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Downey Jr. Case Hearing Postponed

April 30, 2001

INDIO, Calif. (AP) _ Lawyers for Robert Downey Jr. Monday were given three more weeks to prepare for a hearing where they’ll challenge a police search during the ``Ally McBeal″ actor’s drug arrest last Thanksgiving weekend.

After the arrest at Merv Griffin’s Resort Hotel and Givenchi Spa, Downey was charged with felony counts of possessing cocaine and Valium and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Motions filed by Downey’s attorneys say the Valium and cocaine were obtained illegally by police. The lawyers also asked the court to suppress Downey’s statement giving police permission to search the hotel room.

A hearing scheduled Monday was postponed to May 24, a deputy district attorney said.

Downey, 36, of Malibu, is set to appear in court May 15 for his arrest last week in a Culver City alley for investigation of being under the influence of drugs.

After that arrest, Downey was fired from the ``Ally McBeal″ cast.

It was the latest in a series of drug-related brushes with the law involving the actor since 1996.

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