Heath Ledger’s father has spoken out about actor Ryan Corr’s heroin charge, saying that he has “little empathy” for the star.
Wolf Creek and Packed to the Rafters actor Ryan Corr was charged on Tuesday after he was found smoking heroin in a Bondi Laneway.
The 25-year-old was awarded the ‘Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship’ by Ledger’s father Kim in 2011, but had not kept in contact with the Ledger family, according to a Fairfax report.
Corr was also awarded $10,000 – funded by benefactors like Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman – to help pursue his craft.
“It does make me sad to hear that because we have enough problems with alcohol and drugs,” Kim Ledger told Fairfax.
“I have some empathy for what happens around that situation with families but very little empathy for people that put it in their own mouth,” he said.
Ledger, who is on the management committee of a West Australian drug rehabilitation organisation, personally mentors the winner each year, but had had little contact with Corr since 2011.
The Logie nominated actor was arrested by police on May 27 after he was allegedly found in a Bondi laneway smoking heroin and in possession of a freezer bag full of the drug.
A drug charge could potentially derail the actor’s career, with upcoming roles in a BBC series and a Sydney Theatre Company production.