Tatum O'Neal Arrested For Buying Crack

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Tatum O'Neal was due to be arraigned in New York Monday after being busted for buying crack cocaine near her home, according to authorities.

Police say the Oscar winner was seen making the illicit purchase at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tatum O'Neal was tossed in jail overnight and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Also arrested at the scene was a 33-year-old man, believed to be a dealer.

The New York Post says O'Neal told cops, "You know who I am, right?" She said she was "researching a part - I'm doing this for a part as a junkie."

She is also quoted as asking detectives, "Can't we just forget about this?"

Tatum O'Neal is the daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal and the ex-wife of John McEnroe. In her autobiography, she says she was abandoned by a drug addict mom (actress Joanna Moore) at age seven and began using drugs by 14.

The winner of the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Paper Moon in 1973, O'Neal chronicled her struggles with addiction in her 2004 memoir, A Paper Life. The actress completed rehab in 1996 and claimed to be clean.

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Perfect work!

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No judgment, but "researching a part"? That's embarrassing.

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gottaluv tatshe was marriedto john mac , she need crack Judge ye not

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I feel sorry for Tatum, this is what she never wanted the world to know. Not after all her promises that she was clean. But you know, there but for the grace of God, go any of us. Who are we to judge? She's not the first and wont be the last. I hope this wont have an impact on her come back to tv. and movies because that girl can act. Such a waste of her abilities and talent.

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It is time to grow up, your children should not have to face this. I lived in a building in Manhattan with your ex husband John and he seemed to always have the kids, now I understand why, I have always been a fan of yours honey,BUT GROW UP.

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I feel sorry for Tatum. Why don't everyone just give her a break.
I'm sure many of the you have been through the same situation, but you seem to forget. Tatum I'm rooting for you and have confidence that you are sober but just made a mistake like we all do.... Keep you head up high and stay sober and don't worry what everyone is saying... My prayers are with you. I've been there I wish we could be friends because I definely relate can relate to you...

Tatum O'Neal Biography

Tatum O'Neal is an actress who used to be married to John McEnroe, and who has had some problems with alcohol and drug addiction. She is... More »
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