April 22, 2006

DiCaprio given medical care in S.Africa -hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio
was flown from location in Mozambique to neighboring South
Africa for medical treatment, a hospital official said on

A Johannesburg newspaper said he had been injured while
filming his latest movie "The Blood Diamond" but the hospital
official could only say he had X-ray scans.

The official told Reuters the Oscar-winning star of
"Titanic" had arrived on Friday at the hospital in Nelspruit,
near the Kruger National Park, with an entourage of bodyguards.

"He walked into the hospital grounds surrounded by
bodyguards," said Robyn Baard, spokeswoman for the Nelspruit

He consulted a doctor for about two hours and then left,
presumably for the flight back to Mozambique, Baard said.

Johannesburg's Citizen newspaper said DiCaprio, 31, had
been injured during filming but gave no details.

"Nothing was ever released about the nature of
consultation. He was never a hospital patient really, so in
terms of doctor-patient confidentiality we were not told what
the consultation was about," Baard said by telephone.

"The Blood Diamond," due for release later this year and
directed by Edward Zwick, is set amid the chaos of civil war.
It is centred around two men who find a rare gem that can
change their lives of dramatically opposite backgrounds.

Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony, is transforming its
economy after emerging from nearly two decades of devastating
civil war in 1992, but remains one of the poorest countries in
the world.

Security has been tight around DiCaprio during the filming,
with photographers and journalists kept away from the location.