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Condom Request Led to Pam Grier and Richard Pryor's Split

February 4, 2011 (7:47 am) GMT
The actress reveals she asked the comedian to wear a condom during sex because he was a cocaine user, but he had issue with that.
Pam Grier

Seventies pin-up and comedian 's doomed 18-month romance ended when he took issue with her requests for him to wear a condom during sex. The actress' doctor told her that cocaine-user Pryor's sperm was harming her body - because it contained traces of the drug.

And he insisted she should demand protected sex. Appearing on "" on Thursday, February 3 to promote her new memoirs, "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts", the star revealed, "There was an epidemic of a lot of people doing cocaine and it accumulated in the body and often in the prostrate gland and it would come out during your sexual activity, and inside a woman it could harm her."

"(My doctor) said, 'You'll have to ask your mate to wear protection...' It would protect me from getting the drug into my body... and so I had to tell Richard, 'You're gonna have to wear a raincoat', and he had an issue with that. I said, 'It's my life...' I chose me."

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