DANCING On Ice star Bez has revealed how he nearly got shot to death over and over again for drugs.
Happy Monday rocker was attacked by South American agents, with whom he dropped a gun in the throat during a trip to New York.
He opened up about the terrifying incident in his book Freaky Dancing: Me and The Monday’s.
About the fall that occurred after he and friends tried to hit some drugs in a dark alley in a US city in the 1980s, he wrote: “A Puerto Rican gang surrounded them me and this kid pulled out guns and stabbed me in the throat.
“I realized that I might have problems with my hands. But God must have looked down on me because then a guy showed up at the end of the alley and quickly diffused the situation and dragged me away while I was arguing about the pitch.
“Maybe I was a little too excited and energetic at the time, but I can be when I’m high.”
Details of Bez’s lucky escape come weeks after Sun Online revealed that he had once rioted in prison over junk food.
He was jailed at age 17 after becoming homeless and serving more than three years in prison.
He served a term at a youth detention center and was then sent to HMP Hindley in Bickershaw, Greater Manchester.
He got into fights, riots and even smuggled cigarettes while in prison.
The percussionist said it was every man for himself before adding: “The next day we were ordered to write down the reason for the riot. Every man wrote that the reason for the riot was that we hadn’t had enough errands the previous Sunday.
“Next Sunday, everyone had extra snacks to keep us happy. F** cking ace! The things a guy has to do to get his fair share of knick-knacks, is amazing.”
In another, the father of three explained how he had been at the new prison less than an hour before he found himself in a fight.
Bez says he was approached by an Irish man who thought he would be an easy target: “This Irish kid took one look at me and went to get my fork like a ruse to see if he can get me to eat is a pushover.
“No chance, I don’t have it, I thought and immediately poked him in the eye, delivered a headbutt followed by a few good shots while he lost his balance.”
But not all days are filled with something for Bez to care about his mental health
“As you can imagine, time goes by very slowly in a place like that,” said Boltonian. It’s a constant mind battle to stay on top of everything and not fall into depression.
“There have been some horrific incidents of violence that hit every man’s mind there.”
When Bez doesn’t sleep all day or go to church on Sundays, he finds it interesting to compete with other inmates to see who can figure out the easiest way to smuggle cigarettes.
Being tasked with managing the cleanup meant Bez “discovered the best way to get the contraband in” despite the smoking ban.
The ‘step up’ singer explained: “I won, having full access to the visitor’s restroom meant I could put my cigars in a towel roll holder and just collect that in my day.”
When the last TV star left, he made a promise to himself that he would never come back and has since stayed true to his word.
Bez said in his book he missed a lot of the more gruesome details of life inside Strangeways prison, Manchester, out.
He explains: “I simply couldn’t face going into it all and opening the deep crate I had been trying to keep hidden for the past fifteen years.
“It makes me feel physically depressed just thinking about that period of my life.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/17640903/dancing-on-ice-bez-gun-drugs/ Dancing On Ice star Bez has revealed that he almost got shot dead in a row because of drugs