Griffin O’Neal: dad Ryan gave him cocaine at age 11, cheated on Farrah often

The Daily Mail reports that Griffin O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal’s son with his first wife, dropped some bombshells about his troubled childhood on Larry King Live last night. One of the most shocking claims, and the one the Mail leads with, is that Ryan gave Griffin cocaine when he was just 11 years old. This quote isn’t the transcript of the interview on CNN’s website, but it’s in the podcast around the 14:00 minute mark, and The Daily Mail gets the quotes right:

Ryan O’Neal’s eldest son Griffin claims his father destroyed his life by giving him cocaine when he was just 11.

The actor said O’Neal’s party lifestyle encouraged him to take drugs, which left him and his siblings battling lifelong addictions.

In an interview with US chat show host Larry King, 45-year-old Griffin said: ‘I have had a lifetime of hellacious nights crying, staying up too late, wondering what I did to my life. It destroyed me. It wasted many, many years of my life.

‘I was 11 years old when he gave me cocaine and said we are going to see a long movie called Barry Lyndon.

‘He said “It is a very long movie. Maybe this will help you”. I was 11. I could never, never ever do that to my child.’

Griffin, O’Neal’s son from his first marriage to Joanna Moore, is estranged from his father and was barred from attending stepmother Farrah Fawcett’s funeral last month.

He also claims to have doubts that his father’s public outpouring of grief was genuine.

‘All those crocodile tears! My dad’s only goal was to make sure he would be in the will,’ Griffin said.
‘It was so disgustingly transparent as soon as he found out she was terminal. I consider him a vulture presiding over a carcass.’

He also claimed O’Neal was responsible for the drug problems of his sister Tatum and half-brother Redmond, who inherited the bulk of his mother’s £3.65million estate.
Redmond, 24, has battled drug and alcohol addiction for most of his life and is currently in a Los Angeles prison for drugs offences.

Tatum O’Neal has also fought substance abuse and last year was arrested for buying drugs on the street.

The 45-year-old, whose mother, Joanna Cook Moore, died from lung cancer in 1997, has since insisted that she is clean.

Griffin said: ‘Redmond hung out with Ryan a lot, because Ryan allowed the drug use. He allowed the drug use in the house.

‘They party together. They were both arrested. My dad had more dope on him than Redmond did.

‘And that was one of the reasons me and my dad fought. I said, “You know what? You are killing your son. I don’t think you know what you’re doing”.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Griffin also talks about the terrible fight he had with his dad Ryan in 2007, in which his father stabbed him with a fireplace poker, slashed his eight and a half months pregnant wife in the face with it, and tried to shoot him. He says he hasn’t talked to his dad since and wasn’t able to visit Farrah, who he considered like a step mother, since the day before that incident. Griffin and Ryan could have potentially have run into each other at Farrah’s funeral, but Griffin was turned away after driving 300 miles to get there.

In a portrait of severe family dysfunction and addiction, Griffin says that he tried in vain to save his younger 1/2 brother, Redmond, from his father. Ryan regularly did drugs with Redmond and gave him money to enable his habit. Redmond and Ryan were both arrested for meth possession last September, and Redmond remains in jail. Not only was Ryan a despicable father, claims Griffin, he was also a terrible boyfriend. Griffin says that Ryan was around Farrah in her final months primarily because he wanted a piece of her estate. Farrah loved him, but never wanted to marry Ryan as he claimed, according to Griffin. Ryan regularly cheated on Farrah when she was healthy and when she was sick. She knew all about his infidelity and even walked in on him once with another woman.

Let’s hope that when Redmond gets out of jail he’ll go live with either Griffin and his family or with his half sister, Tatum. Griffin says he’s been sober for four years and couldn’t be happier with his wife and two year-old son. You can tell he cares about his brother and he said he visited Redmond in jail a couple of weeks ago. If Redmond goes back to live with Ryan it will undoubtedly be more of the same for him, and by Griffin’s account that’s just awful.

Griffin, his wife and youngest son are shown outside Farrah Fawcett’s funeral on 7/1/09, where they were turned away. Credit: Juan Rico/Fame Pictures

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  1. gg says:

    I may be wrong, but based on all the ridiculous drama from all the O’Neals in the past, THIS guy is the main one I will never believe a word he says. Why in hell is he coming out now with this passive aggressive shit right after the funeral? Seems lika a giant douche to me. Anybody with class would stfu right about now.

  2. vixenella says:

    I was watching LKL when Griffin was on. I want to believe most of what he told were lies,but after reading Ryan’s reaction,I am not sure. I don’t know anyone that can publicly decalare “I HATE HIM” when being asked about their kid.

  3. Victoria says:

    I agree I think the whole family needs to STFU.

  4. boomchakaboom says:

    gg, I think you are wrong. Why in hell would, or should, he stfu about Ryan now? He’s never come out and said this stuff before, and it’s possible that out of his obvious affection for Farrah he didn’t see any reason to add to her personal hell by saying anything while she was alive. He has nothing to gain from this at all. Ryan is a complete ass. He hit on, and didn’t recognize, his own daughter at the funeral. That says a lot. At any rate, I believe the guy. Ryan is one f***ked up cookie.

