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Rob Lowe on Sex Tape Scandal: "Greatest Thing that Ever Happened to Me"

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Apr. 28 2011, Published 12:26 p.m. ET

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Rob Lowe has written an autobiography titled Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and one friend he's discussing it with is Oprah Winfrey. The actor didn't hold back when he talked about his 1989 sex tape scandal.

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The sex tape, leaked in 1989, featured Rob, a friend and two girls (one girl was later revealed to be only 16 years old).

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Rob's scandal was one of the first celebrity sex tapes to go public.

"Let me just say this," Rob said on The Oprah Winfrey Show today. "Sometimes being a trailblazer is highly overrated."

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Rob, then 22, met the girl in a 21-and-over club that required ID to be shown before entering. The actor explained, "So there's no way I would have ever thought anybody in the club would be underage."

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After the tape leaked, Rob went into hiding, but now he says he's happy it happened.

"It ends up being the greatest thing that ever happened to me," he said. "Because what it ends up doing is accelerating my alcohol addiction to where I finally get sober. I have been able to have the rest of my life that I'm so blessed with, which is now 20 years of sobriety."

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