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June 02, 2008

Tatum O'Neal Arrested

Eek, things seem to have gone downhill for Tatum O'Neal. O'Neal was arrested for buying crack cocaine in New York.

Actress Tatum O'Neal was arrested on Sunday night accused of buying drugs outside her Lower East Side apartment. Cops say they found one back of crack and one bag of cocaine on the Academy Award-winning actress when she was picked up.

O'Neal evidently told cops she was "researching for a part," but later changed her story when the officers found the drugs and a crack pipe.

"I've been clean for a long time!" O'Neal begged cops, "Today was the first time I was relapsing, but you guys saved me! Can you let me go?"

Of course Tatum O'Neal has had a long and protracted relationship with drugs over the years. It would have been better if she had stayed clean of course.

Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O'Neal was arrested Sunday for buying crack cocaine in New York, police said.

The 44-year-old actress, who penned a 2004 memoir about her long road to sobriety, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan after she was seen making a purchase from a drug dealer, police said.

She's even written about her addictions:

O'Neal won an Academy Award at age 10 for Best Supporting Actress in the movie "Paper Moon." Her book "A Paper Life," published in 2004, dealt with abuse and neglect in her childhood and her struggles with addiction.

Tatum O'Neal was formerly married to John MacEnroe, with whom she has three children:

Daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal and actress Joanna Cook Moore Tatum O'Neil remains the youngest actor, at the age of 10, to win an Oscar  for her performance in Paper Moon.

Tatum O'Neil married tennis superstar John McEnroe in 1986. The couple had three children: Kevin, Sean, and Emily.

The couple divorced in 1992. She began spiraling downward after the divorce, developing an addiction to heroin. Her drug abuse cost her the custody of her children. John McEnroe obtained full custody of their kids in 1998.

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Pray for her. She's done so good for so long. Please reach out to her and don't condem her for this relaspse.

Posted by: Bill | Jun 2, 2008 3:13:08 PM

I feel for her. You know know MacEnroe is really going to rake her over the coals with this. I hope she gets herself immediately back into treatment, I'm rooting for her to stay on track! She's done well so far and and I hope she can stay off drugs.

Posted by: Sarah | Jun 2, 2008 3:25:53 PM

My sympathy level is at nil for this sort of thing, cant help someone who doesnt want help

Posted by: Don | Jun 2, 2008 4:10:10 PM

I feel sorry for her since I have been there myself 12 years ago. Cocaine addition is a very difficult habit to overcome since it is foremost a mental addiction. In my case, I was too ashamed to seek help and had to face my demon alone without any therapist,support group, friends, or family involemnet. You know you’re on your way to kick the habit when you refuse to take a hit even in your dreams when you’re sleeping. You know you have kicked the habit when you no longer have any dreams about coke for over a decade. My advice to you Tatum, is to address your source head-on by destroying your ATM and Credit Cards immediately (no immediate cash means no candy), get rid of your dealers phone number (burn bridges), and most importantly be honest to yourself and explore what goes on in your emotional mind

Posted by: anonymous | Jun 3, 2008 1:52:20 AM