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August 6, 1999 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Actor Robert Downey Jr. delivered a desperate monologue Thursday, begging a judge to spare him from state prison and vowing yet again to end his storied addiction to drugs. But he failed to sway his audience, Malibu Superior Court Judge Lawrence J. Mira. Mira told Downey he was manipulative and had exhausted the court's options for drug rehabilitation and the court's patience, and sentenced the actor to three years in prison for repeatedly violating probation on drug and weapons charges.
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December 19, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Actor Robert Downey Jr. was released at midnight Tuesday from parole related to drug charges, authorities said. Downey served his sentence at a live-in drug rehabilitation facility in Malibu until last May. But he was still on parole, said his attorney, James Epstein.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1998
Actor Robert Downey Jr. suffered a minor cut over his nose Friday in a fight with another inmate at the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles, sheriff's deputies said. Downey was treated in the jail infirmary for the "slight laceration" after the 11 a.m. incident, Deputy Mark Bailey said. "When the incident occurred, Downey was assigned to an inmate worker area where he was voluntarily housed," Bailey said. An investigation will determine whether the actor will be moved, the deputy said.
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July 17, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Robert Downey Jr. became the first high-profile beneficiary of Proposition 36 on Monday, avoiding prison by pleading no contest to drug charges stemming from his November arrest at a Palm Springs resort. Had he entered his plea just a month ago, Downey almost certainly would have landed behind bars, prosecutors said. Instead, he will be sent back to rehabilitation under a ballot measure approved by voters last fall that mandates treatment, not prison, for many drug offenders.
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December 20, 1992 | HILARY de VRIES, Hilary de Vries is a frequent contributor to Calendar
His aura of languor isn't exactly studied, it's just kind of there, in the way he rises from the sofa with a disheveled elegance at 3 in the afternoon, his black tie loosened over a rumpled silk shirt. It's there in the way he drops ice cubes into a glass while bemusedly asking, "Have we met?" And the way he heads back to the sofa, stifling a yawn while lighting a cigarette, it's like Cary Grant going back to bed. Maybe Robert Downey Jr. has just heard it all too many times before.
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July 26, 1996 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just days after his first arrest for heroin and cocaine possession, actor Robert Downey Jr. showed up on the set of his latest movie, "One Night Stand," startling cast and crew. He arrived on time, seemingly sober and with a professional demeanor to film his scenes as an AIDS-afflicted theater director in the movie directed by Mike Figgis ("Leaving Las Vegas") and also starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski. "His performance was completely mind-blowing," director Figgis said.
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August 4, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After serving nearly a year in prison for cocaine possession, actor Robert Downey Jr. is drug-free and ready to consider film offers, his attorney, Robert Waters, said at a news conference Thursday. Downey, 35, who was released from Corcoran State Prison on $5,000 bail Wednesday, is now voluntarily attending a drug rehab program and undergoing daily counseling, Waters said. "He's in great shape," Waters said. "He's been counseling other individuals while he's been in prison. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1996 | DUKE HELFAND and JUDY BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just hours after he was charged with one drug crime, actor Robert Downey Jr. was arrested on a new narcotics charge when he slipped unnoticed into a neighbor's Malibu house and passed out in a bedroom--only to be found by a stunned homeowner, authorities said Wednesday. Downey, 31, was arrested late Tuesday night on suspicion of trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance, which authorities believed to be heroin.
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February 26, 1998
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will no longer allow actor Robert Downey Jr. out of jail to work on movie projects, Sheriff Sherman Block said Wednesday. Over the past few weeks, Downey--who is serving time on drug charges--has been allowed to leave jail twice. On Feb. 13, the judge in his case ordered sheriff's deputies to take Downey to a studio for "recording" work. A similar order came Feb. 17 asking that Downey be taken to Paramount Studios.
