01-09-2009, 02:37 PM #1
Ryan O'Neil Pleads Guilty
Guilty to Drug Charge
By Ken Lee
Originally posted Friday January 09, 2009 12:30 PM EST
Ryan and Redmond O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal pleaded guilty to a felony charge of drug possession in a Malibu, Calif., courtroom Friday, and agreed to enter an 18-month drug deferment program.
If the actor successfully completes drug counseling and other requirements, the case against him will be dismissed.
"Ryan was anxious to move on with his life with privacy and dignity and that's what we're trying to do here today," his lawyer Mark Werksman told PEOPLE.
O'Neal, 67, appeared in court looking calm, wearing a black suit. When asked by a prosecutor how he would plea, he replied in a low raspy voice, "guilty."
Also present was his son Redmond, 23, whose pending drug case was postponed to a later date.
Both men were arrested Sept. 17 at the actor's Malibu home following a probation sweep in which deputies found methamphetamines. A vial of the drug was found in Ryan's bedroom, police said.
Redmond, who has long battled drug addiction, had been on probation following a DUI and drug possession conviction in June 2008.
Werksman previously denied that Ryan uses drugs.
"The drugs found in Ryan's bedroom were Redmond's," Werksman said. "He had confiscated them from Redmond. He was trying to keep them away from his son."
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01-09-2009, 02:49 PM #2
IMO, both of them are complete losers.
01-09-2009, 05:03 PM #3
01-09-2009, 07:33 PM #4
01-09-2009, 08:02 PM #5
This man will just never grow up, will he? 67 years old and still doing drugs. What a waste."There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
~ Albert Einstein ~
01-09-2009, 11:31 PM #6
01-09-2009, 11:33 PM #7
What do you think of 67 year olds who drink alcohol? Is that a better drug because it's legal?
The article states that Ryan pled guilty to get this behind him, but that the drugs were ones he had confiscated from his son, who has a well-documented drug problem. I don't know if that is true or not, but I think it could be.I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!
01-10-2009, 12:31 AM #8
Cool, I think he's a loser mainly because all his children have had major drug problems. I think he's one because I don't believe that the drugs this time were his son's, I think they were his....he too has a history of drug abuse. If the drugs weren't his but he still pleaded guilty I think that makes him a loser too. If the drugs were his son's and they were in his home, he wasn't doing a very good job helping Redmond stay clean. Plus I think he's one because of the way he treated Farrah in the past (and maybe still is). I had repeated contact with both him and Farrah (mostly Farrah) years ago and they were rude, mean and nasty. Stuck up.
I think the son is a loser because of his repeated drug use. He's practically had the world at his feet, saw what drugs did to his siblings and still went down that path....that makes him a loser to me.
You can't possibility think he's Father of the Year do you?
01-10-2009, 12:45 AM #9
I read Tatum O'Neils book and I have to say, if she's telling the truth, drugs or no drugs, Ryan O'Neil is a complete and utter loser. He was very abusive and neglectful with his kids. A total narcissist. I realize there are two sides to every story, but I also have to say the end results don't favor O'Neil. I lean towards those being his drugs. Again, according to Tatum, drugs have always been a big part of Ryan's life. Redmond never had a chance, IMO.Check out updated daily: Tricia's Tidbits
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01-10-2009, 09:00 AM #10
I hope Redmond can turn his life around (why would you even live with your father if he was Ryan Oneal????). I keep thinking of Robert Downey Jr. It took him a while but he did it. As for Ryan I think he's a lost cause.
01-10-2009, 09:02 AM #11
I am a drug addict (currently clean but with a history of relapse and returning to drug abuse) and I am just always interested when people consider drug addicts losers. It's a common perception (though not my own) and I don't take it personally - it just interests me.
I think addiction destroys families from the inside out - certainly it has done a number on this family - and I think that it is sad. As arrogant and obnoxious as this family has always seemed to me, I come from a family that has struggled mightily with addiction and so I have always felt a lot of compassion for them (Ryan, et al).I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!
01-10-2009, 09:08 AM #12
I am always loathe to "blame" parents for the poor behavior of children - particularly adult children. But I do understand how Ryan is an easy target to blame because he is so very unlikeable and, by all accounts, an incompetent parent.I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!
01-10-2009, 11:58 AM #13
Wow, I'm really sorry for your struggles. I gotta say, I could have used another word besides loser but that word just always comes to my mind when I think of him. That's why I blurted it out there in my first post. I certainly didn't mean to hurt someone's feelings that might also have had struggles with drug addiction.
I've never had a drug problem, never known anyone who did but I certainly had read and heard the debate as the whether it's an illness or a choice. I don't want to hijack this thread and turn it into that debate but my lack of personal drug abuse issues is defiantly what made me call him a loser. Someone who makes a choice to destroy their lives and bodies and careers for a drug is a loser to me.
I hope that helps you see better why I shot that "loser" out there. I wish you the best with your continued struggles, I know that what you've chosen isn't easy...but it's so worth it. I commend you.
01-10-2009, 12:38 PM #14
Every person I have ever known has things they struggle with. I would rather have my struggle than some others I have watched people endure.
FWIW, I think it's fair to consider drug addicts "losers" - certainly the decision to return to something that kills you is not a winning one! I think many who struggle with addiction often feel like losers themselves. Additionally, as you and others on this thread have rightfully pointed out, there are other behaviors in Ryan that could lead someone to call him a loser.
Anyway - just wanted to say - I wasn't trying to give you undue grief - just more fully understand your perspective. I appreciate your presence on this thread.I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!
01-10-2009, 10:00 PM #15
Lots of alcoholism with people in my life and I find no real distinction with drugs, especially in the Hollywood set where drugs are oh-so accessible. I find it hypocritical how judgmental people are about drugs, especially pot, when I have observed problems that are more common and widespread with alcohol. That being said I understand the loser label for RYAN, he has certainly been an ass, but maybe because of the addiction. You are certainly no loser, and I know no one would think so, I have long admired your honesty and success in tackling the demons. We all have demons. Love ya, South!
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