Robert Downey Jr’s son following dad’s footsteps?

Actor says it is likely that his son has a genetic predisposition towards drug addiction.


Reuters July 01, 2014

LOS ANGELES: Actor Robert Downey Jr’s son has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession in West Hollywood, California, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy said.

Indio Falconer Downey, the 20-year-old son of the Iron Man actor, was arrested on Sunday afternoon with what authorities believe was cocaine and a pipe used to smoke it, Sergeant Dave Valentine said.

Valentine said Indio was arrested after the car he was a passenger in was pulled over by a deputy. No one else in the car was arrested.

He posted bail of $10,250 and was released shortly after midnight PDT (0700 GMT). He has a court date set for August 29.

Indio appeared in the 2005 crime comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in which his father, who has also struggled with drug addiction in the past, starred alongside Val Kilmer.

Robert Downey Jr said in a statement that he believes his son likely has genetic predisposition to addiction.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Indio is Robert Downey Jr’s only child with his first wife, Deborah Falconer. The pair were married from 1992 to 2004. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2014.

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