Tatum O'Neal arrested in NYC drug bust

June 2, 2008 5:49:02 AM PDT
Police say Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O'Neal has been arrested after allegedly buying crack cocaine near her home in Manhattan.

Police say the 44-year-old actress was seen making the illicit purchase at about 7:30 last night. She is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

O'Neal is the daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal and appears regularly on the cable television series "Rescue Me." She was the youngest person to win an Oscar -- for her role in 1973's "Paper Moon."

She chronicled her struggles with addiction in her memoir, "A Paper Life."

Police could not say whether she had an attorney. Messages left for a publicist were not returned early today.