• Mon, Jun 30 - 11:17 am ET

Robert Downey Jr.’s Son Was Arrested For Coke Possession, Which Is Tragically Ironic

Robert Downey Jr. looking down GIF[UPDATE: Robert Downey Jr. has released a statement on behalf of the family.

"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."

Sounds great to me.]

News is breaking right now that Robert Downey Jr.‘s son was arrested for cocaine possession this weekend, and while everyone’s experience with drugs is different, and their struggles equally valid, I can’t help feeling that this is tragically ironic on a ton of levels.

Apparently the arrest took place in West Hollywood on Sunday, when a police officer pulled alongside the vehicle that RDJ’s twenty-year old son Indio was a passenger in, they saw him smoking something from a pipe. They allegedly found cocaine during a subsequent search of the car, and Indio was arrested and charged with possession. He was able to post his $10,000 bail and was released, to have what I’m sure are some very emotionally-loaded conversations with his parents.

…because Robert Downey Jr. is a recovering addict himself, obviously, and had his own extremely public struggles with drugs, going through multiple arrests, trips to rehab, and relapses between the years of 1996 and 2001. Not that his son is responsible for any of that, but you’ve got a really good resource living in the same house with you, man! If you have any problems or questions, you gotta know that of all people, your dad has answers.

Robert was able to get the help he needed to pull himself out of drug abuse, so even if you don’t respect the amount of knowledge that he’d be able to offer you, I’m hoping Indio at least respects himself and his own health enough to accept that help now that he’s had his first taste of some of the consequences of drug use.

Or at least that he’ll be responsible enough not to tempt fate by having or doing drugs around a recovering addict — his own father. Tragic tragic irony.

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  • Alana Vincenza

    That statement is so far from generic, which is great and is something I’ve come to expect from RDJ who owns up to his shitty past and is awesome now.

    • Olivia Wilson

      Totally agree.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yeah, he really nailed it with the statement.

  • The Redhead

    I’ve seen a lot of snarky comments on the web today about this. But I feel bad for RDJ, I’m sure that this was a huge fear of his and his heart has got to be breaking right now. Hopefully his son will be able to get the help he needs now before it becomes a lifelong problem.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I hope you didn’t feel like this was snarky!

    • Valerie

      Not in the slightest.

    • The Redhead

      No, No, No…. that comment wasn’t directed at you Alexis. =)

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Okay great, relieved to hear it!

  • JenH1986

    I applaud RDJ for making a statement when it’s not anyone’s business. It’s clear he takes his recovery seriously and his making a statement shows that he knows how quickly things can get ugly. Part of recovery is owning your “stuff” but also understanding that “stuff”. He is showing that he clearly does both.

  • Nbl

    This is really sad. The silver lining is that RDJ went through all of this and managed to pull himself out. The best people to help someone out of addiction are former addicts. He’ll be a wonderful support system for his son.

  • A

    i·ro·ny1
    ˈīrənē,ˈiərnē/
    noun
    the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
    …… This is simply tragic and in no way ironic