Back in 1996, Robert Downey Jr. convicted of s convicted of felony drug possession after he was arrested on a Los Angeles County highway after police found heroin, cocaine and a pistol in his vehicle.
After he repeatedly violated the terms of his parole, a judge sentenced him to three years in the slammer in 1999, and he subsequently spent nearly a year behind bars before kicking his substance abuse problems and restarting his nearly dead acting career to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Nearly 20 years later, the Iron Man star is being pardoned by California Governor Jerry Brown, one of 91 people receiving pardons for past crimes.
California’s governor has pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a 1996 drug conviction that sent the actor to prison.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced Thursday that Downey was among 91 people receiving pardons, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the governor’s official website, a pardon doesn’t erase the conviction, but is meant as a public proclamation that the pardonee as demonstrated “exemplary behaviour”; in the time since and is “fully rehabilitated.”;