Kin's E-Mail Gets Downey Transferred To Rehab

Kin's E-Mail Gets Downey Transferred To Rehab
Posted by FoM on September 03, 1999 at 16:03:30 PT
By Andy Geller
Source: New York Post
A Web site launched by Robert Downey Jr.'s family has apparently gotten results - the 34-year-old, sobriety-challenged actor has been moved from a jail cell to a rehab center. 
The family established the site: to pressure officials into allowing the star of "Natural Born Killers" and "Chaplin" to do his three years in a prison rehab facility. It urged his fans to join a letter-writing campaign to President Clinton and California Gov. Gray Davis - and included a handy form letter to mail. Apparently, it worked. The one-time Oscar nominee is now one of 700 inmates at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran, Calif. "The system works. We are very grateful," said a message on the Web site yesterday. On Aug. 5, Judge Lawrence Mira sentenced the Hollywood bad boy to a maximum of three years in the slammer for repeatedly violating probation on drug and weapons charges. The charges stem from a June 1996 incident in which Downey was stopped for speeding. Inside his pickup were cocaine, crack, heroin and a pistol. He entered rehab, but kept falling off the wagon. Downey was shipped off to North Kern State Prison in Delano, Calif. But on Aug. 25, he was transferred to the rehab center, said Manuel Porras, a spokesman. "He's doing fine," said Porras. Pubdate: September 3, 1999New York Post®,™Downey's Defenders - September 1, 1999 - Newsweek
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