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10 Celebrities Who Were Forgiven For Their Horrible Acts

Chris Brown, Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan and Jesse James all have one thing in common. They have all done terrible things and the world has not forgotten what they have done, yet. There will come a time when people will probably forget that Chris beat Rihanna, that Mel was a racist, that Lindsay lived in rehab and that Jesse cheated on Sandra Bullock, but that time is not now. One day, they might be adored again. The following celebrities prove that famous people can do terrible things and eventually, people will forget and forgive. Here are ten horrible things famous people have done that we have forgiven or forgotten.

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10 Charles S. Dutton

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Sixty-three year old actor, Charles S. Dutton has starred in films like Rudy, A Time To Kill, Gothika and Alien 3. Although he has one-hundred and eight actor credits under his belt, Dutton has a very dark past. At the age of seventeen, he got into a fight and it resulted in the death of the other man involved. Dutton was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years in prison. After his release, Charles was arrested again for possession of a deadly weapon and was sentenced to another three years in prison. While incarcerated, Dutton found his love for plays and started a drama group with other prison inmates. He then obtained his GED and a two year degree while serving time. After he was released from prison a second time, he attended Towson University and received his Bachelor's degree in Drama. Dutton went on to earn his Master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. After making it in Hollywood, his manslaughter conviction has long been forgotten.

9 Robert Downey Jr.

Most know forty-nine year old actor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, but there was a time when Robert wasn't much of a hero to anyone. From 1996 to 2001, Robert Downey Jr. faced a number of arrests in relation to his drug abuse. Robert was arrested for use and possession of cocaine, heroine and marijuana six times in that five year period. In 1997, he was sentenced to four months in jail for missing a court ordered drug test. In 1999, he was sentenced to three years in prison, but only served one year. In 2001, he was sentenced to three years probation and was sent to a drug rehabilitation center for a fourth and final time. After five years of battling a drug addiction, which Robert Downey Jr. stated actually started at the age of six, Robert turned his life around. He made a career comeback and was able to captivate America's hearts once again.

8 Matthew Broderick

7 Tim Allen

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6 Laura Bush

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Laura Bush, the wife of the 43rd U.S. President, George Bush was not always known for being the First Lady. Laura Bush was born, Laura Welch and in 1963, Ms. Welch's inattentive driving was the cause of a fatal accident. On the night of November 6, 1963, Laura ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The driver, Michael Dutton Douglas, a fellow classmate of Laura's died as a result of the collision. Seventeen year old Laura and her passenger suffered minor injuries from the accident. Laura Welch was never charged in relation to the accident.

5 Elvis Presley

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4 Eric Clapton

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3 Vince Neil

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2 Rebecca Gayheart

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Rebecca Gayheart is an actress and is best known for her roles in Urban Legend and Jawbreaker. She has been married to actor, Eric Dane since 2004 and they have two daughters together. On June 13, 2001, Rebecca's vehicle struck nine year old, Jorge Cruz Jr. when he was crossing a Los Angeles street after school. Reports indicate that several cars in front of Rebecca stopped to let the boy cross, Rebecca went into the left lane passing the cars and accidentally ran over the third grader. The young boy died the next day from his injuries and Gayheart was charged with vehicular manslaughter. In November 2001, Rebecca was sentenced to three years probation, a $2800 fine, 750 hours of community service and her license was suspended for one year.  Rebecca paid for the young boy's funeral and settled a suit out of court with the family for the wrongful death of Jorge Cruz Jr.

1 Sean Penn

Sean Penn, an American actor, screenwriter and director is best known for his Academy Award winning roles in the films, Milk and Mystic River. Penn married the 'Queen of Pop,' Madonna in 1985 and there was nothing mystical about that four year marriage. In June 1987, Madonna went to the hospital after being struck in the head with a baseball bat by Sean. She did not file a report against him, because Penn was already set to serve time for attacking a film extra. The couple were constantly fighting throughout their entire relationship. On December 28, 1989, Sean broke into Madonna's Malibu house, where she was home alone. Madonna attempted to leave, but Sean reportedly tied her up to a chair with twine and an electrical cord. Penn verbally and physically abused her for hours, while taking swigs of liquor out of a bottle. He left the house to get more alcohol and returned a little while later to continue the abuse. After a total of nine hours, Penn untied Madonna after she agreed to perform a sexual act on him. She fled the house to her vehicle and locked herself in the car, while calling the police. Sean banged on the windows of her vehicle, until she drove away. Madonna filed for divorce a week later and withdrew the assault charges against Sean Penn.

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