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In a perfect world, we would like to think all children learn from their parents’ mistakes, but sadly, the next generation often goes through the same trials and tribulations. Over the weekend, Robert Downey Jr’s 20-year-old son Indio, best known for appearing in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, was arrested in West Hollywood for possession of cocaine, one of the main drugs that temporarily derailed his father’s promising career and landed him in jail.
Details on the case are still a little fuzzy, but according to TMZ, Indio Downey was riding in a car in West Hollywood on Sunday afternoon when a police officer allegedly saw someone inside the car smoking out of a pipe. A traffic stop was conducted afterward, and the banned substance was allegedly found in Indio’s possession. He was subsequently hauled off to jail, booked and released after posting bail around midnight.
Here’s what his father had to say…
“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. 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.”
Robert Downey Jr was an actor on the rise throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was nominated for an Academy Award and was widely considered one of Hollywood’s most promising new stars. Unfortunately, battles with cocaine and heroin almost completely ruined his career. He was arrested countless times and repeatedly failed at rehab. For awhile, he was considered almost uninsurable, but eventually, he sobered up, put the pieces of his career back together and became one of the biggest stars in the world.
So, if any parent can truly understand both the allure and the risks of recreation drug use, it’s Robert Downey Jr. Hopefully, he opens up to his son and is able to help him start walking in the right direction.