Ryan Corr, the star of The Rafters, almost lost his Hollywood career after he was caught in May with heroin in a Bondi laneway. On Tuesday, he saved his acting career and narrowly escaped conviction after the judge gave him a second chance.
Magistrate Julie Huber instead gave the 25-year-old actor a 12-month good behaviour bond, normally given to first-time violators of a minor drug possession offence. The maximum penalty for that offence is two years prison term.
A conviction would result in the actor being banned from entering other countries where he could possibly shoot movies.
The judge admonished Corr, who filed a guilty plea, not to repeat his offence or "do anything stupid again." She told Corr, "It is quite clear that you are a young man with a long, successful acting career and there is nothing to suggest that career won't continue."
The actor told the Waverley Court that he was then at a vulnerable state when he checked in at a hotel on Fletcher Street where he was given a pack of heroin. The man from where the illegal drug came told him, "Here, have this, you'll feel better."
The freezer bag yielded 0.26 grammes of heroin powder when he was apprehended in Castlefield Lane, located 200 metres from his hotel. That amount is about the size of half a Panadol, the actor's lawyer, Chris Murphy, said.
Corrs said a few days before he was arrested, his grandfather who was his companion to movie and TV shooting had a heart attack and lapsed into a coma.
Murphy said that Corr is grateful for being busted because he vowed never to try heroin again. The May incident was his first and last attempt, Corr said, adding he never took the drugs.
His good behaviour bond paves the ways for Corr to return to the filming of his next movie, The Water Diviner, directed by actor Russell Crowe. The film is slated to be released on Dec 26.
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