Redmond O’Neal ordered back to jail after post-Christmas drug bust


Redmond O’Neal, the troubled son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal, is back in a detention center after getting busted for using drugs. Redmond had just returned to Impact, his court-ordered, in-patient rehab treatment center, when it became obvious that he’d been using while out on a 24-hour pass. Sadly, Redmond had received the 24-hour pass from rehab for good behavior. It didn’t take him long at all to blow it, and now a judge has ordered him back to jail for violating the terms of his probation.

Redmond O’Neal was arrested again on drug-related charges while on a 24-hour pass from drug rehab, has learned exclusively.

The son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal was taken into custody on Dec. 29.

He is in court Tuesday for a status update on his rehab. Now he’s facing up to six years in prison because his latest arrest violates probation terms of a previous drug offense.

Redmond had been clean for six months after battling drug problems for years.

When Redmond returned to Impact, a drug and alcohol treatment center, after his 24-hour pass, the staff noticed he seemed altered.

This was his first 24-hour family pass out of the facility.

Redmond was ordered into rehab by a judge because of his many previous offenses.

A judge Tuesday ordered O’Neal back to Wayside Detention Center for at least thirty days, where he will focus on relapse prevention following his December 29th arrest involving drugs.

Wearing jailhouse blues, O’Neal appeared in court Tuesday morning before Judge Michael Tynan for a status update on his rehab.

Prior to his latest arrest, Redmond had been clean for six months after battling drug problems for years.

As Redmond appeared in court on Tuesday, Judge Tynan read a letter that O’Neal had written the judge. The letter appeared to be at least 4 pages front and back. “I read a rather thoughtful letter,” the judge said. Tynan said he “wouldn’t go into the family stuff in the letter, but you (Redmond) mention pride and how proud your family, friends, and girlfriend are of you and then you let them down.”

Tynan said that “home” is the trigger for Redmond’s recent relapse. “You are going to stay somewhere at some point. Recovery isn’t a walk in the park, you have a responsibility to yourself to stay sober, not your family.” Redmond said, “I have to go somewhere on my own.”

He’s now facing up to six years in prison because his latest arrest violates probation terms of a previous drug offense.

O’Neal’s next appearance in front of Judge Tynan will be on February 2nd.

[From RadarOnline]

I think the judge hit the nail right on the head when he said “home is a trigger,” especially since Redmond shares a home with his druggie dad, Ryan O’Neal. I think Redmond would have had a better chance at a clean life if he’d had a feral cat for a dad instead of this jerk-off. Without his mother in his life, this kid is even more lost than ever. If you recall, Ryan was busted along with Redmond last year, shortly before Farrah’s death – but somehow, dad walked away scott-free. I don’t think it’s any coincidence at all that the minute Redmond goes home, he is able to get his hands on some drugs. The only shot this kid has is to get as far away from his dad as possible.

Redmond 2008 mugshot & Redman & Ryan O’Neal in court on November 13, 2008, credit:


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  1. bella says:

    This is just so sad. Is Redmond going to be the next “celeb” OD case? I really hope he gets his act together. Maybe some psychiatric/psychological therapy as well? He’s got to be hurting since he lost his mother, but he’s been involved in drugs for a looooooong time.

  2. Alexa says:

    I’m really pulling for him too. He seems to be so low right now . . . if he could recover from this just think how much of an inspiration he’d be. Gosh – he can come to my house. (Although it’s probably a shack compared to anything he’s seen . . . but I just feel so sad and worried about him.)

  3. Alexa says:

    I don’t know why I’m so drawn to him. I really just want to mother him and care for him. All I can do is pray for him.

  4. bella says:


    I tend to agree with you. He just looks so forlorn, kind of like he’s not sure what happened or how he got there and he needs his Mom. He doesn’t come off as one of those over-indulged a$$holes so common in Hollywood-related substance abuse.

  5. Tess says:

    Agreed, it’s a very sad story. But my inner bitch is just aching to be set free.

    So let me just ask: How did two outlandishly beautiful people like Farrah and Ryan produce such a fuggly-looking son?

  6. YT says:

    So sad. Makes one wonder if Ryan is behind Redmond’s using drugs during the 24-hour, family pass. Sounds like the judge is a better parent than Ryan.

  7. EMINE says:

    this reminded me of michael douglas’ son,cameron douglas.So sad.

  8. Tsk tsk poor kid. And with a dad like that? Geez.

  9. Bodhi says:

    I loathe Ryan O’Neal. On top of being a horrible father, hes just a bad person. it kills me when I see him on Bones reruns

  10. CINDY says:

    Ryan wants him to fail so he can get his hands on the money Farrah left Redmond!!

  11. Firestarter says:

    ITA Bodhi.

  12. Nadia says:

    You’re sweet Alexa. Am sending good energy to Redmond.

  13. crash2GO2 says:

    I agree with Alexa. Let’s start a cyber mothering group for Redmond. He may not know we ever exist, but we can send him our prayers and thoughts, and trust that they reach him somehow. 🙁

  14. Tia C says:

    @ Tess – you said what I was going to say!

    It does boggle the mind, doesn’t it? I cannot believe he is the offspring of the beautiful Farrah Fawcett. The genetics did not play out the way you would think.

    On a less superficial note, there are people who are incapable of being rehabilitated. I hope I am wrong, but I strongly suspect he is one of them. I wish him well.

  15. bella says:

    Crash2go2, I’m in. He’s in my prayers. Maybe it will help.

  16. Goddess711 says:

    Man what an unhappy looking kid. Ryan’s looking like William Shatner’s twin. This is sad – too bad Redmond doesn’t have somebody in his corner advocating parent/child divorce. Why with all of Ryan’s money and connections doesn’t he do something for the kid that’s positive?

  17. Kathie says:

    It is sad this kid can’t seem to get straightened up at all. He seems so out of hope and faith that I wonder if it will ever happen but I also felt that way about Rob’t D. Jr. and he has been clean for a bit now so maybe there is hope..Ryan O’Neal is a major tool! Creepy old Dude, hit on Tatum at Farrah’s funeral! What a douche!

  18. gg says:

    Alexa – really? Oh nooo, not a good decision – this is codependency – wanting to take drug addicts in to “help” them.

    A dear friend of mine who habitually takes in addicts has got more drama than you could ever dream of. As soon as one cleans her out and runs off to another mate she finds another one. They are users. It’s a sick cycle.

    Please leave it to the professionals to take them in. cyber mothering? He could use prayers and support but I’d leave it at that.