Tatum O'Neal Nabbed in Crack Bust

Oscar-winner arrested buying drugs near NYC apartment
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2008 9:46 AM CDT
Tatum O'Neal, who penned a memoir on her history of drug abuse, was busted on a street corner buying crack cocaine last night.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Troubled actress Tatum O'Neal, who wrote a book on her addiction to drugs and alcohol, was arrested last night for buying crack cocaine down the block from her Manhattan luxury condo, the New York Post reports. O'Neal, who at 10 was the youngest person to win an Oscar, for Paper Moon, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

When cops caught O’Neal she asked them, "You know who I am, right?" A source said the 44-year-old first explained she was researching a part as a junkie, then said she had been clean for two years. "Can't we just forget about this?" O’Neal, who has three grown kids with ex-hubby tennis star John McEnroe, reportedly begged.