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Haggard Says He Bought Meth But Didn't Use It

Also: Admits hiring Jones as masseuse, but says they didn't have sex.

Haggard: "I never kept it very long because it's wrong" (Update: 2:45 p.m.)
Ted Haggard this morning admitted to calling Mike Jones, buying methamphetamine from him, and hiring him for a massage, but continued to deny Jones's claims that he used the drugs or that he paid Jones for sex.

"I did call him. I did call him," Haggard told Denver television station KUSA as he drove out of his house this morning. "I called him to buy some meth but I threw it away. I was buying it for me but I never used it. … I never kept it very long because it's wrong. I was tempted. I bought it, but I never used it."

Jones has claimed that he arranged for Haggard to buy methamphetamine from a third party, and that he saw Haggard use it at least a dozen times to enhance their sexual activity.

Haggard told KUSA that Jones first brought up the drug. The former National Association of Evangleicals president admitted hiring Jones for a massage, but denied having sex.

"I went there for a massage," he said from his ...

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