Downey Jr. arrested on drug charges

Nov 26, 2000 by Ian Evans

Robert Downey Jr. once told a judge that his drug addiction was “like I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth, with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal.”

He returned to his old tastes last night.

The actor, released from prison three months ago and currently starring opposite Calista Flockhart in Ally McBeal, was picked up by police after a tip that there were drugs and a gun in his hotel room.

Palm Springs police went to the Merv Griffin Resort and found the actor in possesion of cocaine and methamphetamine.

He was arrested for drug possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance and committing a felony while free on bail. Downey spent the night in jail but was released Sunday on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court within 30 days.