Jeremy London was vindicated on Wednesday when his accused kidnapper pled guilty to reduced charges and RadarOnline.com has video of the press conference the actor held just moments after learning the news.
“Today for the most part I guess is…I guess I’m able to reach a form of closure…certainly vindication for the false accusations that I’ve been cruelly bombarded with from the media and certain so called family members,” London said.
“It’s been a really, really terrible year. This ordeal has placed irreparable pressures of damage to my family, my career.”
The Party of Five star then broke down in tears as he began to talk about his son, Lyrik, and the judgment he felt he endured.
“I have a four year old child that has to pay for this from family that pretends that they love me and from people that have no clue what was going on,” he said.
“I was a victim of a terribly violent crime and continually for the last six, seven, eight months, I’ve had to listen to people make jokes about me and make fun of me, over and over.”
Brandon Adams, 27, pled guilty to the reduced charge of misdemeanor vehicle theft and felony false imprisonment in connection with the June 2010 incident involving Jeremy London in an Indio, California court.
RadarOnline.com broke the exclusive story that London, 33, had been kidnapped at gun point, but multiple people, including his then-wife claimed that the actor was using drugs and exaggerated his story.
“I have done nothing but be very honest with the police from the very beginning. I felt like it was extremely important to tell the cops about the drug aspect of it because up till then I was sober,” London said.
“I’d been sober for quite a long time and that was an absolute assault on me and it almost killed me.”
London told RadarOnline.com that he’s sober right now, and has been for the past 17 months.
“Thank God for Dr. Drew because he helped get me through this post-traumatic stuff that I very well, very easily could have relapsed and fallen back into my old ways,” he said.
The 7th Heaven actor noted that Adams was not the gun man during the ordeal, but he was in fact an accomplice.
“If they weren’t going to kill me, which that was an option that night, believe me — they were going to make it look like I was partying with them, because how else were they going to get away with it?” London said of why he believed his assailants made him do drugs with them.
Adams has been in jail since his arrest in June, and was sentenced to 1 year and 4 months in state prison, but he was released Wednesday after having already served 510 days and is now on parole.