Celebrities are in the spotlight for all to witness their highs, and their lows. And for some celebs, their lows really are quite shocking. From arrests for drug offences and possession of firearms, to charges of assault and attempted murder, some celebrities have had more than a ‘colourful’ past to say the least. Let’s take a look at 10 very famous celebrities that have been on the wrong side of the law…
#1 Mark Wahlberg
Crime: Initially charged with attempted murder.
Don’t let his angel face fool you, Wahlberg was quite the hoodlum back in the day. At the tender age of 16 he was arrested for attempted murder after attacking two men, leaving one blinded in one eye. The charge was later dropped to assault which resulted in a prison sentence of 2 years, although it should be noted he only served 45 days!
#2 Will Smith
Crime: Aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.
This Fresh Prince isn’t quite so squeaky clean with a criminal record under his belt for aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy. The assault in question was reportedly so severe that it almost resulted in the victim being blinded. Surprisingly, the charges were later dropped.
#3 Bill Gates
Crime: Speeding and driving without a valid license.
While as serious as Will Smith’s misadventures, Bill Gates was arrested twice for driving related offences both in 1975 and 1977.
The King of Hip Hop truly lives up to his bad boy image with an arrest for stabbing a record exec in his stomach after an argument in a nightclub. Pleading guilty to the charge of assault, Jay-Z was sentenced to three years’ probation.
#5 Tim Allen
Crime: Cocaine possession and drunk driving.
Tim Allen paid the price of having a staggering 650 grams of cocaine on him in 1978 by serving two and a half years in prison for the offence! Paying the price doesn’t mean learning a lesson, though, because in 1997 he was later arrested for driving while under the influence.
#6 Khloe Kardashian
Crime: Drink driving.
The Kardashian clan are never out of the press, but unfortunately for Khloe, this meant her drink driving offense was viewed by the whole world! Her misdemeanour earned her three years’ probation. (Khloe was later forced to serve 30 days in prison for breaking the terms of her probation, but was allowed out after 3 hours due to apparent over-crowding!)
#7 50 Cent (A.K.A Curtis Jackson)
Crime: Drug dealing, assault and battery.
50 Cent went from bad to worse, with a criminal record that includes pleading guilty to drug dealing (selling heroin and crack cocaine) at the age of 19 and then getting sentenced to two yeas’ probation for assault and battery in 2002.
#8 Bruno Mars
Crime: Drug possession
Bruno completed 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine in 2010. He also paid a $2,000 fine and successfully completed a drug counselling course.
#9 Robert Downey Jr.
Crime: Drunk driving, drug possession and possession of a firearm.
Robert has been arrested on several occasions for drug related offenses and for being in possession of a Magnum revolver in 1996. He was sentenced to three years’ probation, however, he later violated the terms of his probation, again for drug related offenses, and was sentenced to six months in prison.
#10 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
ABH stands for Actual Bodily Harm; rather a severe charge to have under your belt, especially as a celebrity! Cheryl was charged with racially aggravated assault after an altercation in a nightclub toilet with the bathroom attendant. The charge was later dropped to ABH and Cheryl was forced to complete 120 hours of community service.
Does any of this shock you? Personally, I was surprised to learn about Will Smith’s misdemeanours, and also to discover that Bill Gates has even been on the wrong side of the law! If you know of other celebs to add to the list, please add them in the comments section below!