Robert Downey Jr's son charged with drugs offences

Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. Credit: Reuters

Actor Robert Downey Jr's son has been charged with possessing cocaine and drug paraphernalia, officials have said.

Indio Downey, 20, was arrested on Sunday after police stopped a suspicious vehicle in the West Hollywood area around 2.20pm, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

He was released from jail after his father posted a $10,250 bail. A court date has yet to be set.

In a statement the Iron Man star, who has suffered his own battle with drug use, said: "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it."

He added: "There is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being.

"We're grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."