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Actor Robert Downey Jr. was once considered a wild guy. Now he is the star of the Iron Man superhero movies and he even got a pardon from Governor Jerry Brown late last year for past convictions.
His son is following in most of his footsteps, and that applies to drugs and crime, as well as a career in the movies. Indio Downey this week had his criminal case dismissed by a judge after he submitted evidence that he successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program, according to the New York Daily News.
A Young Inspiration
Young Downey was stopped by Los Angeles police after he was caught driving and smoking a suspicious looking pipe in August 2014. Cops found cocaine on him and he was charged with felony possession of cocaine. As this week's dismissal shows, Downey was offered a deal by the prosecution, and it looks like the deal is now sealed.
In fact, Downey got what sounds like a good and rare deal, legally speaking, an alternative sentence that leaves him with no criminal record. It will be as if none of this ever happened.
He told Judge Lauren Weis Birnstein that he appreciated the opportunity to turn his life around and hopes to serve as an example to others. "I would like to say I am truly grateful for the experience I had over the last 20 months in recovery." He went on, "I'm so blessed to have my life back. I hope to be an inspiration to work with others in the future."
The Family Line
The young Downey is perhaps assuming more influence than he has, as his antics are mostly interesting due to his association with dad. He is the son of Deborah Falconer and Robert Downey Jr. Indio was only 20 years old when charged for drug possession, and his father stood by him.
"Unfortunately, there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it," Robert Downey Jr. told reporters in 2014. "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."
Now 22-years-old, Indio Downey is just getting started in the family business. He has appeared in the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ... and now in court. He is not yet the major draw that dad is but give it time -- Indio does come from an acting line. After all, Robert Downey Jr. is the son of Robert Downey Sr. who is also an actor.