- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ryan’s son riled

More fatherhood follies from Ryan O’Neal.

Days after news surfaced that the pudgy ex-hunk hit on his daughter, Tatum, at partner Farrah Fawcett’s funeral, a new claim has been lobbed against the Oscar-nominated star.

His eldest son, Griffin, from his first marriage to Joanna Moore, says his destructive, hard-partying dad gave him cocaine when he was 11, the New York Daily News reports.

The charge by Griffin O’Neal, 45, came during an emotional interview with Larry King in which he said his dad’s behavior left him, Tatum and his half-brother Redmond battling addictions.

“I was 11 years old,” Griffin O’Neal said, “when he gave me cocaine and said we are going to see a long movie called ‘Barry Lyndon.’ ”

In 1975, a then-bankable Ryan O’Neal played the title character in the Stanley Kubrick film about an 18th-century Irish adventurer and his spectacular fall from grace.

Today, Mr. O’Neal appears to be living out an actual astonishing public plummet, following Miss Fawcett’s death last month. The one-time Hollywood glamour couple, who had split after a decade-and-a-half relationship, reconciled in the months before she died.

Griffin O’Neal, long estranged from his father, wasn’t permitted to attend Miss Fawcett’s funeral and claims his father’s tears are as phony as, well, a paper moon.

“All those crocodile tears! My dad’s only goal was to make sure he would be in the will,” Griffin O’Neal said. “It was so disgustingly transparent as soon as he found out she was terminal. I consider him a vulture presiding over a carcass.”

Arrested again

The man accused of stalking tween sensation Miley Cyrus has been picked up again.

Mark McLeod, a fan who was arrested a month ago but released because of jail overcrowding, was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Appling, Ga. He will be charged with criminal attempted stalking, the New York Daily News reports.

Police told the newspaper that 53-year-old Mr. McLeod, who insists he is engaged to the 16-year-old “Hannah Montana” superstar, had ignored police orders to stay away from the movie set on Tybee Island near Savannah, Ga., where Miley is filming Disney’s “The Last Song.”

Sentence delayed

A Los Angeles judge has delayed sentencing R&B singer Chris Brown on an assault charge to seek more input from Virginia authorities about whether Mr. Brown could do community labor in that state, Associated Press reports.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said at a hearing Wednesday she will sentence Brown on Aug. 27 in the February beating of Rihanna, who did not attend the hearing.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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