Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Arrested On Drug Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 06/30/14

Indio Downey has taken the dangerous course of following his father's old footsteps.

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Father and son in 2009.

Robert Downey Jr. may be clean and sober these days, but it appears that drug problems still run in the family. His 20-year-old son, Indio, was arrested this past Sunday for possession of cocaine.

The incident took place in the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hollywood. Few details of the arrest have been released, but the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Indio was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over and that he was arrested on felony narcotics charges. He has since posted $10,250 bail and will appear in court on Aug. 29. Although it’s possible the charges could lead to jail time for Indio, it’s unlikely this will happen since he didn’t have a prior criminal record.

Downey, Jr. released a statement about his son’s arrest, declaring that “there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. 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.”

Of course, Downey, Jr. had a well-documented battle with his own addiction before getting sober in the early 2000s. He said his father had been giving him drugs since the age of eight and was arrested on drug charges numerous times from 1996-2001. He went through several drug treatment programs, including one for nearly a year that was located inside a state prison in Corcoran, Calif.

But after his last arrest in April 2001, he ultimately realized something had to change. "I said, 'You know what? I don't think I can continue doing this.' And I reached out for help, and I ran with it,” Downey, Jr. said. “You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way and you'll get it and you won't take advantage of it. It's not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems...what's hard is to decide to do it."

In a true symbol of his career resurgence over the last decade, Forbes magazine revealed yesterday that they had labeled Downey Jr. as the most powerful actor in the world. He is also on board to produce a drama for Showtime that takes place in a Venice Beach rehab during the 1980s.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.