Given his success as the swaggiest of the swaggy superheroes, Iron Man/Tony Stark, it’s easy to forget that once-upon-a-time Robert Downey Jr. was the laughingstock of Hollywood during his Alley McBeal days. An entire generation of kids probably have no idea that he was once quit the party-boy. Downey Jr was arrested on controlled substance charges a couple times during a his TV lawyerin’ days, culminating in his arrest wandering barefoot around Culver City with cocaine in his system, leading to his ultimate dismissal from the show. He did a stint in rehab and three years probation under court orders.
This past weekend, Robert Downey Jr.’s son was arrested for something eerily similar. It’s a unfortunate “like father, like son” moment for the family. Downey Jr’s 20-year-old son, Indio Falconer Downey, was arrested for cocaine possession in West Hollywood on Sunday afternoon after his car was pulled over.
Robert Downey Jr.’s son was arrested for cocaine possession in West Hollywood Sunday afternoon … law enforcement sources tell TMZ. We’re told Indio Downey was a passenger in a car at around 2 PM PT when cops drove up along side the vehicle and noticed the passenger was smoking something out of a pipe. An L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy pulled the car over, did a search and allegedly found cocaine in Indio’s possession. He was arrested and taken to jail for possession of cocaine.
Sounds like classic Hollywood rich kid shit. Downey was released later that evening on $10,250 bail. A court date is set for Aug. 29. Meanwhile, his family released a very classy statement. Via Film Drunk:
“Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being.”
Downey adds … “We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale.”
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