Redmond O’Neal, the 26-year-old son of actors Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon, Fox News reported.
His father and his half-sister, actress Tatum O’Neal, attended the hearing in Los Angeles and spoke to the press.
Redmond O’Neal has struggled with the death of his mom, said Ryan O’Neal: “He never recovered from the loss of his mother.” Fawcett died at 62 in June 2009 after a long battle with cancer.
Tatum O’Neal said of her half-brother: "He’s an addict. Addicts keep using until they want to stop. We’re praying for him every day."
Tatum O’Neal’s own struggle with addiction is one of the themes of the current reality series “Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals,” which airs on OWN.
Redmond O’Neal was charged with possession of heroin and marijuana after being pulled over in Santa Monica, Calif., for allegedly running a red light Tuesday morning. A subsequent search of his apartment reportedly turned up a loaded handgun.
Among his other run-ins with the law, he was arrested on drug smuggling charges in April 2009 and on drug charges in December 2009. He completed a court-ordered rehab program in August 2010.