  5. Firestarter says:

    Griffin’s claims have basically been backed up with what O’Neal himself has claimed, and by other members of the family. Ryan O’Neal is a despicable human being, a disgusting excuse for a father and a horrible man in general! He abused his children physically, emotionally andd with drugs, as both the elder O’Neal children have spoken about doing drugs with their father. If all these “claims” are not true, why doesn’t O’Neal sue Griffin for slander? It is because they are true and everyone is Hollywood knows it. Stray dogs have better parenting insticts than O’Neal. I am glad Griffin has spoken out.

  6. vicsmith says:

    He is despicable. He admitted he hit on his own daughter after not recognizing her at FF’s funeral. Why would anyone hit on someone at a funeral much less the supposed love of your life’s funeral? I believe every word.

  7. Lisa says:

    I believe this account as well. Just look at what we do know about Ryan – the arrest of Ryan and Redmond together; hitting on Tatum; Ryan’s own admission that he was unable to be a good father. There were even reports Griffin was turned away from the funeral because he would not sign a waiver allowing his presence to be included in the video being shot for Ryan’s planned extension of the documentary.
    Good for Farrah for leaving her estate to Redmond. It looks as if even she saw Ryan for who/what he is. IMO, I don’t think a person could look as despicable and low as Ryan. I do think, with his non-existent career, he was looking for a big payday, either from Farrah’s estate or from continued documentaries on her life and battle with cancer.
    I wish Griffin, Tatum and Redmond peace and strenght. I hope the public gives it to them.

  8. sickofit says:

    whoa that must be true. explains why FF did not marry him.

  9. MARKY MARK says:

    I remember seeing interviews with Ryan and he’s admitted to a number of his failings regarding his relationships and definitely failing his children. I don’t want to believe his son, but Ryan has a history of really awful behavior so I think anything is possible.

  10. Tia C says:

    Wow, their family makes most of the rest of us look like the Cleavers!

  11. Diane says:

    Ryan has no redeeming value. I know, I beat the same drum = ) Every opportunity was afforded Ryan to enter therapy, address his issues and become a better parent, at anytime and hasn’t.

  12. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    It’s only natural that he would hit on his daughter. He saw someone who looked just like him, and was drawn in. After all, who does he love more than himself?

  13. Iggles says:

    I believe every word. I read Ryan’s interview after Farrah’s passing. How can you say you hate your son? How can you say you regret having some of your children? Sick, sick, horrible man.

  14. Uncle Bob says:

    I’ve known Griffin O’niell on and off for a very long time. He’s an enourmous poser and he’s realized that with all the publicity going on, and his new book coming out, he can get back at his dad for all the “injustices” that he foisted on him and sell coppies of the “tell all”.

    The reality is Griffin has made bad life choices, is a victim and blames other people for his life. He thinks this will give him his 15 minutes of fame & fortune.


  15. faith says:

    poor farrah and everyone connected to ryan!

  16. Cinderella says:

    If Redmond inherited that much money, it is unlikely that he will remain clean once he’s sprung. He and his father will blow through it in no time.

  17. ! says:

    The blind items had him boffing Alana while Farrah was breathing her last and I believe Tatum herself wrote in her memoir about a certain threesome she had with dad Ryan and his gf of the time Melanie Griffith. The whole fam is fucked.

  18. Ree says:

    History and Tatum have backed up everything he is saying. I totally believe it, and Ryan is the Worst Father of the Century, who introduces their children to drugs? Huge POS.

  19. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Griffin needs a good hard smack in the face. Uh, they were never really married though, unless I’m mistaken.

  20. Jo says:

    I don’t necesarily believe Griffin in everything he says but I do think Ryan was totally transparent in his fake devotion during Farrah’s illness… very obvious… fake fake fake..even bringing up Love Story… What a jerk…what about Griffin putting his half brother in a dog collar and chain to keep him from drugs.. this supposedly precipitated the big poker/gun fight..??

  21. the original kate says:

    this family needs to go to counseling and stop airing their dirty laundry in public.

  22. Firestarter says:

    Cinderella- Farrah has a guardian appointed to distribute an “allowance” to Redmond based on how he is doing. I have read, and I am not certain of how accurate this info is, that he will never fully be in charge of any large sums of money, and that he will always have to answer to someone and account for the money he spends. Farrah was not dumb to her son’s problems or to her lovers greed and sneaky ways.

  23. Annie says:

    I believe it.

  24. dubdub2000 says:

    OMG! The family from hell.

    I totally believe him, there are certain things you just can’t make up, and Ryan’s reaction pretty much says it all.

    If all the kid’s Ryan had with various partners ended up with the same problems…well you know what they say about what it means if you see smoke…there’s probably a fire.

    Hope this guy manages to break the cycle with his own kids.

