These celebrities have all failed the basic test of behaving decently at least once as they pursued the public’s affection and on-screen dollars. These are seriously crazy criminal records that they’ve built.
We’re not sure how you’ll feel about these superstars when you find out what they’re really like. Do they deserve another chance or is this just too much?
Jazy-Z’s offense came back when he was a nobody. Young rap stars have always needed to be “bad” to get attention, and Jay-Z stabbed a record company representative in the stomach during a ruckus in a nightclub. Jay-Z got 3 years on probation for his actions, and the big time was just around the corner.
11. Keanu Reeves
The star of The Matrix and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure has had a few adventures of his own. Back in 1993, his celebrity went to his head and so did the drink – he was busted for being drunk under the influence of alcohol. He’s kept his nose clean ever since, though.
10. Robert Downey Jr.
Back before his Iron Man days, Robert Downey Jr. was pretty much a regular visitor to his local police station. He was arrested 6 times for offenses relating to his drug and alcohol problems and famously was fired from working on the TV show Ally McBeal for being such a disaster.
9. Tim Allen
Tim Allen is one of the nation’s most popular comic talents, but back in the 1970s, he almost went down for life for dealing cocaine. He cut a deal to save himself from the slammer, and ended up doing only two years in the cells. He would go on to star in Home Improvement, the biggest comedy success of its time.
8. Bill Gates
You really wouldn’t have believed that squeaky clean and somewhat dull Bill Gates would have managed to get arrested, would you? In fact, it happened twice. Both times it was for driving without a license and another traffic offense. Today, we’re pretty certain that the billionaire can afford a driver.
7. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson’s behavior during his drinking phase was absolutely shocking. He has fought with loved ones, racially abused people and been caught DUI so often that they should have taken his car keys away permanently. He seems to have reformed now, but his star has never really recovered from the fall.
6. Will Smith
No way! Will Smith?! Of all the stars on our list, this may be the most jaw-dropping revelation. Will Smith is the cleanest cut, best-presented man in film, but what did he do? Well, he nearly blinded another guy in a fight. The charges went away though and he has stayed out of trouble since.
5. Mark Whalberg
Mark Wahlberg had some serious issues with controlling his temper. He beat two men so badly that one of them was nearly blinded and he was charged with attempted murder. Fortunately for him, this was negotiated down to an assault charge and he served 45 days in prison for it.
4. Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey was arrested and charged with possessing drugs and associated paraphernalia. He was also dancing outside his home naked when he was picked up. Fortunately, the arrest wasn’t sound, and he had the charges dropped. Though, he was fined a huge sum of $50 for a noise violation.
Rap stars are always in trouble with the law, and while Eminem’s lyrics show a certain intelligence not always found in that musical scene, he was still arrested for concealing a weapon and committing assault. He alleges his victim had been hitting on his wife, but it still seems extreme to pull a gun on him.
2. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay looked like she was going to become a career criminal at one point. She racked up an impressive five arrests for drinking and drug related offenses. She even got herself arrested whilst wearing an electronic monitoring device because of previous convictions. She also served the shortest sentence of all time: 84 minutes for cocaine possession.
1. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton, whose real claim to fame is being born wealthy, looks like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. But in fact, she’s been arrested for DUI and then lost her license. This persuaded her to keep driving and she was arrested twice before serving 22 days in prison for driving without a license.
It could happen to any of us, right? You’re just minding your own business and then boom! You’ve nearly blinded someone in a fight or driven multiple times without a license, right?
Yeah, no. That’s how we feel about it. The disappointing thing is not that these people made mistakes or that they were arrested for those mistakes, it’s the paltry price most of these celebrities paid for breaking the law.
Do you think that they will have exploited their status to get away with soft sentences or is that the norm for these for offenses?