Sean Penn And Robin Wright’s Son Continues To Struggle With Addiction

Hopper Jack Penn attends the Tom Ford Fall/Winter Men's Runway Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 6, 2018 in New York City.

Hopper Jack Penn attends the Tom Ford Fall/Winter Men’s Runway Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 6, 2018, in New York City. | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Hopper Penn, the 24-year-old son of actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright pleaded no contest to an April misdemeanor drug charge, USA Today reports.

Police found 14 grams of marijuana, four amphetamine pills and three grams of psychedelic mushrooms when Penn and his girlfriend, Uma Von Wittkamp were stopped along a Nebraska highway.

Although the couple was originally charged with a felony, they pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of attempt of a felony. Penn and Wittkamp also each paid $1,000.

The recent arrest comes on the heels of Penn trying to pull his life together. Last year he discussed when his struggle with drugs began and what his father did to save his life.

Penn recounts when his addiction started

Penn admits his parent’s divorce was tough on him. He was 14 years-old when they separated and he told the Evening Standard in 2017 how he felt about being shuffled back and forth. “Honestly? I was pretty mad,” he said. “Because they had split up before and then got back together, and then they did it again. So it was like, “Pick which one you’re gonna do.”

“I mean it was not the best. It was kind of tough, talking to them. Because they were both pretty broken too, I think,” Penn said.

He turned his anger toward a new passion–skateboarding. But a serious skateboarding injury left him with idle time, which became his foray into the drug world. “I was pretty bad,’ he told the Evening Standard. “I just got caught a lot doing stuff, you know? Whether it was my parents or the cops.”

The wrong kind of friends introduced Penn first to marijuana and then crystal meth. “I was doing a lot of stuff,’ he said. “But meth was the main one that brought me down.”

Penn’s father takes over

Penn’s father delivered an ultimatum to his son to either go to “rehab or find a bus bench,” according to the Evening Standard.

“I was like, ‘I’ll take the bed’,” Penn recalled. “Thank God I got out of that because that was the worst time in my life. Because it’s not fun when it gets to a point where you just need it.”

After rehab, Penn’s father cast his son in a film he was directing in an attempt to provide his son with some direction. “Structure? Yeah. I mean, that could have been it,” he said. “I know he kind of wrote the part for me, based it on me a little bit. He really wanted to work with me and it ended up being great. But yeah, maybe it was about giving me just a little structure, and just trying to get me to get my own thing going.”

Back to square one

Penn split from girlfriend Uma Von Wittkamp when he spoke with the Evening Standard and looked forward to possibly exploring an acting career. However, the April 2018 arrest seems to be a setback in Penn’s recovery.

After the couple was arrested in April, Penn’s father was reportedly furious to the point where he couldn’t even talk to his son, Radar Online reports. Penn’s father felt let down, especially in light of the opportunities he provided.

“Hopper looks up to his father a lot and he was doing really well after his latest stint in rehab, but he recently fell in with the wrong crowd in L.A. and he picked up right where he left off in his addiction,” a family insider told Radar Online.

“He is going to give him one more chance and has ordered him to go rehab as soon as he is out and it isn’t going to be one of those easy-breezy rehabs either,” according to the source. “He wants him to check into a longterm facility and clean himself up for good, or else.”

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