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"I'm a Celebrity" Producers Respond to Speidi Abuse Allegations

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Jun. 7 2009, Published 8:38 a.m. ET

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Following the revelation on Saturday night that Heidi Montag had been taken to a hospital in Costa Rica after falling ill on the set of NBC reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, online rumors have begun to circulate that the Hills star and her husband Spencer Pratt had been "tortured" and refused food and water by the show's producers.

However, in a statement released by the show exclusively to OK!, they dismiss the allegations as untrue.

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Reads the statement:

"ITV Studios, producers of the series, state that press reports at this time are untrue. ITV has been producing this format around the world for many years and the health of the celeb participants are of the utmost importance. A medic and a doctor are present at the location at all times for all participants. All allegations of the celebrities being deprived of food and water are completely untrue."

The first person to publicly make these claims against the show was Spencer's sis, Stephanie Pratt, who Tweeted that her sister-in-law's hospitalization came after "being locked in a dark room for 3 days w no food or water."

When OK! talked to Stephanie on Sunday she said Speidi, "would have done fine there if they weren't treated like they were terrorists or criminals."

But one insider tells OK! that the couple, who had been staying in hotels during most of the week, only spent about 14 hours sequestered in the show's "Lost Chamber" where they weren't subjected to any of the wildlife or nasty weather that the other contestants — who continued to sleep outside — were living with.

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