Rebecca Gayheart caught smoking crack

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Rebecca Gayheart is embroiled in a drugs and nude photo scandal, after a U.S. tabloid published pictures of the actress naked and holding what appears to be crack cocaine paraphernalia.

In the pictures, Gayheart and an unidentified, seemingly intoxicated, woman are shown in a bathtub. The star is clutching a lighter and a glass pipe.

The National Enquirer report suggests the pictures were taken in February 2003 - 18 months before Gayheart married Grey's Anatomy hunk Eric Dane.

A source tells the magazine Gayheart took the photos as a gift for her then-boyfriend.

The eyewitness is quoted as saying, "It happened on the Los Angeles party scene. Rebecca agreed to do a nude photo session for a boyfriend who wanted to have pictures of her as a turn-on. He told me they were partying and smoking crack together."

The insider alleges Gayheart kicked drugs after a spell in rehab.

It's not the first time the 37 year old has found herself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons; in 2001 she pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter after a car crash that killed a nine-year-old boy, while she was allegedly using her cellphone.

The star's representatives had yet to comment about the Enquirer's report as WENN went to press.