Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Has Cocaine Conviction Dropped

By McCarton Ackerman 03/10/16

The 22-year-old has turned his life around since his felony drug possession conviction in 2014.

 Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Has Drug Conviction Dropped
Robert Downey Jr. with son Indio in 2009 photo via Shutterstock/Everett Collection

The son of Robert Downey Jr., Indio Downey, has followed in the footsteps of his famous father by sobering up and being absolved of his criminal past.

On Tuesday, a California judge wiped his felony drug possession conviction from the 22-year-old’s criminal record after he proved that he successfully completed a drug treatment program.

Downey was arrested in West Hollywood in June 2014 and later pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine after spending two months in a drug treatment program. Because it was his first criminal offense, he was given the chance to have his charges dropped if he completed treatment and remained sober for 18 months.

“I would like to say I am truly grateful for the experience I had over the last 20 months in recovery,” Downey told Judge Lauren Weis Birnstein. “I’m so blessed to have my life back. I hope to be an inspiration to work with others in the future.”

Sources told TMZ that Downey had bounced in and out of treatment for years prior to his arrest, despite his best intentions to stay clean—and that his father played a significant role in keeping him sober for years. Shortly after his son's arrest in 2014, Downey Jr. told the New York Daily News that “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.”

Last November, he said to the New York Post that he was more proud of his son getting sober than his own acting career, calling it his “highlight moment.” 

In September 2014, Downey Jr. discussed his son's arrest and his own addiction struggles in Vanity Fair. "Job one is get out of that cave," he told the magazine. "A lot of people do get out but don’t change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal."

The Iron Man actor has also had luck with the legal system lately. Last December, he received a full pardon from California Gov. Jerry Brown for a 1996 drug conviction. Although the pardon does not erase the records of his crime, it’s intended to eliminate obstacles he might face in obtaining state licenses or certain forms of employment. Downey Jr. said he has been sober since July 2003 thanks to a combination of therapy, yoga, kung fu and 12-step programs.

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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.