Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Arrested for Drug Possession, Actor Notes 'Genetic Component to Addiction'

Robert Downey Jr. with his son Indio in 2009. (Splash News)
Robert Downey Jr. with his son Indio in 2009. (Splash News)

Robert Downey Jr.'s son Indio has been arrested.

The 20-year-old, who appeared in his father's 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on felony narcotics possession charges, The Insider With Yahoo confirms. His arrest took place in West Hollywood after the car he was a passenger in was pulled over. According to the Sheriff's Department, the narcotic in question was cocaine.

Indio, who is a guitar player and singer, was released on $10,250 bail at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Robert issued a statement about his son's arrest on Monday, saying, "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being. We're grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."

The Iron Man star, 49, knows all too well about drug addiction, which he struggled with for much of his life. His own father, also an addict, started giving him drugs at just 8 and things escalated from there. It eventually led to debilitating addictions to heroin and cocaine, and he was in and out of jail from 1996 through 2001.

Robert, who has been sober since 2003 and had a huge career resurgence, ended his marriage to Indio's mom, Deborah Falconer, in 2004. He later married movie producer Susan Downey, with whom he has a 2-year-old son, Exton.

Last fall, a report surfaced that Indio was being treated for a dependency to pain medication. In an interview with the tabloid National Enquirer, Falconer, an actress and singer, confirmed that he was in a "treatment facility" receiving "holistic, natural, and orthomolecular" therapy. However, she added that her son was "not addicted" and had been "taking one pill a day."