Celebrities sometimes find themselves in sticky situations just like the rest of us. The only difference is that their punishment is often times not as severe as the public’s would be. Most of the time, celebrities end up having to serve time on probation and pay fines so light, they would not even flinch. Unfortunately, if the unlucky celebrities have been invited to spend time in a detention facility, they end up having to serve a jail time of a mere 1 day. But they should not even worry about that! Often, they are released after barely an hour! When a celebrity commits a crime involving someone not in the public eye, the sentence of the commoner is considerably harsher. It is as though they live in an alternate reality. Judges should know that slight slaps on the wrists prove ineffective when dealing with reoffending celebrities. We only need to look at Lindsay Lohan, Robert Downey Jr., Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton. Other celebrities come into the spotlight with a background in the criminal system, like Kid Rock. Perhaps some stars see it as a complimentary way of publicity. And maybe others are looking for a new idea for their next hit album. As they say in Hollywood, there is no such thing as bad publicity!
10 Kid Rock fights at Waffle House
Kid Rock got himself into trouble at a chain restaurant in October of 2007. He got into a fist fight at a Waffle House restaurant. The 5 time Grammy winner and five people from his entourage were arrested and each was charged with battery. Kid Rock had to complete 30 hours of community service, pay a $1000 fine and attend 6 hours of anger management classes. This was not his first run in with the law. In the same year, he was arrested for assaulting Tommy Lee at the Video Music Awards and pleaded guilty. In 2005, he assaulted a DJ in a strip club and in 1991 and 1997, he was arrested with alcohol related charges.
9 Jay Z arrested for Stabbing a Record Company Executive
On December 1, 1999 one of the world’s most successful rappers was arrested for stabbing a record label executive at a New York City nightclub. Jay Z believed that the executive Lance ‘Un’ Rivera was behind the bootlegging of the album Vol. 3. He reportedly stabbed him at the release party of Q-Tip’s album that took place at the Kit Kat Klub, a former nightclub located in Times Square. Jay Z’s associates were accused of having caused a commotion in the club. The record executive was stabbed in the stomach by a 5 inch blade. Jay Z surrendered to the police but was released on $50 000 bail. When indicted in the Manhattan Criminal Court, he plead not guilty since he had video evidence showing that he was not near the victim at the time of the stabbing. He did plead guilty however to misdemeanour charges and was punished with a 3 year probation period. Jay Z has sold more than 75 million records, been the recipient of 17 Grammy awards and co created the clothing line Rocawear.
8 Hugh Grant arrested for hiring an escort
The handsome Hugh Grant got himself into trouble when he paid for an escort in June of 1995. According to Mail Online; Grant apparently flashed his BMW lights at Divine Brown, the escort, who having understood the sign, went into a side street to meet him. Her fee of $100 was too steep for Grant who only happened to have $60 on him, and so the luxury automobile was deemed acceptable for the deed.
The police’s suspicions were aroused when the brake lights from his car, caused by Grant repeatedly pressing on the brake pedal, kept flashing. He was stopped near Sunset Boulevard and arrested for misdemeanor lewd conduct in a public place. His punishment entailed 2 years of probation, a fine of $ 1180 and a mandatory AIDS education class. Divine Brown also had to attend a mandatory AIDS education class, pay a $ 1150 fine, had to complete 5 days of community service and serve 180 days in jail!
7 Matthew McConaughey charged with possession of marijuana
In 1999, when Matthew McConaughey’s neighbours complained to the police about noise, they did not know they would be making headlines in the celebrity world. The police arrived and saw McConaughey through the window playing bangos naked! Upon entering, the police found drugs in his home. He was charged for possession of marijuana. Luckily, he has not gotten into trouble with the law since. McConaughey is famous for his movies The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch, and most recently Dallas Buyers Club.
6 Robert Downey Jr. arrested as serial offender
Downey Jr.'s first arrest was in 1996 with charges of drunk driving and possession of marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroine, a Magnum revolver and the kitchen sink. This resulted in 3 years of probation. After he failed to show up at the California Substance Abuse Facility as part of his sentence, he was sent to jail for 6 months for violating his parole. In 2000, he was arrested for cocaine possession when police found him wandering barefoot in Culver City near Los Angeles. Shortly after, in 2001, he was arrested for being under the influence of hard drugs at the Merv Griffin Hotel. Police were responding to an anonymous 911 call. He has since been diagnosed with bipolar disease.
5 Winona Ryder arrested for grand theft
Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting $5500 worth of clothes and accessories from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. She was found guilty and convicted of grand theft and vandalism. Her sentence included 3 years of probation, 480 hours of community service and a $3700 fine. She also had to pay restitution fees to Saks Fifth Ave costing her an additional $6355. She was ordered to attend psychological and drug counselling. She has 4 felony charges against her.
4 Lindsay Lohan arrested for DUI
On July 24, 2007, Lohan engaged in a heated debate with her former assistant in a Santa Monica parking lot. This caught people’s attention and the police were called. Lohan was pulled over, her blood alcohol level was above legal limits and cocaine was found on her person. She pleaded guilty against her DUI and cocaine possession charges. She spent a day in jail, had to complete 10 days of community service and endure 3 years on probation. But lucky her, she was released from her jail sentence after only 84 minutes! When she violated her parole, she was then sent to jail for 13 days, 23 days in a rehab facility and 18 months of alcohol education classes.
3 James Brown arrested after high speed car chase
In Augusta, Georgia in 1988, James Brown walked into an insurance seminar that happened to take place next to his office. He was flailing a shotgun and demanded to know who has used his private bathroom. He locked the bathroom then fled. The police chased him to South Carolina and back before shooting out his tires and ending the high speed chase. He was convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison but was paroled 3 years later. In 2000, he acted up again, this time charging at an electric company repairman with a steak knife! What was the South Carolina Department of Probation thinking when they pardoned him??
2 Nicole Richie arrested for possession of drugs
In February of 2003, Nicole Richie was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and driving with a suspended license. In December of 2006, she was arrested again for failing a field sobriety test administered by the California Highway Patrol. Witnesses say they saw Richie enter the freeway from the exit ramp and drive in the wrong direction. Luckily, she did not cause an accident or injure anyone. She was sentenced to 4 days in jail but served only 82 minutes.
1 Paris Hilton arrested for consecutive DUIs
No list of celebrity criminals would be complete without Paris Hilton. Hilton is a serial offender. She was first arrested in September 2006 and charged with a DUI with a 0.08% blood alcohol level. This led to a suspended license, 36 months probation and $1500 fine. Within six months, she was pulled over for driving with a suspended license. Surely enough , the next month, she got pulled over for driving 70mph in a 30 mph zone with a suspended license. The third strike resulted in a 45 day jail sentence. She checked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in June 2007 only to be released 2 days later on grounds of an unspecified medical condition. She was re-sentenced to 40 days of home confinement in her massive mansion with an electronic monitoring device attached to her ankle. Since then, she has been arrested in suspicion of cocaine possession with a punishment of 1 year on probation, a $2000 fine, drug education classes and 200 hours of community service.