Robert Downey Jr. Pardoned for 1996 Drug Conviction

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Robert Downey Jr. has been pardoned by California Gov. Jerry Brown for a 1996 drug conviction that the “Avengers” star served jail time for.

The Christmas Eve pardon, which has become an annual tradition for the governor, was bestowed to 90 other people on Thursday. The pardons are issued to citizens who have shown “exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding lives following their conviction.”

Downey was busted on a Los Angeles highway and convicted of felony drug possession after authorities found heroin, cocaine and a pistol in his vehicle. He spent nearly a year in prison in 1999 after violating his probation.

Downey, named the world’s highest-paid actor three years in a row by Forbes, has made quite the career comeback, starring in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” franchises. He earned $80 million from June 2014 to June 2015 — $30 million more than the runner-up on Forbes’ annual list, Jackie Chan. Downey was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for his supporting role in “Tropic Thunder.”

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  1. Gen says:

    Shut up u trump troglodyte, crime is actually down, something you would know if you wingnuts considered facts.

  2. Arnold says:

    Yes, finally Mr Downey can have some degree of success as a private citizen and start to regain all of those freedoms he was stripped of with that conviction hanging over his heavy head. Hopefully, now this much needed pardon will show Robert that he can indeed achieve anything he wants and he is not just a label (convict), but instead is free to do anything he pleases. Nice work Governor. Time and money well spent.

    • robbie; says:

      Being able to regain his right to VOTE is not a right it’s the real privilege RDJ has earned by this pardon.

      • ObamaSon says:

        He definitely could vote then and now. Wtf are you talking about? Think your confusing this with being actually locked up and not being able to vote

  3. Sean kenedy says:

    I’m glad for Robert!! However there were not too many so called recent friends that were supporting Robert when he was in the eye of his of serious drug problems tornado!! He was an outcast within the entertainment industry including with the majority of his so called then friends.There were only a few who stood by and helped him throughout his turmoil!! Unfortunately, Robert Downey Jr. forgot those who were there for him..Those are the facts!! Welcome to Hollywood were real gratitude is harder to find that the Unicorn!And to those who helped Robert, thank you!!

  4. Robbie says:

    Thank you Gov. Brown a well deserved pardon for Robert Downey Jr., his continued volunteer work in the community and the rights of others is outstanding.
    Happy, Joyous and Free.

  5. Brenda G. says:

    This is well-deserved. Robert has proven he could be rehabbed and he has been terrific since his problems were publicized. Congrats, Robert.

  6. SPIKE says:

    good on ya Robert. you deserved it.

  7. j says:

    Lmao! Gov Jerry Moonbeam Brown has done more drugs than Charlie Sheen! Such is the left wing lunacy that is Hollywood. Hello Senator Chris Dodd, escapee and author of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, now President Motion Picture Association of America.

    • Trudy says:

      Sickening isn’t it. Total hypocrites, giving each other a slap on the back, while our California families of drug violence and illegal criminals, continues because of this numbskull governor.

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