Martin Sheen testified via video for "Twin Peaks" actor James Marshall, who is claiming Roche Holding AG’s Accutane acne drug caused his inflammatory bowel disease, which led to the end of his acting career, reports Bloomberg.
Sheen said he has known Marshall since his birth, since he was a close friend of his father’s, and directed Marshall in a TV special called "Babies Having Babies" and the film "Cadence," the story says.
"The two times I directed him he looked like an actor,” Sheen said. “He had great energy and vitality and a great sense of humor." Sheen testified that Marshall changed when he developed ulcerative colitis, noting, "He was extremely thin. There was a marked difference in his personality. He was not as gregarious or fun-loving or as social as I remembered him."
Marshall, who is seeking $11 million in damages from Roche, had emergency surgery in 1995 to have his colon removed and has testified that he’s a "prisoner in my home" who must use the bathroom 20 times on some days, the article notes. The article adds that Roche pulled Accutane off the market in 2009 after some former users were awarded millions in damages over bowel-disease claims.
Marshall played a moody biker on the TV series "Twin Peaks."