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Robert Downey Jr. praises son after drug charge dismissed

Robert Downey Jr. has praised his son Indio for completing a 20-month rehab program.

The Iron Man star took to Facebook.com on Friday (11Mar16) to announce how proud he was of his 22-year-old son Indio, who has had his felony cocaine possession charge dismissed after finishing his rehab stint.

"Congrats are in order for my firstborn, and I’m proud to oblige," Robert wrote. "Having braved the crucible of addiction (and pleased the court), his ongoing commitment to recovery continues to inspire and amaze…

"As long as we can remember, Indio has been a musician at heart. In the last several years, with his band mate Ralph Alexander, I’ve witnessed their dedication, consistency, and determination to grow as artists. I’ve also made it my business to be of as little help as possible, as nepotism usually does more harm than good…

"Just for today, I'm gonna ease up on that. Trust me and give these fine young men a listen."

The actor then posted a link to the Facebook page of his son's band The Dose, and included the music video of their song Cold Hands in his heartfelt message.

Indio, whose mother is Robert's first wife Deborah Falconer, appeared in a Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday (08Mar16) and addressed Judge Lauren Weis Birnstein about his rehab experience, Entertainment Tonight reports.

"Your honor, I would like to say I am truly grateful for the experience I have had over the past 20 months in recovery," he said. "I've gained so much. I'm so blessed to have my life back. I hope to be an inspiration to others in the future."

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