The Downeys Have Long History Of Drug Abuse


Indio Downey, Robert Downey Jr.’s son, was arrested on drug charges on Sunday, June 29, the Los Angeles Times reported.

This didn’t come as a surprise thanks to a 1996 People story, “Hitting Bottom,” which detailed Downey Jr.’s way into drugs courtesy of his father Robert Downey Sr. The story goes, “ In a 1988 interview for The New Breed, a book on young actors…Downey claimed his father had introduced him to drugs (marijuana, says a female friend of the actor’s) in New York City before he was a teenager. As director of such irreverent comedies as Putney Swope, Greaser’s Palace and Pound (in which 5-year-old Robert played a puppy), Downey Sr. was a force in the counterculture of the late ’60s and early ’70s. In his family, said Downey Jr., ‘there was always a lot of pot and coke around.’ Drugs became an emotional bond. ‘When my dad and I would do drugs together,’ explained Downey, ‘it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how.’ Eventually, Downey saw no reason not to ‘spend every night out getting drunk … making a thousand phone calls in pursuit of drugs.

Downey Jr., who got sober about a decade ago, made the same introduction for Indio Downey, a 20-year-old actor and musician.

But in a statement, the actor acknowledged the burden of such a history.

Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” Downey Jr. said. “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.”

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