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Robert Downey Jr. Pardoned for 1996 Drug Conviction

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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