ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Dracula may be the Prince of Darkness, but it seems the star of NBC's vampire hit is battling demons of another kind. has reportedly had a sizable chunk of his estimated $100,000 per episode salary withheld until filming for Dracula is complete, amid fears that his problems with substance abuse would disrupt production.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was already a high profile face on the small screen, having starred in Showtime's The Tudors, which earned him two nominations at the Golden Globes. However, the star's charismatic performance hid a struggle with alcohol behind the scenes, including detainments for imbibing at airports in Paris, New York and Dublin.

Given the viewing figures - over 5 million viewers for the series premiere - and positive reviews of the show, Dracula didn't suffer for having its star sandwich filming between stints in rehab. Although NBC refused to comment about Meyers' pay issue, a source said of his condition:

Jonathan's in a really good place, and he's healthy.

Let's hope that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is feeling good and getting the proper reimbursement for his powerful lead role in Dracula. Are you watching Dracula on NBC?



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