Published On: Sun, Dec 27th, 2015

Robert Downey Jr pardoned for 90s drugs and weapons offences

Robert Downey Jr.


Robert Downey, Jr., pardoned for his drug conviction from the 1990s, the decade that notoriously made the 50-year-old star go from promising actor to Hollywood bad boy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Downey, Jr. was one of 91 people given a full pardon by California governor Jerry Brown.

Robert Downey getting a big Christmas present. While a pardon won’t erase one’s criminal history, it does restore an individual’s right to vote, according to the governor’s website.

The then 31-year-old Downey Jr was arrested on narcotics charge in 1996, he passed out in a neighbour’s bedroom which he mistook for his apartment in Malibu.

Downey pleaded no contest – the equivalent of a guilty plea in Calif. – to possession of cocaine, driving under the influence, carrying a hid weapon in a vehicle & being under the influence of heroin. He spent almost a year in prison in 1999 after violating his probation. The pardons are granted to individuals “who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding lives following their conviction”, Brown said. “Pardons are not granted unless they are earned.”

The Sherlock Holmes star, who was last seen in Marvel’s Avenger’s: Age of Ultron, will be seen reprising the character of Tony Stark/Iron Man in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War.





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