Celebrities are always under the spotlight regardless of whether it’s on their highs or lows. However, some celebs have some quite shocking low points in their lives. Some of them were arrested for different charges and accusations like drug offenses, illegal possession of firearms and even assault. Which definitely resulted in having criminal records.
From A-list actors to top artists, the high life has surely kept some compelling stories hidden away somewhere all these years. Some celebrities appear to be clean but are in fact not as clean as one would expect. Here is a list of 10 celebrities who have criminal records that you may not know of.
Crime: Aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.
Known as one of Hollywood’s most phenomenal actor, it seems like Will Smith doesn’t have that squeaky clean image after all. The actor had a criminal record under his belt and was arrested for aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy way back in 1989. The assault was reportedly so severe that it almost blinded the victim. Smith has denied laying a finger on the victim and said that it was his personal bodyguard who did the assault. Whatever the truth might have been, the charges against Will Smith were eventually dropped.
Crime: Drug Possession
It is surprising to know that the highly sought after singer, songwriter, and music producer was arrested of ******* possession way back in 2010. Mars pleaded guilty and avoided trial. The court made him pay a fine of $2000 and ordered him to do a mandatory community service of 200 hours. He then did pay the fine and did his community service accordingly. In 2012, his felony conviction was dismissed by the courts.
Robert Downey Jr.
Crime: Drunk driving, drug possession, and possession of a firearm.
Next up is the multi-awarded actor and famously known today in his role as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. He has been arrested multiple times for drug possession of *******, ******, and ********* as well as possession of a Magnum revolver in 1996. The actor was sentenced to three years’ probation which he has violated terms later on for drug-related offenses. He was then sentenced to six months in prison.
Crime: Multiple Assault
The famous singer has been charged with assault after he attacked his famous ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. Not only that, but his aggressive behavior also led him to have other assault charges after allegedly punching his former manager Mike G. in the face. Chris Brown and his team still say a big NO to these accusations.
Who would have known that the king of hip-hop, Jay-Z, has the capability to stab a person? Way back in 1999, the rapper allowed his temper to get the best of him and stabbed a record producer named Lance Rivera on his stomach at a Manhattan listening party. Jay-Z was arrested for third-degree assault where he pleaded guilty of the charge. He was then sentenced to three years ‘probation.
Crime: Drug Possession
Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey was arrested way back in 1999 when his neighbors had enough of him and decided to call the police. He was caught while dancing naked and playing bongo drums in his West Austin home. Even though he was arrested for suspected possession of ********* and some drug paraphernalia, McConaughey was later charged only for resisting transportation, a misdemeanor crime. Fortunately for him, all charges that involved drugs were eventually dropped except for the noise complaint by his neighbors for which he was fined $50.
Crime: DUI and violation of probation
The “Fast and the Furious” star really likes to live fast and drive furiously as most of her criminal records are attached to DUI’s (driving under the influence) and violating probation. Rodriguez spent five days in prison in 2006 where she was found guilty for drunk driving where she bailed out with $500 fine. Again, for the violation of her probation in Los Angeles, she was sentenced to two months in prison and had to finish a 30-day alcohol rehabilitation program. She also did 30 days of community service. However, since the prison was overcrowded, she was released from prison the same day she entered.
Crime: initially charged with attempted murder
One of today’s hot and talented A-list actors, Mark Wahlberg was actually quite a hoodlum back in the day. His first encounter with the law was at the age of 15, where he was reportedly harassing a few African-American kids. He was then arrested for attempted murder at the age of 16 when he attacked two men which left one of them blind in one eye. The charge was later dropped to assault which resulted in a sentence of 2 years in jail. It is worth noting that he only served 45 days!
Crime: Drunk Driving
The Kardashian clan are always followed by the press. Unluckily for Khloe, this meant that the whole world knew about her drunk driving offense. She was arrested for DUI in 2007 and later reported in jail to serve time for violation of probation in 2008. The celebrity was sentenced of up to 30 days in jail and enrollment in an alcohol treatment program within three weeks upon her release. She was then released just after less three hours in jail due to overcrowding.
Crime: DUI, reckless driving, misdemeanor
The famous young singer-songwriter had several run-ins with the law. In 2012, he was accused of reckless driving in his neighborhood and was also charged with vandalism in Brazil in 2013. He was then arrested in Miami Beach, Florida in 2014 when he was suspected with DUI, driving with an over six-month expired license, and resisting arrest without violence. He was released from these charges on a $2,500 bond. However, a few months after, he was once again charged with one misdemeanor count of vandalism in California for throwing eggs at his Calabasas neighbor’s home. He was sentenced to pay $80,900 in restitution, serve two years of probation, complete twelve weeks of anger management, and five days of community service.
Criminals Are everywhere!
Criminals exist almost everywhere. Even with celebrities who live the high life, there are the ones who are proven guilty with a crime. Nowadays, it is better to arm yourself with information just in case you may encounter someone who has been in trouble with the law. You may now use online background checking services like this site, to check on people who you think could be a potential criminal.