Drug Habit Sinks Star Again 

  Drug Habit Sinks Star Again 

Posted by FoM on April 25, 2001 at 07:42:53 PT
By Bill Hutchinson, Daily News Staff Writer 
Source: New York Daily News 

He's blessed with extraordinary acting talent that has won him fame and an Academy Award nomination, but Robert Downey Jr. has also been cursed by a drug habit that has led to a saga of rehabs, relapses and jail."I call it the Good Boy and the Goat Boy," said Downey, 36, explaining his battle with his demons in his 1993 documentary "The Last Party," which focused on the Clinton-Bush presidential race.
The troubled actor, who won a Golden Globe award in January for his role as the lover-boy lawyer on the TV show "Ally McBeal," says his father first turned him on to marijuana at the age of 6.Downey was busted by cops in 1996 for possessing cocaine, heroin and .357 magnum.A month later he was arrested again when he staggered into his neighbor's house and passed out. He was sent to drug rehab but was arrested three days later for leaving.In August 1999, he was sentenced to three years in prison for violating his probation by missing drug tests. He did a year behind bars, but landed his role on "Ally McBeal" when he was freed.Then on Nov. 25 he apparently relapsed again when police responding to a 911 call found him with drugs and guns at Merv Griffin's Resort Hotel and Givenchy Spa in Palm Springs, Calif.The actor — who got an Oscar nomination in 1992 for his critically acclaimed performance as the comedy genius Charlie Chaplin — was due to appear in court on Monday for a hearing on that case.Now he's got even more legal woes.Source: New York Daily News (NY)Author: Bill Hutchinson, Daily News Staff WriterPublished: Apri 25, 2001Copyright: 2001 Daily News, L.P. Contact: voicers Website: Articles:Robert Downey Jr Faces Trial on Drug Charges Robert Downey Jr.'s Case Spark a Change?

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