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Ryan O’Neal, son charged with felony drug possession

October 16, 2008

Well, celebrity drug abuse and violations of law are not new anymore but this case is more intertwined than most….
By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles Times

Prosecutors charged actor Ryan O’Neal and his son Redmond today with felony drug possession.

The O’Neals were arrested Sept. 17 after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies conducting a probation search at the 67-year-old actor’s Malibu home said they found methamphetamine on Redmond O’Neal, 23, and in his father’s bedroom.

The search was related to a case involving Redmond O’Neal, 23, who was on probation after his guilty plea in June for felony drug possession and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Ryan O’Neal, who was nominated for an Oscar for the 1970 movie “Love Story,” is charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. The son faces the same felony count and two misdemeanors: possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of pepper spray.

Redmond, whose mother is actress Farrah Fawcett, was arrested last year on charges related to carrying heroin and crystal meth while driving under the influence in Malibu. He pleaded not guilty to drug possession and one misdemeanor DUI charge as part of a deal intended to help him avoid jail. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and $1,688 in fines for the DUI charge. In another case from 2005, Redmond O’Neal was placed on probation stemming from an arrest on suspicion of methamphetamine and cocaine possession.

Ryan O’Neal was arrested last year on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm after firing a gunshot during an argument with another son, Griffin O’Neal. The actor told authorities that Griffin, 43, had picked up a fireplace poker and started swinging it. Griffin grazed him four or five times and “aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head,” Ryan O’Neal said at the time. The actor said he fired a warning shot intended to scare his son. Both defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 13 in Malibu.
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