Robert Downey Jr. responds to his son's drug arrest

Robert Downey Jr. responds to his son's drug arrest

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Robert Downey Jr attends Marvel Avengers Assemble European Premiere at Vue Westfield on April 19, 2012 in London, England. on April 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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by Cindy Clark, USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Everyone knows that being the child of a celebrity comes with both perks and pitfalls.

Some fare well more than others, and unfortunately it seems as if Robert Downey Jr.’s son Indio hasn’t been doing too well lately. After the 20-year-old was arrested on drug charges Sunday, his famous father — who dealt with his own drug demons in the past —  is speaking out:

“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,” Robert Downey, Jr. said in a statement. “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.”

Let’s hope Indio follows in his dad’s footsteps on the road to recovery.

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