  25. jeannified says:

    These picturs look like they were taken outside of the cemetery, and that Griffin is perhaps on the phone, trying to gain access to the service. Very sad. Man, Ryan O’Neill is such a snake in the grass! How horrible, that he would sacrifice his children and Farrah for his own selfish interests…drugs and sex. Pathetic.

  26. Mairead says:

    Ordinarily, Griffin O’Neal wouldn’t be the person I automatically believe – but what he says just backs up my assumptions about Ryan and his “knight in shining armour” bit when Farrah became ill.

  27. gg says:

    I do believe Ryan is a scumbag – I just agree with original kate – he needs to stfu about his personal family problems. We don’t really need to know all this do we? Does Griffin broadcasting it all help them to heal? NO. It’s escalating it. And I don’t think anybody really wants to watch this dysfunctional trainwreck of a “family”.

    The reason I said “right about now” is because Farrah’s not even been dead very long, and it’s just SAD as hell that he thinks the world needs to know all this stuff.

    Ryan, being the father, should never say the stuff or do the stuff he has done. But I really hate whiner victim types. Griffin could pretend he has a little class by backing off and dealing with this quietly instead of loudly. If he hates him so bad — how bout just AVOID the fucker and shut up?

  28. Judy says:

    A fat has been..that is what he is and his kieds were treated like trash by him and FF stood by anbd watched it happen and stayed with a man tha taught his own kids and their kid to do drugs. I have no respect for either none of this kids parents. The birth mother was an addict and was beaten senseless by Ryan and neglected his two kids. The only kid that made it was the one by I think Allie Mcgraw? She wouldnt let Ryan near him thank God…I feel for all of Ryans kids he is a poor excuse for a hunman being.

  29. Boxy Lady says:

    I absolutely believe Griffin. Ryan has another son named Patrick (with his 2nd wife, I believe). I’ve never heard of him having the same problems as his half-siblings but I’ve heard that Ryan hardly had a hand in raising the boy. I doubt that’s a coincidence. You can look him up on IMDB. He used to be married to Rebecca DeMornay.

  30. moo says:

    this asshole needs to STFU!

  31. Paulette says:

    I’m surprised so many people know about the O’Neals and FF. I’m in my mid 30s and I can just BARELY recognize FF and Tatum from 70s reruns and movies. I can’t remember ever hearing about Ryan O’Neal before this.

    Anyway, good for Griffin for not letting his scumbag dad get away with using FF to play the good guy.

  32. gg says:

    btw, Griffin has been in the news a lot in the past, whining to the press about his being a victim – this is NOT a new phenomenon.

    Does nobody remember the huge fight between the two boys and Ryan where a gun was fired? They ALL had a part in it. GOOGLE ya’ll.

  33. conventional1 says:

    I believe Griffin O’Neal. His older sister Tatum aready wrote about what a violent, abusive jerk her father was in “A Paper Life” some years ago. Her ex-husband John McEnroe even talks about what a violent guy Ryan O’Neill is. Think about it–both Tatum and Griffin were addicted to drugs, their brother Redmond, too. They learned it from daddy.

  34. Bumble Bee says:

    He may have a sense of victimhood, but most people would, growing up in that family. I wish the children healing and peace.

    Ryan sounds… despicable.

  35. Candi says:

    Ryan O’Neal was never known to be father of the year,as it was widely reported he did cocaine with all of his children.

    I know Farrah Fawcett is dead,but I don’t understand how she put up with
    Ryan O’Neals abuse for so long.

    And how could she live with herself,knowing Redmond was doing drugs with her Ryan O’Neal aka the father.

    Ryan O’Neal makes me sick.

  36. Magsy says:

    I’m a big believe in redemption and for what it’s worth Ryan O’Neal redeemed himself by being with Farrah all through her illness and through the end. You can tell he loved her. His actions should count for something. We know the stats that a large number of Hollywood families are dysfunctional with divorce, and addiction. Let’s see what Griffin and Ryan do with their lives going forward. You can’t erase the past. Still and all Ryan was there for Farrah when it counted.

  37. Kelly says:

    I belive Griffen,I saw the Larry King interview and he came off very sincere.I saw Ryan O’Neal’s interview with Barabra Walter’s and he came off super fake.My Mother & I cringed at the exact same time when we saw it on tv togther.Poor Farrah,she was so sweet & so beauitful,God only knows what she saw in him.No wonder she never married him.They say love is blinde,it must be true.Ryan is trully a horrible Father.I feel so bad for his kids.Poor Reddman doesn’t have his Mother anymore.Hopefully he will stay away from Ryan,I feel that is his only way of staying sober.

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  39. Patty says:

    Griffin is telling the truth about his dad Ryan. I remember meeting in 1998 when he had his teeth knocked by Ryan. I had known griffin for a couple of years when he lived with me in my apartment in Studio City. He is a wonderful sensitive guy with a lot of deep issues about his father & mother who he was very closed to. Our relationship was not romantic and got to know the real Griffith. He has no reason to lie. This was during his sobriety days when he went to the rafters in newhall Santa clarity’s. I pray that he deals with his daemons. His dad is a horrible abusive person who never showed his children any love.