It hasn’t been an easy road for Farrah Fawcett‘s son, Redmond O’Neal, who went on a heartbreaking downward spiral after his beloved mother passed away in 2009 from anal cancer. Since he was a teenager, the 34-year-old has struggled with substance abuse issues.
Redmond is currently awaiting trial after a week-long crime spree in May 2018. He is facing attempted murder charges and other felonies, which will be determined at a Los Angeles Mental Health Court, after allegedly committing a serious crime that left two men extremely injured.
In May 2019, The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars actor, his defense attorney Nina Daly and prosecutor Matthew Byrne were asked to return to court next month for a pretrial hearing. At that hearing, both sides also are scheduled to decide whether Redmond is stable enough to face a court or jury trial on his mental competency — which was called into question by the defense attorney. If he is convicted, Redmond could be imprisoned for decades.
Following his mother’s death, Redmond was left with a $4.5 million lifetime trust. According to the rules of the trust, Redmond is only authorized to take portions of the cash at least four times a year and up to once a month. In fact, the Charlie’s Angels star’s son can only take money from the interest earned by the trust, not the $4.5 million principal balance. Redmond is only entitled to a portion of the principal if it’s necessary for health care purposes.
Sadly enough, Redmond has been known to have troubles following his famous mother’s death — including issues with his father, Ryan O’Neal and his sister, Tatum O’Neal. Following his arrest, Redmond opened up about currently being in jail while faces a number of offenses, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The Extremities actress’ son said it was “not drugs that have been a problem,” but “the psychological trauma, it’s the psychological trauma of my entire life — my whole life experiences have affected me the most,” he told Radar Online in May 2018.
The former voice actor explained that fighting with his dad and “being kicked out and living on the streets” only added to his troubles. Redmond insisted that “going to jail, being put in a psychiatric ward, being embarrassed all the time” was something that only occurred “because of who my parents are.”