Celebrities Who Committed Major Crimes (But Got Off Easy)

Celebrities are people just like us, and while there are many famous individuals who are fine upstanding citizens and would never dream of committing a crime, there are plenty of others who think they are above the law.

In fact, there are so many celebrity criminals it is hard to choose just 10 of the worst. For that reason, this list excludes people like Mike Tyson and the accusations of rape that were leveled at him or O.J. Simpson who, well… you probably know all about the O.J. case.

You won’t find any simple drug possession, soliciting prostitutes, or shoplifting here, either. The crimes that follow nearly all feature a loss of life, some in absolutely horrific circumstances.

10. Sid Vicious Lived Up To His Name

Sid Vicious, bassist and vocalist with The Sex Pistols, was charged with murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, in a frenzied knife attack. Vicious admitted to stabbing Spungen, but claimed he didn’t mean to kill her.

Although it is widely believed he was guilty, he never faced a courtroom for his crime. While out on bail for Nancy’s murder, Sid died of a drug overdose

9. A Small Price For A Young Life

Jorge Cruz Jr. was struck by a car driven by actress Rebecca Gayheart as he crossed the road in Los Angeles. She swerved around cars who had stopped for the boy to cross and later admitted to being on her cell phone at the time of the impact.

Gayheart served no prison time, but was given three-year probation, a one-year suspension of her driving license, a $2,800 fine and 750 hours community service for vehicular manslaughter.

Gayheart is just one of the celebrities on the list who killed with their cars. Can you guess who else is here?

8. An Action Star Who Knew How To Fight Early On

Mark Wahlberg was only 16 when he was charged with one count of assault and one count of attempted murder for two separate incidents that occurred on the same day.

Both victims were Vietnamese men, one of whom was beaten unconscious and the other who lost the sight in one eye.

7. You Would Not Want Him Near Your Children

Jeffrey Jones, the principal who was desperate to catch Ferris Bueller in the act on his day off, would not be anyone’s choice for a principal in real life. 

In 2002, Jones was convicted of possessing child pornography and soliciting a boy aged 14 to pose for naked photos. 

He is now a registered sex offender and has twice been arrested for failing to update his sex offender status when he moved home.

6. Some Repeat Offenders Are Still Not Convicted

R. Kelly has repeatedly been investigated for having sexual relations with underage girls. First, he had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl when he was 24. Then he married his manager’s niece when she was 15, and he was 28.

Finally, there was the infamous sex-tape case where he was acquitted because jurors were unsure of the identity of the girl on tape, who was allegedly 14 at the time.