Celebrities are often in the public eye for their glamorous lifestyles and achievements, but sometimes they make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Many celebrities have found themselves on the wrong side of the law, with arrests and convictions for various crimes. In this list, we will explore 15 celebrities who have been arrested and the crimes they committed.
1. Justin Bieber – DUI
Canadian singer Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach in 2014 for driving under the influence. He was also charged with resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Bieber pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service and anger management classes.
2. Lindsay Lohan – DUI and Theft
Actress Lindsay Lohan has had multiple run-ins with the law, including arrests for DUI and theft. In 2007, she was arrested for DUI and cocaine possession, and in 2011, she was accused of stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. Lohan has faced several legal consequences, including probation and community service.
3. Chris Brown – Assault
R&B singer Chris Brown has been arrested multiple times for various crimes, including assault. In 2009, he was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. Brown has also been arrested for assault on multiple other occasions and has faced legal consequences, including community service and probation.
4. Martha Stewart – Insider Trading
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart was arrested in 2004 for insider trading. She was accused of receiving non-public information about a biotech company and selling her shares before the information became public. Stewart was convicted and sentenced to five months in prison and two years of supervised release.
5. Bill Cosby – Sexual Assault
Comedian Bill Cosby has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault over the years, leading to his arrest in 2015. He was charged with sexual assault against Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University. Cosby was convicted and sentenced to three to ten years in prison.
6. Paris Hilton – DUI
Socialite Paris Hilton was arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence. She pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years’ probation, alcohol education classes, and 45 days in jail, although she only served 23 days due to overcrowding.
7. Robert Downey Jr. – Drug Possession
Actor Robert Downey Jr. has had a troubled history with drug addiction and multiple arrests for drug possession. In 1996, he was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded handgun. Downey Jr. has faced legal consequences, including probation and multiple stints in rehab.
8. O.J. Simpson – Murder
Former football player O.J. Simpson was famously arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Although he was acquitted of the charges in criminal court, he was found liable in a civil suit and was ordered to pay millions in damages.
9. Winona Ryder – Shoplifting
Actress Winona Ryder was arrested in 2001 for shoplifting from a Saks Fifth Avenue store. She was accused of stealing over $5,000 worth of merchandise and was charged with grand theft and vandalism. Ryder pleaded not guilty but was convicted of grand theft and vandalism and sentenced to community service and probation.
10. Robert Blake – Murder
Actor Robert Blake was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, in 2002. He was acquitted of the charges in criminal court, but a civil court found him responsible for her death and ordered him to pay millions in damages.
11. Mel Gibson – DUI and Hate Speech
Actor Mel Gibson was arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence and was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting officer. Gibson pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation, alcohol education classes, and community service. He also publicly apologized for his behavior and sought therapy for alcoholism.
12. Mark Wahlberg – Assault
Actor Mark Wahlberg has had a troubled past, including multiple arrests for assault. In 1988, he was arrested and charged with attempted murder for attacking two Vietnamese men while using racial slurs. Wahlberg pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to two years in prison but served only 45 days.
13. Charlie Sheen – Domestic Violence
Actor Charlie Sheen has had several run-ins with the law, including arrests for domestic violence. In 2009, he was arrested for assaulting his then-wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen has also faced legal consequences for drug and alcohol-related offenses.
14. Snoop Dogg – Drug Possession
Rapper Snoop Dogg has been arrested multiple times for drug-related offenses, including possession of marijuana. In 1998, he was arrested for possession of a firearm and drugs after a shooting incident. Snoop Dogg has faced legal consequences, including community service and probation.
15. Mike Tyson – Rape
Former boxer Mike Tyson was arrested and convicted of rape in 1992. He was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant in his hotel room. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison, although he was released after serving three years.
Celebrities may be famous for their talents and achievements, but they are not immune to the law. Many celebrities have faced legal consequences for their actions, ranging from drug and alcohol-related offenses to more serious crimes like assault and murder. While some have faced severe consequences like imprisonment and hefty fines, others have managed to escape with relatively light punishments.