Tatum O\'Neal

44-year-old Oscar winning actress Tatum O’Neal (Bad News Bears, Paper Moon) was arrested for buying “cocaine and crack” reports the NY Post [Ed. Note: Isn’t crack and cocaine one in the same?]. She was a few blocks away from her Lower East Side luxury apartment buying from Alan Garcia when police made the bust.

“When the police approached, she asked them, ‘You know who I am, right?’ ” one source told The Post.

“Then she said, ‘I’m researching a part – I’m doing this for a part’ ” as a junkie.

The source said detectives found a pipe on O’Neal, daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal. The pipe and screen were clean.

“Then she said she’d been clean for two years, and that she’d just came out today,” the source said.

“Can’t we just forget about this?” the sources said she begged detectives.

Insulting a cop’s intelligence is always a good way to get out of trouble. One time I was being cuffed and I asked the policeman if he knew who I was. He didn’t. Because he’s ignorant you see? He apologized profusely. Although, I can’t help but think that he was being a little disingenuous because his apology was accompanied by a brutal beating with his baton.

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