000.

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