Downey Downer: Wife Seeks Divorce

Deborah Falconer, who has been separated from actor for nearly five years, blames "irreconcilable differences"

By Emily Farache Jan 24, 2001 6:00 PMTags
Such are the vicissitudes of Robert Downey Jr.'s life: Sunday he's winning a Golden Globe, two days later he's losing his wife.

Deborah Falconer, the actor's wife of eight and a half years and the mother of their son, Indio, filed for divorce Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

While the move isn't exactly shocking--Falconer, a model and wannabe singer and actress--has been separated from Downey since his drug problems started getting him into serious legal trouble in 1996. The timing is curious, though, coming just days after the Globe win for his supporting work on Ally McBeal and reports surfacing of him getting a contract extension at the Fox show.

Falconer, who reportedly lives with Beck's drummer, Victor Indrizzo, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

In her petition, Falconer seeks custody of the 7-year-old Indio, spousal support payments, child support, division of their joint property, attorney fees and additional costs. She says she's willing to allow Downey visits with the child but only if they are supervised.

Falconer and Downey, both 35, were married May 29, 1992.

Downey, who (in a made-for-the-tabloids entrance) arrived at the Golden Globes arm in arm with Ally star Calista Flockhart, is due to appear in court Monday in (coincidentally) Indio, California, for drug charges stemming from his arrest over Thanksgiving weekend in Palm Springs.

Downey pleaded innocent in December to two felony charges of possession of cocaine and the prescription depressant diazepam and to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Because the amount of drugs allegedly found in Downey's possession is small, the actor is eligible for an "expedited drug program," according to prosecutors.

Downey is currently free on $50,000 bail. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to four years and eight months in state prison. Prosecutors are working with Downey's attorneys to reach a plea agreement.

Last August, Downey was granted an early release from California's Corcoran State Prison, where he had been incarcerated for about a year after violating his probation on several drug arrests dating back to 1996.

There was no comment from Downey's camp on the divorce filing.