Jeremy London Kidnapped in the Wake of Addiction and Custody Battle


jeremy londond kidnappedParty of Five actor Jeremy London survived a harrowing kidnapping on June 10th, reports The actor’s life is already in turmoil. Coming off of years of prescription painkiller addicition, the star is going through a divorce from wife actress Melissa Cunningham and battling her for custody of their son, Lyrik, 3. So it’s especially sad, and ironic, that the kidnappers forced the former addict to smoke drugs at gunpoint. 

The entire episode sounds like something out of a movie. Yet arrests have been made by the Palm Springs Police Department, which means this adrenaline-filled storyline is real.

According to the report, London was changing a tire on his car when two men stopped to help him. They then abducted him at gunpoint in his own car. “He told officers that (during the kidnapping) he was forced to smoke dope and then purchase booze and hand it out in a gang area of Palm Springs,” Sergeant Steve Douglas from the Palm Springs P.D. told London escaped at 3 a.m. His car was found near one of the suspect’s homes. Two men have been arrested.

“He spent hours thinking he was going to die and he did what he had to do not to end up shot or dead,” a source told

Though the kidnapping appears, amazingly, to be random, it can’t possibly help his custody battle. In a revealing interview with People magazine in April, London (twin of actor Jason London) talked about his rise to fame in Hollywood, his descent into drug use, and his tumultuous romance with Cunningham. “When it was good, it was better than good. When it was bad, it was really, really, bad,” he told the magazine. “Somewhere along the way, pills entered the picture.”

In rehab last year, “I realized my problem was worse than I thought.” Through it all, he says, “Lyrik is the bright light that makes all of this worth it. If I had to change one thing and it meant not having the son I have, I’d go through every bit of it again.” 

In May, Jeremy London had twice-a-month visits with Lyrik and was in the process of fighting for more. We’re just thrilled to hear he’s alive.

PHOTO: Bauer-Griffin

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