‘Titanic’ Film Crew Was Drugged With PCP In 1996

We may soon learn more about what happened when dozens of crew members from the movie “Titanic” were fed soup laced with a hallucinogenic drug while filming in Nova Scotia.

A new report(opens in a new tab) from the province’s information and privacy commissioner is telling Halifax Regional Police (HRP) to disclose more details about the August 1996 incident, which sent around 80 “Titanic” crew members to hospital in Dartmouth, N.S., including director James Cameron.

Initially fearing food poisoning, all had in fact unknowingly eaten lobster chowder spiked with the drug phencyclidine, which is also known as PCP and angel dust.

Speaking about the infamous incident, crew members have described a long and strange night of chaos and confusion that even involved a hospital conga line.

“Some people were laughing, some people were crying, some people were throwing up,” actor Bill Paxton told Entertainment Weekly(opens in a new tab) at the time.

The commissioner’s report was made in response to a freedom of information request complaint. While Halifax police initially released 10 pages of records, much of it was heavily redacted.

“The responsive records consist of HRP’s rapid incident report,” Nova Scotia information and privacy commissioner Tricia Ralph explained. “This report is essentially 10 pages of narrative text regarding HRP’s investigation into the alleged lacing of food with PCP. It details who HRP officers talked to and what those people said.”

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