Finally, some good news in the ongoing saga of Maia Campbell, the long-troubled actress whose drug use and bipolar disorder have kept her off television and made her the subject of Internet ridicule.
Campbell, the daughter of late author Bebe Moore Campbell, has been placed in a treatment facility, according to an interview that her father, Ellis Gordon, Jr., and her grandmother Doris C. have given to to Essence magazine. Campbell, who formerly co-starred with LL Cool J on "In the House," was recently the topic of Internet drama after a video surfaced online of her speaking incoherently and appearing to be under the influence of substances.
We reported in May 2007 that a police report was filed against Campbell for allegedly having stolen a man's car in Germantown and also that she was present in April when a known drug house was raided by police. At that time we quoted concerned friends who said that she had skipped town for Los Angeles and had long battled drugs and bipolar disorder. Campbell's family thanked fans for the outpouring of love that they displayed and say that "as a family we have been struggling with Maia in her illness for quite some time. We continue to hold fast to our faith and hope that some day she will realize that healing will begin when she decides to reach out and accept the help and treatment that have been offered to her." They also urge any efforts to diagnose, treat and "erase the stigma around" mental illness.