Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson sent his troubled son Chet Hanks on a tour of a maximum-security prison while the Hollywood heir was in high school, but that didn't stop Chet, now 24, from continuing addiction-fueled downward spiral, a new report has revealed.
Chet with his parents, Tom and Rita. (Photo Credit: Getty)
“They tried to scare him straight,” says a source via Radar Online. “They told Chet, ‘This is where you’re ending up!’ But Chet didn’t take the jail visit seriously: he just kept getting high!”
Chet revealed in the past he struggled with substance abuse from age 16, and completed a rehab stint last fall. The source alleged he ran into problems during his time at L.A.’s Harvard-Westlake School, when he started experimenting with alcohol and marijuana.
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“Then he got into harder stuff,” says the friend. “Chet wasn’t the nice kid anymore — he was becoming someone else.”
Chet’s problems grew worse when he went onto Northwestern University, where he tried his hand at street rapping under the name Chet Haze. Earlier this month he ran into legal trouble in the U.K. for trashing a hotel room.
Tom is not only worried for Chet, but also his 58-year-old wife.
“Tom’s especially upset because of the stress on Rita, who is recovering from a double mastectomy [in April],” the source continued. “They have all the money and fame in the world, yet they don’t have one day of peace.”