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Ryan's Son Tethered Like a Dog

2/8/2007 2:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned what triggered the fight last weekend that resulted in Ryan O'Neal's arrest. Ryan's son Griffin chained his brother to a staircase in his home like a dog.

Law enforcement sources say when Ryan O'Neal returned from dinner last Friday night, he found his son Redmond (whose mother is Farrah Fawcett) tethered to a staircase with handcuffs on his ankles. We're told Griffin had chained his brother to the banister earlier in the evening, after walking in on him and finding that he was unresponsive. We're told Griffin believed his brother had overdosed and tethered him to prevent him from leaving and buying drugs.

We're told Griffin was so concerned, he called 911 and paramedics actually came to the house. Redmond was awake and said he had just been sleeping, so the paramedics left.

We're told when Ryan arrived home at 11, he tripped over the chain tied to Redmond and became enraged as Griffin laughed it off.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, they believe it was Ryan -- not Griffin -- who initially began swinging the fireplace poker. And these sources believe it was Ryan who struck Griffin's girlfriend before Griffin wrestled the poker away from his dad. Ryan's people strongly dispute this and claim Griffin was drunk and was the one who grabbed the poker first.

Launch galleryWe're told Ryan screamed "Get the f**k out of my house you asshole." Griffin and his girlfriend walked out, and we're told, for some reason, came back. It was then that Ryan fired a shot.

When deputies arrived, they found Redmond still tethered and shot video to document it. They also shot video of Ryan's injuries.

Sources say Redmond checked into rehab last Monday.

Griffin's attorney Gloria Allred would not comment on the details of the case, but did tell TMZ "Griffin's concern has always been for the health, safety and well-being of Redmond and Joanna. He continues to do everything possible to protect his brother and I believe the facts will support that assertion."

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16.

A Man Who Knows!    

This family needs Nanny 911

2763 days ago
17.

Brenda Watts    

There is no need to use foul language on the boards.
Tatum had nothing to do with it.

2763 days ago
18.

the wise old owl    

THIS IS THE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY I'VE EVER HEARD ABOUT. THEY NEED TO DO A REALITY SHOW RIGHT AWAY.. MY GOODNESS. THEY'RE ALL LUNATICS.

2763 days ago
19.

Karen    

Simone, there are plenty of wonderful human beings who live in trailer parks. Let's not generalize and stereotype people who live in trailer parks. Do I live in one? No, I do not, but I have taught plenty of wonderful kids who live in them. None of them behaved like Ryan O'Neal's children.

2763 days ago
20.

cari    

This "news" was posted on Perezhilton two days ago... what part of the story is the exclusive??

2763 days ago
21.

Dorian    

AALLRED SHOULD ALLOW HER TWO PATHETIC CLIENTS TO LIVE WITH HER FOR THE DURATION OF THE TIME SHE REPRESENTS THE PAIR OF LOSERS....I BET THE DURATION WOULD BE BRIEF!!!

2763 days ago
22.

Wendy    

Ryan O'Neal should just cut-off his loser sons! No on will blame him for it! I would!
Why is he supporting a 42 year old and his dumb-trail trash girlfriend? RYAN - DUMP YOU LOOSER SON!

2763 days ago
23.

Whatever    

What a bunch of a**holes.

2763 days ago
24.

Wendy    

Ryan O'Neal should cut-off his loser sons - it's obvious they are dragging him down!

No one would blame him - I wouldn't! Why is he support his 42 year old loser, drug-addict, son and his trail-trash 22 yr old girlfriend?

RYAN - LOSE THE LOOSER SONs! They're both old enough to get bent!

2763 days ago
25.

scarlett    

Ryan has another son, Patrick, by actress Leigh Taylor Young. He has turned out quite normal; obviously his mother is grounded and played an important role in his life. The other three children -- Ryan is a loser of a father, and Farah did not turn out to be a good mother.

2763 days ago
26.

Whatever    

Ryan should not have let his sons leech off him. He has raised these two to behave like wolves. Time to cut them off and they need to work and maybe won't have time to act like bafoons.

2763 days ago
27.

TJ    

What a dysfunctional family! They obviously have too much money and time on their hands. Let them take the focus off themselves and go help out at a homeless shelter, or volunteer their time to Habitat for Humanity. They are sick, self indulgent, spoiled people who contribute nothing to society except to waste tax payer's money by having the police and paramedics constantly respond to their calls. Nothing but a bunch of wackos!!

2763 days ago
28.

Robert DiMenna    

I think you people (TMZ) are pathetic.

The way you miss lead people, Lie and dramatize things.

you are despicable, making it seem that Ryan chained HIS son

I will never read your sh*t again and will bad-mouth you every chance I get.

2763 days ago
29.

Jennifer    

Ryan is a loser father, he went out with Farrah for a birthday celebration, and asked his son Griffin to watch Redmond who has a major drug problem and will end up dead, when your dealing with a major addict like Redmond you may go to the extreme of trying to stop them from trying to get more drugs. Griffin doesn'tlive with Ryan but was asked by Ryan to babysit his and Farrah son who by the way has to be20 something by now so he wouldn't do drugs.It's Ryans fault,I've never seen a f***ed up family all connected to one man Ryan,and where the f*** is Farrah I'm sure she knnew what was going on.

2763 days ago
30.

Whatever    

Mike Tyson should go over and knock some sense into all of them. I don't know why that asswipe Griffin is trying to sue his mealticket.

2763 days ago
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