LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robert Downey Jr.'s latest brush with the law has cost him the job for which he won a Golden Globe earlier this year.
The actor, who made a much-heralded comeback as Calista Flockhart's love interest on TV's "Ally McBeal," was fired from the show Tuesday, hours after his arrest for investigation of being under the influence of drugs.
The arrest was the latest in a string of substance-abuse troubles for the actor, whose career has been derailed several times by rehabilitation and prison time.
Downey was on foot in Culver City, near southwest Los Angeles, when he was taken into custody by officers who said he displayed symptoms of being on drugs, according to police Lt. Dave Tankenson.
Police did not specify what type of drug he was accused of using.
Downey, 36, of Malibu, was detained a few hours, issued a misdemeanor citation and released to his parole agent. He was ordered to appear in court May 4.
Hours after his release, "Ally McBeal" producer David E. Kelley issued a brief statement saying Downey had been fired.
"We are wrapping up the stories on the final few episodes of 'Ally McBeal' for the season without him," the Emmy-winning producer said, adding that the show wished Downey the best and hoped for a full recovery.
A few scenes featuring Downey have already been shot for future episodes. Kelley publicist Bonnie Winings said it is not clear whether that footage will be used now. However, 20th Century Fox spokesman Chris Alexander said there was a good chance it would be.
Schwarzenegger won't run
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -- After months of consideration, Arnold Schwarzenegger opted out of the race for California governor Tuesday, saying his film career and family take precedence over any wish to run.
"I have to be selfless at this point ... and take care of those things," the actor said in announcing his decision.
"The movie projects came together," he said of his film obligations. Therefore, he said, "I have to keep up my end of the deal. It's not like it could have gone this way or that."
Schwarzenegger said he was merely postponing a plunge into politics until "some other time," when his four children, ages 3 to 11, are older.
CNN hires former 'NYPD Blue' actress
NEW YORK (AP) -- CNN Headline News is looking for star power to boost its ratings, hiring former "NYPD Blue" actress Andrea Thompson for a news job.
Thompson will be an anchorwoman for the network, according to a CNN executive who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Thompson played detective Jill Kirkendall on "NYPD Blue." Her character exited the ABC show in 1999 after marital problems interfered with her police work.
She switched careers and was hired last May as a reporter and fill-in anchor at television station KRQE in Albuquerque, N.M.
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