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Matthew Perry’s Sobriety Was a Lie: New Report Claims Abusive, Reckless Behavior

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A sad and disturbing report describes Matthew Perry lying about his sobriety — and worse.

The late Friends star struggled for many years with substance abuse issues.

Given that Perry’s autopsy report included a deadly cocktail, that struggle ultimately claimed his life.

But this report sheds new light on the ways that Perry’s inner turmoil impacted others. It describes him as allegedly once attacking a friend who confronted him.

Matthew Perry in front of the cameras in 2015.
Matthew Perry attends Phoenix House’s 12th Annual Triumph For Teens Awards Gala at the Montage Beverly Hills on June 15, 2015. (Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Three separate anonymous sources spoke to Us Weekly in a story published Wednesday January 10, 2024 to allege that Matthew Perry lied about his sobriety and had a history of abusive behavior.

“He was verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive,” claimed one insider.

Describing him as a “manipulative” person, the source added: “All he knew how to do was cause pain and play the victim.”

Matthew Perry in 2022.
Matthew Perry attends the GQ Men of the Year Party 2022 at The West Hollywood EDITION on November 17, 2022. (Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for GQ)

Not all of the inside sources saw eye-to-eye on this, given their varying experiences (and assessments) of Perry.

A second insider declined to characterize Perry as a “horrible human being” as the first one had.

Instead, this second source described Perry as having been “warped” by his addiction.

Matthew Perry on tour in 2017.
Matthew Perry of the television show ‘The Kennedys – After Camelot’ speaks onstage during the REELZChannel portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2017. (Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Addiction and recovery became Matthew Perry’s lifelong struggle

Though Perry’s greatest claim to fame remains Friends, much of his public brand relates to his decades-long struggles with substance abuse.

In October of 2022, the actor offered an estimate: he had spent $9 million trying to become sober, and had remained clean of all substances for about 18 months.

One year later, he passed away. Authorities uncovered a vast array of substances in his home, but did not locate any illegal substances (outside of his body, that is).

Matthew Perry attends a theater in 2017.
Matthew Perry attends the opening night on Broadway of Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” starring Laurie Metcalf and Chris Cooper at Golden Theatre on April 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for u0022A Doll’s House, Part 2u0022)

As for Perry’s system upon his death, the medical examiner’s report confirmed that he did not have fentanyl or meth in his system.

Instead, Matthew Perry’s cause of death was the “acute effects of ketamine.”

While ketamine has legal uses and Perry had spoken about past treatments, the ME’s office indicated that it appeared to be recreational.

Matthew Perry at Magic Radio in 2015.
Matthew Perry poses for pictures at Magic Radio on April 1, 2015. (Photo Credit: Alex B. Huckle/Getty Images)

Friends immediately suspected his cause of death

One of the sources notes that Perry’s inner circle immediately suspected his cause of death when the news broke.

“Everybody close to Matthew was saying he died from an overdose,” this insider reported.

Supposedly, his close friends knew that he would habitually “isolate” himself. Furthermore, they did not believe that he’d properly dealt with underlying mental health issues.

Matthew Perry smiles while wearing glasses.
Matthew Perry arrives at the premiere of “Ride” at ArcLight Hollywood on April 28, 2015. (Photo Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

According to the first source, Perry had “crashed his Aston Martin many times while high” as his substance abuse issues rampaged unchecked.

“He just damaged the car and no one was hurt,” the insider continued, “[but] he did not consider [that] he could have killed someone.”

Just for the record, there is no official record of any accidents that is available to the public. So we cannot confirm those allegations.

Matthew Perry on stage in 2012.
Matthew Perry speaks onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012. (Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Matthew Perry allegedly attacking a friend is much more serious

Another allegation described Perry as having gotten into a physical confrontation with Morgan Moses. Moses was a close friend and is also an addiction expert.

“He threw [Moses] into a wall and threw something at her and shoved her onto a bed,” one insider described. Allegedly, this happened in March 2022, a time in which Perry’s self-reported timeline portrayed him as sober.

Perry allegedly told Moses that “If I wanted to hurt you, I would have.” The source says that he was known to have violent outbursts towards objects — punching walls, overturning furniture — as well.

Matthew Perry stands before the cameras in 2008.
Matthew Perry arrives at the 9th Annual Dinner Benefiting the Lili Claire Foundation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2006. (Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

The second insider, who also described the confrontation, described Perry as feeling remorseful and “mortified” after the fact.

“He was panicking because the person who was always by his side had left him,” this more sympathetic source explained.

“Morgan was his best friend, and he burned that to the ground. He pushed her to her absolute breaking point,” the insider characterized. “He would get pissed off about little things and then flip the narrative about what really happened to make himself the victim.”

Morgan has not made an official statement yet confirming or denying the claims.



Matthew Perry’s Sobriety Was a Lie: New Report Claims Abusive, Reckless Behavior was originally published on The Hollywood Gossip.

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