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Lamar Odom may escape consequences for reportedly using cocaine

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Lamar Odom now has one less thing to worry about during his recovery

Lamar Odom might be paying the price for his overdose with his health, but he will at least escape the legal consequences of that fateful day.

Despite the fact that lab tests reportedly proved Odom had taken cocaine on the day he was found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel, he will not face any drug possession charges because of a technicality — he had taken all the drugs, so he no longer had any in his possession.

According to a spokesperson for the Nye County district attorney, despite the fact that "evidence showed Mr. Odom had metabolized cocaine in his system while he was present in Nye County in October of 2015, he was not found in the possession of cocaine and it is unlikely it could [be] established beyond a reasonable doubt he actually ingested, or was impaired by, the drug during the time he was within the jurisdiction of Nye County."

Translation: There is no way to scientifically prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Odom took any drugs while he was in Nye County, because by the time testing was done, the drugs had metabolized enough that a timeline could not be established.

It's just one more piece of good news for Odom, who is on a slow but steady road to recovery. He was finally released from a Los Angeles area hospital last Wednesday to a private rehabilitation center, where he will continue intense physical therapy.

He was photographed in public for the first time since his overdose last Friday, when he was spotted in the passenger seat of a car in Los Angeles. It is unclear where he was going, and the driver of the vehicle could not be identified.

Meanwhile his ex, Khloé Kardashian, is still by his side.

"I'm just there to support and care for him," she told reporters at the 2016 Television Critics Association press tour event about her upcoming talk show, Kocktails with Khloé.

"But he's doing amazing, and I'm so proud of the strength that he has to fight this battle that's his battle," she said. "I'm so grateful for everybody's love and concern, because I do think it's coming from a good place."

Lamar Odom now has one less thing to worry about during his recovery
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