Redmond O’Neal arrested for possession of heroin (again)

After Amy Winehouse died and everyone said all those thoughtful things about addiction (at least some people did, others remained clueless) I began to take a different view of it. It just seems freaking sad to me and so useless. This story in particular makes my heart hurt a little. Redmond O’Neal, who had to to attend his mom Farrah Fawcett’s funeral in handcuffs, was arrested on possession of heroin yesterday. He was in violation of probation for an earlier arrest for drugs and was sent to jail without bail.

Redmond O’Neal has another mug shot to add to his portfolio and has the latest.

The 26-year-old was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday after he ran a red light and police found heroin in his car during a routine inspection.

“At approximately 8:45 a.m. a motor officer observed an argument at a store on Lincoln corner of Michigan,” a police spokesperson told “O’Neal was one of those involved in the argument.

“The officer then watched as he got into his vehicle. He proceeded to go northbound on Lincoln before turning west bound on Olympic, it was at this time the officer observed him going through the red turn arrow.”

The spokesperson continued: “The officer stopped him for the traffic violation. A search of his vehicle was done and narcotics were recovered.”

O’Neal is currently being held without bail.

[From Radar Online]

I tried to review Redmond’s storied history with the law and the details were so complicated it was hard for me to figure out which arrest he was in violation of. Here’s a partial recap. He was arrested in September, 2008 along with his dad, Ryan O’Neal, when cops raided the home they shared, (as part of a probation investigation, natch) found meth, and charged them both with possession. (The Enquirer ran a follow up story claiming the two did drugs together regularly and that Ryan was incredibly abusive to his son. Another one of Ryan’s sons, Griffin, claimed on Larry King that his dad gave him cocaine when he was just 11.)

Redmond was ordered to rehab for meth possession for that charge while all Ryan had to do was attend some drug awareness classes. Redmond was arrested again in April, 2009 when he tried to bring heroin with him to visit a friend in jail. (This seems to be the charge he violated probation for with this latest arrest.) His mom Farrah died in June, 2009.

While on a 24 hour pass from court-ordered rehab in December 2009, Redmond used drugs. He was sent back to jail for 30 days, and then went back to rehab yet again, graduating from his court-appointed drug program in August, 2010. So the kid went to rehab many, many times after multiple arrests and he was supposedly clean last year.

Redmond’s mom Farrah left most of her $4.5 million estate to him, leaving nothing to her parasitic boyfriend, Ryan. So we have a young man who is a millionaire addict who lost his mom to cancer and has an abusive druggie for a dad. Maybe his siblings can reach out to him, but it doesn’t sound like he can be helped much at this point. Like Lilo, jail may be the best place for him. Oh and Redmond’s older half brother, Griffin, was hospitalized and released yesterday after a car accident in Escondido, CA. He seems to be ok now though.



Header photo is Ryan’s mug shot. Photos above are of Ryan and Redmond paying respects to Farrah on the one year anniversary of her death on June 25, 2010. Credit: Fame

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

23 Responses to “Redmond O’Neal arrested for possession of heroin (again)”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. seal team 6 says:

    All of Ryan O’Neal’s kids are messed up, and he has been abusive and encouraged drug use with all of them. He was also insanely jealous when Tatum received an Oscar nod as a child and he didn’t. I feel so sorry for all them. Tatum had a decent career her problems destroyed, as well as a marriage and relationships with her kids. She’s at least managed to stay out of prison.

    I find Ryan horrible, for all of this, and for what he did to Farrah.

  2. brin says:

    I feel bad for him too, especially with Farrah gone and Ryan is a mess himself.

  3. Jaded says:

    Unfortunately Redmond has inherited his father’s predilection for drugs & booze. Tatum blew her career and marriage on drugs & booze. Griffin blew any life potential on drugs & booze. What a horrible thing to inflict on your children…Ryan O’Neil is a disgusting piece of sh*t, not only for what he’s done to his kids, but the way he tried to whore out Farrah’s illness like a doting partner. He was just in it for the money.

  4. sapphire says:

    Ryan has always been toxic-and got away with it. As a lot of people noted in the past, Farrah had terrible taste in guys.

  5. Jen34 says:

    This is so tragic. I don’t know what it will take for him to turn his life around, I only wish he would find it.

  6. ladybert62 says:

    Kids who have too much of everything in their life except love helps them fall into addiction – as proven here.

