O’Neal — who was arrested for allegedly robbing a convenience store at knifepoint while possessing meth and heroin earlier this week in Los Angeles — was devastated after the passing of his close friend and attorney, Richard Pintal — and left without a mentor, a family insider told Radar.
“Richard was always able to reel Redmond back from those times he lost his way,” the insider explained to Radar of Pintal, who succumbed to cancer in 2016. “Richard would personally take Redmond to meetings, make sure he was working the steps, and encouraging his recovery.”
“Redmond doesn’t have anyone else in his life that did the things Richard did, sadly.”
Without Pintal, O’Neal stopped going to recovery meetings and spiraled out of control, the source claimed.
“Redmond was under the influence of drugs when he held up the convenience store,” the source insisted. “For all of the great work Richard did for Redmond in and out of court, it’s now time to recognize that he needs to be sent to prison for a very long, long time.”
Redmond, now 33, previously lost his beloved mother Fawcett to cancer in 2009.
He has a long history of legal troubles, and was last in prison for a year in 2016 stemming from a heroin-related arrest.
“He’s an addict,” his actress sister Tatum said in 2011. “Addicts keep using until they want to stop. We’re praying for him every day.”
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