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Jonathan Rhys Meyers prevented from boarding flight after appearing intoxicated - report

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been battling a long-term addiction to alcohol.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was reportedly prevented from boarding a flight to Vancouver from Dublin Airport after he was suspected of being "under the influence" of alcohol.

The Tudors actor was allegedly seen staggering around the Irish airport looking dazed and confused.

According to editors at British newspaper Mirror Online, the 40-year-old Irish star was "completely out of it" and a source told the news site he appeared "dishevelled" and was reportedly struggling to stand at times.

The Vikings actor, who is a recovering alcoholic, has previously been admitted to rehab for help in battling his addiction.

In one picture obtained by Mirror Online, Rhys can be seen being escorted by security guards to a seat in the departure lounge and in another he is seen leaning against a wall looking tired and dazed.

"He was staggering around for a good while. He wasn't causing any hassle with anyone, he just seemed to be really intoxicated. It was very sad to see him like this," an eyewitness told the publication.

"He looked like someone who didn't have a clue where he was... Other passengers were concerned to see him in such a way just after 10am.

"It really looked like his demons had caught up with him again. He's such a talented actor, it's tragic," the source added.

According to the Mirror Online, at one stage the actor had to be physically supported by his travelling companion as he was unable to stand up unaided.

He was also reportedly led away from the departure gate by a uniformed airport policeman after allegedly being deemed in an unfit state to board the plane.

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