Robert Downey Jr says son 'inherited' his drug issues

Robert Downey Jr with his son Indio in a photo taken in 2007. Photo/AP
Robert Downey Jr with his son Indio in a photo taken in 2007. Photo/AP

Robert Downey Jr has released a statement following his son's recent arrest for cocaine possession.

The Iron Man 3 actor - who has famously battled with addiction in the past and was arrested numerous times in the 1990s on drug-related charges - believes his oldest child Indio, 20, "likely inherited" his weakness for substance abuse, but will hopefully overcome his issues.

Robert, 49, told Us Magazine: "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. 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 was arrested in West Hollywood last night when police noticed he was smoking something out of a pipe in a car he was a passenger in.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy pulled the vehicle over and allegedly found cocaine in Indio's possession.

The youngster was booked for possession of cocaine and released from jail after posting US$10,000 bail.

Meanwhile, this isn't the first time Indio has found himself caught up in drugs as he was reportedly admitted to a rehab facility last October for prescription pill abuse.

However, his mother Deborah Falconer - who was married to Robert from
1992 until 2004 - told the National Enquirer magazine at the time that her son "was not addicted" and was "taking one pill a day".

- Bang! Showbiz

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