The troubled son of Farrah Fawcett is back behind bars after a Dec. 29 hearing

By Ken Lee
Updated January 05, 2010 02:50 PM
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Redmond O’Neal continues to battle his addictions.

The troubled son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal was taken into police custody at a Dec. 29 hearing for an alleged drug-related probation violation, his lawyer confirmed Tuesday. O’Neal had been undergoing in-patient rehab since September.

At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Michael Tynan ordered Redmond, 24, into a 30-day jail rehab facility pending a Feb. 2 progress report.

“It seems to me you haven’t got a clue as to what recovery means,” Judge Tynan lectured Redmond, who was nervously shaking his leg while wearing a blue L.A. County jail jumpsuit. “It’s a lifetime commitment. It’s grinding, hard, painful work.”

The younger O’Neal had written a letter to the court explaining his relapse. In it, he wrote about his family’s struggles and that he had “let them down.” Fawcett died last June, while her son was behind bars.

According to L.A. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore, in late December O’Neal “was out of his rehab facility on a 24-hour pass. When he came back, he told his counselors he had used drugs. He subsequently tested positive for drugs.”

Despite his latest arrest, Redmond’s lawyer Richard Pintal said he was “confident” he could keep his client out of prison. The younger O’Neal has been arrested multiple times for drug charges over the years.