Robert Downey Jr.’s son, Indio Downey, appears to be following in his father’s footsteps. No, not to making multimillion dollar movies, but to rehab.
Robert Downey Jr.‘s son, Indio Downey, was arrested on Sunday afternoon for possession of what deputies believe was cocaine, as reported by CBS News.
“Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction,” Robert Downey Jr. said in a statement released via TMZ, “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. 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’s car was pulled over in the West Hollywood area after a police officer drove up next to the car and noticed a passenger — reportedly Indio — smoking something out of a pipe, according to TMZ.
Indio was booked on possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Sheriff’s Sergeant Dave Valentine.
Two other people were in the car, but only Indio was arrested. CBS News reported he has since been released on bail, and a court date is set for Aug. 29.
This isn’t the first time Indio has struggled with drugs. Back in the fall of 2013, he underwent drug treatment for taking prescription pain medication.
Aside from appearing in his father’s 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Indio is an accomplished musician.
It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Robert Downey Jr. was struggling with addiction problems himself. He had several drug-related arrests before becoming sober in the early 2000s.
He told Rolling Stone in 2010, “Smoking dope and smoking coke, you are rendered defenseless. The only way out of that hopeless state is intervention.”