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March 10, 1989 | JOAN DEW, Dew is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer specializing in the arts. and
"Wait! I can't sit down without my cigarettes," says Robert Downey Jr. as he moves toward the next room where an attractive assistant hands him an opened pack. He returns to the plush black Art Deco sofa in the living room of his pink stucco Spanish-style house above the Sunset Strip, lights up and settles back to talk about the pros and cons of being a "hot property." In a few hours he'll be flying East to promote his latest film, "Chances Are," and he's dressed for the occasion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County prosecutors said Monday they will not file misdemeanor narcotics charges against actor Robert Downey Jr. stemming from his arrest last month in Culver City. Instead, the district attorney's office will let state corrections officials deal with Downey for violating conditions of his parole, spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. Downey, 36, is on parole from a 1996 drug conviction and has served about a year in prison after violating conditions of probation.
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May 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Actor Robert Downey had cocaine in his system at the time of his arrest last month, police said Thursday. Lt. Dave Tankenson of the Culver City Police Department said a voluntary urine test Downey took the day of his arrest April 24 showed traces of the drug that has gotten him in trouble in the past. Tankenson said the case will be submitted to the district attorney's office, with allegations that Downey was under the influence of a controlled substance when he was arrested.
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May 11, 2001 | JAMES ENDRST, HARTFORD COURANT
This has been a busy time, even by Hollywood standards, for celebrities in trouble with the law. Actor Robert Downey Jr. lost his job on "Ally McBeal" after being arrested again recently on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, yet another probation no-no. There's a lot of hand-wringing and head-shaking going on, to be sure. In general, though, people in Hollywood get very quiet when one of their own becomes involved in a high-profile jam.
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April 26, 2001 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Film and TV actor Robert Downey Jr. may spend six months in a residential drug treatment program for violating his parole in the wake of his arrest this week on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, authorities said Wednesday. Parole officials are considering a range of options, from stepping up Downey's parole supervision to residential treatment, said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections.
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April 25, 2001 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Robert Downey Jr. was arrested again early Tuesday in a Culver City alley on suspicion of using drugs and promptly checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic, according to authorities and Downey's publicist. The arrest ends his filming for the television show "Ally McBeal" for this season, a Fox spokesman said. Downey was scheduled to film scenes for the next few days but has now been written out, producer David E. Kelley said.
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December 28, 2000 | DEBORAH SULLIVAN BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A month after his arrest for alleged drug use and possession at a Palm Springs resort, actor Robert Downey Jr. pleaded not guilty to three drug counts Wednesday in a low-key appearance at a media-packed desert courtroom. The actor, dressed in black, entered his plea before Riverside County Superior Court Judge B.J. Bjork. After the brief morning hearing, he made his way calmly out of the courthouse escorted by sheriff's deputies through a throng of news reporters, photographers and cameramen.
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March 6, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to a request by Sheriff Sherman Block, a state appellate court has blocked a judge's order allowing actor Robert Downey Jr. to leave jail temporarily for post-production work at Paramount Studios. A three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal set a March 16 hearing at which Downey's attorney could argue why the actor should be allowed to work on movie projects during his jail time.
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March 4, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid continuing allegations of deputy misconduct in the Los Angeles County jail system, sheriff's officials disclosed Tuesday that four deputies are being investigated for soliciting autographs, posing for photographs and dining at a movie studio commissary as guests of actor Robert Downey Jr., whom they were assigned to guard during his last excursion out of jail.
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December 18, 2000 | EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON, Earl Ofari Hutchinson is the author of "The Disappearance of Black Leadership" (Middle Passage Press, 2000) and host of a Tuesday night talk show on KPFK-FM (90.7). He can be reached at ehutchi344@aol.com
The moment the news hit that ill-fated actor Robert Downey Jr. had been busted again for drugs, many Hollywood film and TV executives quickly rallied to his defense. Television producer Norman Lear flatly stated that Downey needed treatment, not jail. The producers of Fox's "Ally McBeal," the series in which Downey appears, praised him for his work and said they had no intention of dumping him before he finished work on two more episodes of the show.
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December 7, 2000 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Downey Jr.'s role in the upcoming "America's Sweethearts" is going to be recast, according to a source at Revolution Studios, which is producing the film. Revolution Studios chief Joe Roth, who will direct "America's Sweethearts," decided not to use Downey in the romantic comedy that stars Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film is scheduled to start shooting Jan. 11; Downey was set to play Zeta-Jones' lover.
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