Sean Penn’s 16-year-old son won’t face charges after drug arrest

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Last week, some outlets reported that Sean Penn and Robin Wright’s 16-year-old son Hopper was arrested at his Malibu school. The school and the police wouldn’t confirm the arrest (because he’s a minor), but Radar had sources who initially claimed that Hopper was arrested for possession of narcotics. Now it’s looking more like it was all some kind of big misunderstanding. A source is telling Radar now that Hopper will not face any charges because the “possession of narcotics” was simply Hopper’s prescription medication.

Sean Penn’s 16-year-old son Hopper Jack will NOT face charges in connection with his arrest last week at his high school in the Malibu area.

A source close to the investigation exclusively tells that the District Attorney’s office has closed their investigation after Hopper proved that the drugs found on him were in fact prescription medication in his name.

Hopper was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies when the medication was discovered on him, but after an investigation, the D.A.’s office Wednesday decided no charges were warranted. Authorities will not say what type of medication was involved.

[From Radar]

That story turned on a dime, didn’t it? At first people were like “of course Sean Penn’s son is into drugs, look at his whackadoodle father.” And now people are like “my bad, it was nothing, sorry to overreact.” I do wonder what kind of medication Hopper is on, though. But it’s none of my business.

In one last piece of Penn-Wright family news, Robin Wright was interviewed in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly, and she described how difficult it is to raise her children with any kind of connection to Hollywood, mainly because of all of the junk with the paparazzi. She says: “I didn’t want to raise my kids in this weird, sycophantic society. If you have celebrity parents, it’s not a good recipe for the kids, or anyone at any age. Look at what Brad and Angelina go through.” Robin knows it too – she and Sean were still together when Brad and Sean worked together on The Tree of Life. She must have seen it first hand.

Sean Penn is shown out on 7/14/09 and 2/27/09. Credit: PRPhotos
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  1. Brandy M says:

    It is most likely a adhd medication…just my thought.

  2. paranel says:

    Why don’t we leave kids alone and not drag them into a dime a dozen gossip arena? It is not right.

  3. Feebee says:

    The headline is all wrong. It wasn’t a drug arrest. He was wrongly arrested for drugs that he had a prescription for. As for no charges being brought, it makes it sound like they’re doing him a favour by not charging him when in fact they eff’ed up in the first place.

  4. Firestarter says:

    Okay, I am all cornfuzzled: Which child was arrested, Hopper or Dylan? I am going to assume it was Hopper since he is the eldest. Dylan is the girl.

  5. Kaiser says:

    Sorry – I fixed the name stuff – it is Hopper, not Dylan. My bad.

  6. Lantana says:

    Do you ever see a full body picture of Sean Penn in public when he doesn’t have a cigarette in his hand? What’s he smoke – like 60 a day?

  7. Correction says:

    Dylan is the girl but she is actually older than Hopper. She is 18 and he is 16.

  8. MM says:

    it’s probably ANTI-DEPRESSANT drug

  9. girl says:

    He was detained? Unless he was keeping his meds chopped up into powder and in little baggies, I have a hard time seeing why the police would have detained him. That seems a bit excessive. There is probably a bit more to it but I would be ever so pissed if that happened to my child.

  10. Icecat says:

    It was probably Adderall and he was probably “sharing”.. Who knows with kids these days…

  11. crash2GO2 says:

    They said it was a narcotic. That means pain meds.

  12. Jeri says:

    Celebrity JUSTICE or Celebrity INJUSTICE. Only Robin knows for sure. Sean’s too into his own stuff.

  13. e.non says:

    and look at all of the smear merchants speculating on something they know fuckall about.

  14. princess pea says:

    @ girl – I’ve seen a few stories about kids being suspended, expelled, arrested or otherwise for taking their prescribed medication at school. The schools follow zero tolerance policies, so often if a witness reports seeing a bottle of pills on a student it’s a matter of charge first, ask questions later. It’s ridiculous, if you ask me.

  15. girl says:

    @Princess Pea: I think it is ridiculous also. The kid was 16. It seems very likely he would keep his meds in his room or bathroom at home. Should parents have to lock up all meds?

    As to the “narcotics” stuff, I think the medical definition of narcoticss and the legal definition are probably different. There is really no telling what the medication was. Nor it is any of our business.

  16. tooey says:

    princess pea is right; schools have a ridiculous zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs, even at the elementary level. I work at a school, btw, and if your kid needs otc cough medication or cough drops they have to be administered through the school nurse or the parent has to come up and administer the medication and take it back home. Technically, they are in violation of the (ridiculous) policy by carrying a Ricola. God forbid they should SHARE that Ricola!

  17. filthycute says:

    The turd doesn’t fall far from the ass.

    I think Nietzche said that.