The late Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal had a tumultuous relationship, that ended with Fawcett finding O’Neal in bed with an 18-yr-old woman in his oceanfront mansion in California in 1993.
The iconic Charlie’s Angels actress, who died aged 62 from cancer in 2009, unceremoniously cut O’Neal out of her life after the 1997 showdown.
‘She boxed a few things and sent them to me. I was so surprised,’ O’Neal, 72, said in the emotional deposition. ‘I was with her for 18 years. I only got four boxes, mostly shoes, and videotapes.’ –Daily Mail
The Fawcett-O’Neal family certainly had their share of dysfunctionality, including drug and alcohol addictions, as well as violence and criminal behavior. While discussing their life together, O’Neal relayed a wild story about Farrah’s 60th birthday to Vanity Fair.
“When she turned 60, we had this celebratory birthday where I shot my son,” O’Neal said, his tone as casual as if there had been nothing conversation-stopping about such a remark. “I could have hit him, but I missed. Farrah was lying in bed, and she could hear it all—fights, swinging, gunshots. Welcome to the O’Neals’!” Baring his teeth in a faux-cheery grin, he launched into an energetic rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.”
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O’Neal has four children by three different women; the son he shot at was Griffin, but Redmond, the deeply troubled child of Fawcett and O’Neal, was also fair game for mordant remarks. “I was thinking I’ll get a motorcycle, because I’ll get killed and then I can join her,” O’Neal said. “But then I thought, No, I can’t, because my son’s in jail again!”
According to the Daily Mail, Redmond O’Neal has struggled with heroin addiction for almost all of his adult life and his trouble with drugs began long before the death of his famous mother.
class=”mol-para-with-font”>He was in prison during her final days after a 2008 arrest but managed to get briefly released for one final meeting before she passed away.
Redmond reportedly promised his mother he would stay clean, but in 2011 was back in a court-ordered treatment center when he was found to be in possession of heroin and a firearm during a traffic stop, a violation of his probation.
He was released in late 2012, but in 2014 relapsed again and was ordered to rehab.
But in July 2015, he admitted to a judge in Los Angeles that he had again violated the terms of his probation stemming from his felony heroin drug possession conviction.
Redmond’s half-sister Tatum O’Neal, who has fought her own battles with addiction, described his addiction problems as ‘so bad that it breaks my heart.’
‘I love him, but I have never seen a more scary side of addiction,’ she told People in May 2015. ‘Nobody knows what to do with Redmond. From what I’ve seen, there is no way he’s going to survive.’
Redmond O’Neal, 33, was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of criminal threats, one count of brandishing a knife and one count of battery, according to LAPD.
O’Neal, who has had a history of drug and legal troubles, allegedly began his attacks on passersby May 2 and continued through May 5 in Venice Beach and Palms neighborhoods, authorities said.
He allegedly attacked a number of people who made eye contact with him. He is accused of stabbing a Venice man in the side on May 4, then, later that night, allegedly stabbed another man numerous times in the nearby area. Both victims sustained serious injuries.
On Friday, O’Neal was arrested following an armed robbery after he was identified as the suspect in a 7-Eleven stick-up, police said. – Hollywood Reporter