Lawyer: Ryan O'Neal 'Does Not Use Drugs'

Lawyer: Ryan O'Neal 'Does Not Use Drugs'
Ryan O'Neal (left) and Redmond O'Neal
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

09/18/2008 08:30PM

Drugs found by police in Ryan O'Neal's home didn't belong to him and the actor "will be fully vindicated," his lawyer tells PEOPLE.

"Those were not Ryan's drugs, he doesn't use drugs, and has nothing to do with them," attorney Mark Werksman said Thursday. "It's a dangerous assumption for deputies to have arrested Ryan just because he was in proximity to the drugs."

Werksman declined to specify how a vial of methamphetamines found by sheriff's deputies Wednesday ended up in Ryan's bedroom, or whose drugs they were. O'Neal and his son were both arrested for alleged drug possession.

"This situation is very upsetting to Ryan because he's just trying to lead his life quietly," Werksman added. "I have full confidence that Ryan will be vindicated."

Separately, a source close to the case confirms that Ryan O'Neal's on-again, off-again partner Farrah Fawcett was asleep in the actor's Malibu home at the time of the arrests.

Ryan O'Neal, 67, and his son Redmond, 23, are currently free on bail after posting $10,000 bond each following their arrests. Formal criminal charges have yet to be filed.

Ryan O'Neal was previously arrested in Feb. 2007 for an altercation with his other son, Griffin, but the L.A. District Attorney's Office declined to prosecute the case due to insufficient evidence.

Earlier Thursday, O'Neal's daughter Tatum spoke out on the latest arrest as well.

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