Griffin O’Neal
has accused his father, Ryan, of turning him onto cocaine at the age of 13.
In an explosive interview, a bitter Griffin also charged that his womanizing
dad encouraged him to follow in his footsteps when Griffin – then just 11 –
began having sex.

Now 23, and the
veteran of 2 ½ years in a drug-rehabilitation program, Griffin recalled
the day he was introduced to coke 10 years ago.

“We were going
to a movie and Dad said, ‘Let’s do a little of this to get us through. It’s
a long film.’ He pulled out some coke, and that was that. I’d smoke hashish
before that with him.”

“There were
always drugs in the house. I was an old hand at smoking pot when I was 6.”

“Dad would
rather I did drugs with him than with some person I didn’t know and perhaps
get myself killed,” he says. “I think he was trying to prepare me
for the atmosphere I was going to grow up in.”

“Dad never
gave me any fatherly advice about sex, because I was 11 going on 30 and I didn’t
need it. He just said, “If it fells good, go ahead.”‘

Griffin claims
that these days, he gets no advice at all from Ryan. In fact, he says, they
haven’t spoken for more than a year.

“He has rejected
me and considers me scum,” says Griffin. “My own father gave me cocaine
and yet he won’t take the blame. If he’d given me a stronger fatherly message
against drugs, who knows? My life could have been so different.”

Griffin – Ryan’s
son from his marriage to actress Joanna Moore – lived with his mother after
his parents divorced. But then her own drinking problems drove him to move in
with his father.

“It felt great
for a while, but it comes down to the fact that it was all dangerous, all wrong.
My father was older and should have known that. The only time he changed his
attitude was when I started to do drugs on my own. He realized it was getting
out of hand. But he had started it.”

He says his wild
behavior was partly caused by sister Tatum’s success. She had won an Oscar at
9 for her work in Paper Moon, which she co-starred with their father.

“I felt like
a puppy that wasn’t petted,” says Griffin.

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From The Star
2-2-88


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