    This kid needs tough love and to decide whether he wants to live or die (through his addiction).

    He gets no sympathy from me.

  7. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Redmond is a good lookin dude, hope he can stay clean.

  8. the other mel says:

    I feel this is going to end badly for Redmond. Why oh why did Oprah give Ryan (and Tatum) their own show on OWN? Giving that scumbag Ryan any opportunity to cash in on his kids and his epic failure as a parent just sickens me. I think enough has come to light over the years about Ryan to know he is a user and abuser and is largely responsible for his kids drug use. This is such a messed up family.

  9. seal team 6 says:

    @The Other

    I agree. Giving Tatum a show would have been a bit of a lifeline for her, I think, especially as she seems more self aware than many (LOOKING AT YOU, SARAH FERGUSON).

    Good God, Ryan even hit on TATUM at Farrah’s funeral. He was high on something and didn’t recognize her (I hope).

  10. Lindy says:

    This is just such a crappy situation. It’s hard for me to understand addiction, since I’m probably the only person on the planet who has never even smoked so much as a cigarette. Just never had even the slightest desire. But it seems clear that some people are just absolutely unable to escape from the clutches of addiction. So many trips to rehab–can someone tell me if rehab is basically a joke? Or can it actually help in some cases? I feel like I keep seeing celebs in and out and in and out with no real results to show.

    • Lori says:

      Rehab can and does work ..But you have to want it more than anything in the world!!! and you have to take it seriously. Addiction is a horrible horrible disease.

  11. lakemom says:

    This makes me so sad. I remember when he was born and some of the pictures of Farrah holding him and the look of love in her eyes for him. It seemed like he would have a charmed life, full of promise.

  12. mary simon says:

    @ mitch – surely you jest. Redmond is homely, and Redmond with a low-I.Q. meth-face is most especially tragic.

  13. DethHammer says:

    Redmond is cute (I LOVE ginger men) and I hope he realizes that he needs help he gets help. I think with the right support system and addiction therapy, he can get sober.

  14. Mrs. Odie 2 says:

    This won’t end well.

  15. BeckyR says:

    Oh, boo hoo for this overindulged little
    s**t-for-brains nitwit. Redmond is old enough to take responsibility for his own life and decisions. A sad tribute to his late Mother and the inheritance she left him. Doubt he will ever be anywhere else other than a rehab center, jail or dead. This one is a loser…a bad seed.

  16. Mary says:

    Farrah would be so proud.
    Ryan screwed all his kids up, now he is reaping the harvest of his behaviour.

  17. Po says:

    Why would Farrah leave over 4 million to a drug addict. He was an addict before her illness and remained one up until her death. I don’t get it.

  18. Becky says:

    I’ve watched some of Ryan and Tatum’s show on OWN and it really seems at times like Ryan is “acting” or putting on a performance. He seems genuine when he talks about missing Farrah, though-I think he loved her in his f-ed up way. In terms of his relationships with his kids, it appears as though he’s in total denial of the damage he’s done. He comes across like a self deluded narcissist. Tatum and the rest of his kids would probably be better off not having contact with him and moving forward with their lives without him in it.

  19. Seal Team 6 says:

    @Lindy —

    I know several people who went through rehab, and have been in recovery for years. The thing, though, is that you have to get that you have an addiction, can’t handle it and never will be able to handle it, and be open and dedicated to your recovery. You have to cut off friends and even some family members. It’s tough, and it often doesn’t “stick” the first time.

  20. Seal Team 6 says:


    Agree 100%. Ryan is definitely acting, and I’ll say again I wish Oprah had just given Tatum the show.

    It’s interesting to me that Tatum has basically kept her looks. Drugs and alcohol usually aren’t that kind to a person.

    I think it’s a bit unfair to be unsympathic to the O’Neal kids, esepcially Redmond. Drew Barrymore would have failed in her recovery if she hadn’t have had a support system outside of her family. It seems like Redmond, especially, doesn’t have this support. Just very sad.

  21. Amanda G says:

    I think Ryan really loved Farrah (or at the very least was obsessed with her), but he is obviously a terrible father. I saw one episode of his reality show on OWN and Redmond looked ROUGH. I couldn’t believe he was only in his 20’s because he looked 40. I hope he gets the help he needs.

  22. Team Six says:

    WHat a mess of a family ….