Date: 22nd December 2000

Downey JR. Avoids Malibu Jail

LATEST: The judge who ordered ROBERT DOWNEY JR. to prison for violating probation in an earlier drug case ruled Wednesday (21DE00) that the actor served enough time behind bars.

Superior Court JUDGE LAWRENCE J. MIRA also told the Oscar- nominated star of CHAPLIN that the hearing to "re-evaluate credits on time served" had nothing to do with a pending drug case in Riverside County.

Looking at Downey, who wore a grey blazer, Mira wished the actor good luck. Downey was charged 11 December (00) with two felony drug counts and a misdemeanour stemming from his Thanksgiving weekend arrest at a Palm Springs resort. He will be arraigned 27 December (00) in Indio. The actor didn't speak to reporters when he left the courthouse after Tuesday's (20DE00) brief hearing. Downey currently appears on ALLY MCBEAL, although his status on the show is uncertain. (PDD/HR)

Source: WENN