Stars. They’re just like us! They even commit crimes like regular folks do. Remember, just because someone is famous, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not infamous. Case in point, here are ten celebs you might not know are criminals. From DUIs, to horrific assaults and even murder, you wouldn’t believe or might not remember that some of our favorite movie, television, sports, film and reality stars have spent anywhere from hours to years in the pokey. Just because someone is famous, doesn’t mean they don’t get charged with a crime. Or do they? While some celebs (actually quite a few) have gotten away with murder, not all have been able to get off so scot-free. Timing is everything and some of the celebs committed crimes as their stars were rising and others when they were shining brightly, but several happened after their stars had tragically fallen, tragically being the operative word.
10. Amy Locane
Amy Locane is best known for her role as a resident of Melrose Place. But, now she is known as a resident of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for women. In February 2013, she was sentenced to three years in prison after she was convicted of vehicular manslaughter. In 2010, Locane crashed her car, killing a 60 year old woman and severely injuring her husband. Her blood alcohol was 3 times legal limit for impairment. The family of the victim was not happy with her sentence and called it a travesty. Locane received the minimum possible sentence because the judge took into consideration that she has two young daughters, one of whom has Crohn’s Disease.
9. Laura Bush
In November 1963, former first Lady, Laura Bush ran a stop sign and collided with another car, killing 17 year old, Michael Dutton Douglas, who was coincidentally a friend of hers. There were even rumors that Dutton was at one time, her boyfriend. Bush was treated for minor injuries, as was the passenger in her car, Judy Dykes. Surprisingly, Bush was never charged with a crime. In her book, Spoken From The Heart she reflected on the incident, saying, “It was a very tragic accident that deeply affected the families and was very painful for all involved, including the community at large.”
8. Vince Neil
On December 8, 1984, Nicolas “Razzle” Dingley of the band, Hanoi Rocks was spending a day at the home of Motley Crue front man, Vince Neil in Redondo Beach, California, along with several other members of the band. After partying all day, Neil and Dingley drove to get more liquor from the liquor store when Neil lost control of the car, hitting an oncoming vehicle and killing his friend. Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. Neil’s blood alcohol level was 0.17, which was over the legal limit. Neil served half of a 30 day jail sentence, received five years probation and had to pay $2.6 million in restitution, as well as perform 200 hours of community service.
7. Mark Wahlberg
Before Mark Wahlberg was a famous actor, even before he was Markey Mark, he qualified as a criminal. In his youth, Wahlberg was in trouble over 20 times with the Boston Police Department for various crimes, including a racially motivated incident involving throwing rocks at black school children. When he was 16, he beat a middle aged Vietnamese man, knocking him unconscious in the middle of the street, using a wooden stick. He also attacked a different Vietnamese man on the same day and blinded him in one eye. Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, but ended up pleading guilty to assault. Mark was sentenced to two years in the Suffolk County Deer Island House of Correction, but only served 45 days of his sentence.
Before Jay-Z, whose real name is Sean Corey Carter, became one of the biggest and most important musicians in the world, as well as Beyoncé Knowles’ husband and father to Blue Ivy, he was a criminal. When he was 12, he shot his older brother Eric in the shoulder. He raps about the incident in the song, You Must Love Me from his second album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1: “Saw the devil in your eyes/High off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed.” He was never charged with a crime for the shooting. In 1999, Carter stabbed music producer, Lance “Un” Rivera outside of a nightclub, but ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to just three years probation.
5. Vanilla Ice
All right, stop, collaborate and listen, did you know that 90’s rap star, Vanilla Ice aka Robert Van Winkle, has been arrested twice for assaulting his wife, Laura Giaritta. He was first arrested in 2004 and pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to probation and to attend family therapy sessions. Four years later, he was arrested for domestic battery, after his wife called the police and said the rapper was hitting and kicking her. Why? She reportedly said: “He started yelling at me for going out to buy a bedroom set in front of my daughter.” No one has said the furniture set was white. The case was eventually dropped.
4. Lane Garrison
Lane Garrison is best known for his role on the show Prison Break, but his real life ended up imitating his art. In 2006, Garrison pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, as well as providing alcohol to a minor, after he drove with cocaine in his system with a blood alcohol level of .20, killing the passenger of his car. In May 2007, he was sentenced to 40 months in jail. Garrison was released in April 2009.
3. Khloe Kardashian
Even the Kardashians aren’t perfect. Khloe Kardashian was arrested on March 4th, 2007 for a DUI. But, she violated her probation by failing to enroll in an alcohol education class and complete roadside cleanup duty, as part of her community service. Kardashian faced 30 days in jail, but got lucky and only served a mere 3 hours, due to over crowding. Where did she serve those 3 hours? The infamous Lynwood jail, where Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan also did time.
2. O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson almost got away with the double murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. He was acquitted of that crime (but only in the criminal trial, in a separate civil trial, he was found responsible for both of their deaths), but he wasn’t completely invincible from the legal system. In 2008, Simpson was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, after attacking two sports memorabilia dealers and holding them at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room, in 2007. He may serve up to 33 years in a Nevada prison, but will be eligible for parole in 2017. Needless to say, the family of Ron Goldman feels that although it’s bittersweet, justice was finally served. At the end of the day, the juice finally got squeezed.
1. Matthew Broderick
In August 1987, when Matthew Broderick was vacationing in Ireland with his then girlfriend, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey (the couple started dating when filming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), when something awful happened. Driving a rented BMW, Broderick accidentally drove into the wrong lane (in Ireland, they drive on the left side of the road, with the steering wheel on the right side) and collided head on with a Volvo, killing Anna Gallagher, 28 and her mother Margaret Dorothy, 63 instantly. Broderick fractured his ribs and one leg, and had a concussion as well as a collapsed lung. Grey suffered severe whiplash and some other minor injuries. Broderick was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but the charges were reduced to carless driving, with a fine of $175. The victim’s family called it a travesty of justice.
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