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Ben Affleck is not getting brain surgery in China to cure his addiction to alcohol, despite a new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this absurd claim. We're told it's untrue.

According to the National Enquirer, "Affleck is considering potentially deadly brain surgery in China as a last-ditch effort to battle his boozy demons." A so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "Traditional rehab has failed him, and his world is crumbling." After relating how the actor has again returned to rehab, the supermarket tabloid maintains, "Ben is telling pals he's lost faith in conventional therapy and believes the risky procedure is his only hope."

The supposed insider further asserts, "Ben is planning a secret trip to China to explore controversial 'pleasure center' surgery." The outlet then describes how the proposed operation destroys "parts of the brain involved in the destructive desires of addicts as a way to permanently end their cravings." Naturally, the tabloid has a doctor, who's never treated Affleck, weigh in on the procedure.

The physician, who apparently specializes in health, fitness and nutrition, offers how "operating on that area of the brain can cause catastrophic damage," including memory loss. "Any brain surgery can be fatal if it is not perform correctly," says the doctor, adding how Affleck would potentially be "taking his life into his own hands" since he contends there's "no real oversight in China."

There's one teeny weensy problem with the tabloid's tale. Affleck is not considering the Chinese brain surgery, as alleged in the magazine's article. He's still very committed to his rehab program in California. A rep for Affleck tells Gossip Cop on the record that the publication's claim is untrue. Meanwhile, a mutual friend of ours and the actor similarly laughed off the outlet's premise.

Far be it from Gossip Cop to question the Enquirer's reporting about the actor; however, it is the same magazine we busted just a few days ago when it published an equally ridiculous story about how Affleck was going to marry Playboy model Shauna Sexton in rehab. It's also the same outlet we corrected when it falsely claimed Affleck underwent an exorcism by Jennifer Garner before rehab. Curiously, the often debunked tabloid didn't mention anything about the wedding in rehab (or his exorcism) in its latest article.

It should also be noted the controversial brain surgery for addiction was actually banned in China in 2004 by its Ministry of Health. And though it was allowed to still be performed for research purposes on the mentally ill, many in the scientific community have questioned whether the risks outweigh the relatively small benefits. In any case, one need not be a brain surgeon to suspect the magazine's article about Affleck wanting to have the procedure in China is phony.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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