Stephen M. Silverman
April 02, 1998 12:00 AM

Albert Aleixo, 45, a friend of Robert Downey Jr. who was also arrested with the actor on drug charges during a Tuesday morning bust heard around the world, is saying that he and the troubled star are still friends — even if Downey did lead police to his door. “This isn’t going to affect their 10-year friendship,” Aleixo’s attorney, Peter Knecht, told Reuters on Thursday. Downey, 36, was arrested on Tuesday outside a $45-per-night motel in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City on suspicion of taking drugs. He then reportedly led police to the motel room where Aleixo, a former antiques dealer, had been living since having been evicted from his Venice, Calif., apartment. No drugs were confiscated, but Downey and Aleixo were arrested on suspicion of using drugs. Aleixo was later released on his own recognizance and ordered into rehab, Knecht said. The attorney added that he did not know how the two men had originally met, but the actor considered Aleixo “like an older brother.”

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