Redmond O’Neal, son of Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett, has been sentenced to a court-ordered two-week rehab program as the result of a drug bust at the home he shares with his father in Los Angeles. Given the long history of drug abuse in this famous family, is two weeks really going to be enough?
What Redmond O’Neal called a “major misunderstanding” is starting to make a little more sense.
The 23-year-old son of Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett, who was arrested along with his dad last month on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, was ordered into a two-week treatment program Wednesday after admitting that he had relapsed.
“You’re a stand-up guy to come here and deal with your problem,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Millington told Redmond, who also checked into rehab in 2004 to treat a heroin addiction. “I want you to stay clean…You better stay clean or the hammer is going to fall.”
An attorney for the O’Neals didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
No criminal charges have been filed against either Redmond or his dad in connection with their Sept. 17 bust at the elder O’Neal’s Malibu home during a routine probation checkup. Officers allegedly found Redmond to be in possession of what looked like meth, as well as a small vial of the stuff in his father’s bedroom.
At the time of their arrest, Redmond was about two months into a three-year probation sentence for DUI and possessing heroin and crystal meth.
Ryan O’Neal has maintained his innocence in the affair, his lawyer telling reporters that his client would no doubt be vindicated.
“Those were not Ryan’s drugs, he doesn’t use drugs, and has nothing to do with them,” attorney Mark Werksman said. “It’s a dangerous assumption for deputies to have arrested Ryan just because he was in proximity to the drugs.”
It certainly would not be unreasonable to assume that Ryan O’Neal was in possession of drugs. The guy is a notorious substance abuser and has passed it on to his children, including adult daughter Tatum O’Neal, who ended up losing custody of her children over her heroin habit. I’d say the best chance young Redmond has of staying clean is to move out of his father’s home and stay in a place where the people around him won’t be enabling him. Two weeks in rehab is a joke.
Redmond O’Neal is shown outside the home he shares with his dad on 09/18/08. Credit: Fame Pictures