Bree Walker, the veteran television news anchor whose genetic condition made her a disabled-rights advocate, has entered a rehab facility to seek treatment for alcoholism.
Walker, now 61, exploded on the local news scene in the '80s and '90s on CBS 2, working in both New York and Los Angeles and bringing awareness to a condition called ectrodactyly, which causes missing fingers and the fusing together of digits.
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She faded from the spotlight in the '90s, taking time away to raise her two children, who both inherited her disability.
But now Walker is making headlines again after being arrested on suspicion of DUI in February. She says that the arrest was a wakeup call.
"I was so embarrassed, ashamed, numb, dead inside," she told CBS New York.
"It was terrifying, embarrassing, humiliating. That’s when I thought: 'OK, I’m ready. I'm done. I'm done.'"
The former anchor said she chose to make her story public so as to hold herself accountable for her actions.
"I need a public eye on me because I’m a public nuisance," she said. "I'm enough of a sneaky cheat, liar, that I will lie to myself. If things are starting to go too well I’ll find a way to f— it up. I know that about myself.
"I thought, what the hell? I’ve got nothing to be secret about anymore," she added. "If I can help somebody — I was contributing to the epidemic of DUI, so I have to be outed or I’ll be deadly."
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