David Hasselhoff's Fall From A-List to Addiction

He was once considered one of the world's biggest TV stars.

These days, David Hasselhoff, the star of the iconic television series "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider," is known as much for his acrimonious divorce and drunken antics off-screen as he is for his current role as one of the judges on "America's Got Talent."

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Reports that he was hospitalized this weekend after a drinking bender only add to the fodder of Hasselhoff as a washed-up television icon.

Hasselhoff's reps, however, say all is not as it appears.

"He's a recovering alcoholic," his attorney Mel Goldsman told ABCNews.com. "But he's really been doing great."

Goldsman called reports that Hasselhoff suffered from a case of alcohol poisoning and had to be hospitalized Saturday "nonsense."

In a statement released Monday to ABCNews.com, Goldsman said: "Mr. Hasselhofff was at no time in the condition described in those stories. Mr. Hasselhoff spoke to his attorneys on Sunday, and was absolutely fine."

RadarOnline.com first reported that Hasselhoff's 16-year-old daughter Hayley found him unconscious and hardly breathing Saturday, at which point she called her mother, Hasselhoff's ex-wife, Pamela Bach, who rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he was treated for alcohol poisoning.

TMZ then reported that Hasselhoff was indeed drinking but was nowhere near unconscious. But he was fighting an illness, and combined with the drinking, he decided to take a trip to the hospital, where he remained overnight, according to the report.

On Sunday, Hasselhoff's publicist Judy Katz told TMZ: "(Hasselhoff) is fine and well and happy and is celebrating his father Joe Hasselhoff's 80th birthday tonight at dinner ... along with his girlfriend, Kimberly."

Goldsman dismissed RadarOnline's report as a false story planted by Hasselhoff's ex-wife. Bach's representative did not return phone calls from ABCNews.com.

In the statement released to ABCNews.com, he said, "Mr. Hasselhoff is both disturbed and saddened by the fact that a certain individual is disseminating grossly inaccurate stories about him to the press for ulterior motives."

Timeline of Hasselhoff's Decline

Goldsman is referring, of course, to Bach, Hasselhoff's wife of 16 years and the mother of their two daughters Taylor and Hayley.

He told ABCNews.com that, as part of the divorce settlement, Bach was precluded from contacting the media regarding her ex-husband, and she would be in violation of the court order if indeed the story came from her. He said they are considering filing a legal action against her.

It wouldn't be the first public battle for the once popular television personality, whose career has been on a downhill slide since "Baywatch," which was once watched by an estimated 1 billion viewers, ended in 2001.

More popular in Europe, Hasselhoff even scored a number-one hit on the German pop charts with his 1989 song "Looking for Freedom," which he sang on top of the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve, 1989.

But Hasselhoff's personal life began to overshadow his public persona when reports of his drinking and the breakup of his marriage first surfaced. Here are some of the key events of Hasselhoff's descent:

January 2006

Hasselhoff announced that he was filing for divorce from Bach, a former star of the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" and the couple had agreed to an amicable settlement.

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