Stephanie Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi’s teenage daughter, was arrested at her college on Wednesday morning – after allegedly overdosing on heroin.
Police in Upstate New York responded to a call that Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, 19, was unresponsive in her dorm room at Hamilton College – a well respected, $55,000-a-year liberal arts institution in Kirkland.
Stephanie is understood to have received medical treatment and is set to be released from hospital at some point on Wednesday.
Cops and a volunteer ambulance squad were called to the scene at 1.51am, according to People.com.
The room was searched and a “small quantity” of heroin along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found, according to the Town of Kirkland Police Department.
Stephanie Bongiovi – also an aspiring model – was arrested and charged on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance possession of marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia, police say.
She has since been released from custody and ordered to appear in court at a later date on the misdemeanor charges, TMZ reports.
Police also arrested and charged 21-year-old student Ian S. Grant on suspicion of drug possession, who like Stephanie Bongiovi, is from Red Bank, New Jersey, People reports.
Hamilton College has released a statement, saying it is co-operating with the police investigation – but would not say what action it will be taking against Stephanie Bongiovi.
It says say the “alleged actions” not only violate state law, but also contravene college policy – stressing the primary concern is with “the safety of our students”.
The statement, obtained by WKTV, reads: “The college is cooperating with the police investigation.
“Our first concern is always for the safety of our students. Out of respect for the privacy of our students and in accordance with federal regulations we do not discuss individual health or disciplinary matters.”
Stephanie Bongiovi is Jon Bon Jovi’s only daughter and the oldest of his four children, who he shares with wife Dorothea Hurley.
The news will no doubt come as a huge blow to Jon Bon Jovi, 50, who these days prides himself on his family-man reputation.
Jon Bon Jovi has been married to Dorothea Hurley – his childhood sweetheart – for 23 years and is regarded as having one of the strongest marriages in Hollywood.
He has admitted to dabbling in drugs himself in the past – but says he “wised up quickly”.
In a 2007 interview with Best Life magazine, Jon Bon Jovi confessed: “I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much.
“I’ve never been a drug guy. I’ve always felt I didn’t have the mental stability to handle drugs.”