“It’s not the drugs that have been a problem, it’s the psychological trauma of my entire life—my whole life experiences have affected me the most,” O’Neal revealed to RadarOnline. “Fighting with my father, being kicked out and living on the streets, going to jail, being put in a psychiatric ward, being embarrassed all the time, just because of who my parents are.”
The celebrity son has been charged with six crimes following the incident, including assault, drug possession, second-degree robbery, possession of a smoking device, and possession of an injection/ingestion device.
At the time of the arrest, O’Neal reportedly had heroin and methamphetamine on him.
“The pressure that came with that set off a time-bomb in my head. I never asked for any of this, I never wanted any attention,” he said.
He pleaded not guilty and the judge denied him bail.
“This last arrest, something happened to me. I’m not doing good. I can’t go back, no way can I go back. I just can’t do it,” he said. “I hated prison, it wasn’t good. I don’t do well in there. In my mind, I’ve lost all hope.”
Things don’t look good for O’Neal as the felony complaint also alleges that “the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the robbery.”
According to authorities, O’Neal held up the store clerk and took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing around 2:30 in the morning. He was soon arrested with the knife that matched the description of the one the store clerk described being brandished in the robbery.
The incident is yet another in the long line of troubles O’Neal has found himself in. In 2015, he escaped having to serve a three-year sentence when his trial judge credited him a year served. He has also had probation revoked multiple times, having struggled with drugs for most of his adult life.