Robert Downey Jr. Receives Full Pardon for 1990s Drug Charge
Merry Christmas Iron Man!
Robert Downey Jr. got the best gift ever when he received a Christmas Eve pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown for a 1996 drug conviction. The pardon has become somewhat of a holiday tradition over the years, and the actor was one of 91 people to be granted clemency for past crimes, mostly minor and many no longer considered felonies under Californian law.
“By completion of his sentence and good conduct in the community of his residence since his release, Robert John Downey, Jr. has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon,” the governor’s pardon reads.
Downey didn’t directly address the exciting news, but he did post this adorable video on Instagram to wish fans a happy holidays.
Nearly 20 years ago the Avengers star was convicted of felony drug possession after the LAPD found him on a Los Angeles highway with heroin, cocaine, and a gun in his vehicle. After repeated arrests in 1996, he served, in total, two years and eight months behind bars.
Now, RDJ is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. Following his release from prison, he turned his life around and made one of the best comebacks ever. He was cast in the role of Iron Man, and has since been a part of two sequels and two Avengers movies.