Redmond O'Neal in custody, faces prison after using meth in rehab
Redmond O'Neal, the troubled son of actor Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, had his probation revoked and was taken into custody Thursday after admitting he'd used methamphetamine at a live-in drug rehabilitation facility, authorities said.
After pleading no contest Aug. 24 to two felony counts, including heroin and firearms possession, O'Neal was placed on five years' probation, sentenced to a year at a live-in drug facility and had a three-year state prison sentence suspended as long as he did not violate the court's terms.
But Los Angeles County prosecutors said that O'Neal called someone from a pay phone on Sunday and had methamphetamine brought to him at the facility. On Thursday, O'Neal admitted to a judge that he had used the drug during his rehabilitation stint.
He returns Oct. 7 for sentencing in connection with the probation violation.
In early August, O'Neal was arrested by Santa Monica police after he was stopped for running a red light. Officers said they found heroin in his car.
O’Neal has battled addiction since his teens and has been in and out of jail and rehab centers for crimes related to substance abuse. He was temporarily released from jail in 2009 so he could attend his mother's funeral after she died of cancer.
While on probation in 2008, O'Neal was booked along with his father on suspicion of narcotics possession after a probation search at Ryan O’Neal's Malibu home. The elder O'Neal pleaded guilty and accepted the option of completing a drug-diversion program.
Redmond O’Neal was also jailed in 2009 after he was found with heroin during a routine security check at the Pitchess Detention Center.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Redmond O'Neal in 2008 booking photo. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department