Scoop: Robert Downey Jr. devastasted by son's drug arrest

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but what happens when the tree has spent years clawing itself back to sobriety? Robert Downey Jr. is devastated after his 20-year-old son, Indio Falconer Downey, was arrested for cocaine possession Sunday, according to TMZ.

The Associated Press said the 20-year-old reportedly was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon after a car he was riding in was pulled over in West Hollywood. He was booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, believed to be cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

On Monday, Robert issued a statement to TMZ: “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.”

Indio, whose film credits include “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and an upcoming project called “Run For Roxanne,” posted $10,250 bail.

His father famously battled his own substance abuse problems in the 1990s. He was busted for possession of heroin and cocaine and even served time in prison before kicking drugs and returning to the Hollywood A-list with films such as “The Avengers” and “Sherlock Holmes.”


Some people land juicy media deals from their small connections to big murder cases (even Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend got a book). Talia Jane, whose mother was tangentially involved in the famous Contra Costa County murder of Elvin Bishop's daughter Selina and several others in 2000, chose to share her story on Webby Award-winning comedy site on Monday.

“That 'plot' or 'crusade' was actually an absurdly complicated scheme to raise $100,000 and start a self-help group called Impact America so they could fund an army of Brazilian child assassins that would wipe out the leaders of the Mormon Church,” Jane wries about the complicated murder plot that left five people dead and sent three to prison. “When your murderous conspiracy reads like a mistranslated synopsis of a David Lynch film, it's probably not going off without a hitch.”

The genuinely thoughtful piece, “7 Things I Learned as an Accomplice to Mass Murder,” includes musing on Jane's unstable childhood, including one encounter with one of the killers, who dismembered their victims before unsuccessfully trying to feed them to dogs.

“I once asked Dawn [Godman] for a pair of scissors,” Jane writes. “Instead, she opened a drawer and pulled out a knife that 'could cut through bone.' You might recognize this as 'not scissors.'”

Quick Takes: Silicon Valley stalwart Yahoo announced Monday that it was reviving the canceled “Community” on its website Yahoo Screen. … The Mission Mission blog reports that the Wachoski siblings were at San Francisco's Dyke March over the weekend, filming for their upcoming Netflix show. … Pharrell Williams and August Alsina were big winners at the BET Awards on Sunday. … Alexander Skarsgard and Ryan Kwanten made “True Blood” fans swoon with a hot-and-hunky sex scene in Sunday night's episode, but sadly, it was all a dream sequence.


Rapper Missy Elliott is 43. … Actress Pamela Anderson (“Baywatch”) is 47. … Country singer Michelle Wright is 53. … Actor Dan Aykroyd (“Ghostbusters”) is 62. … Singer Victor Willis of the Village People is 63. … Singer Fred Schneider of The B-52's is 63. … Singer Deborah Harry of Blondie is 69. Actress Genevieve Bujold (“Dead Ringers”) is 72. .. Actor Jamie Farr (“”M*A*S*H”) 80. … Actress Olivia de Havilland (“Gone With the Wind”) is 98.


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