Have you ever messed up your life so badly that you think you’ll never recover from your mistakes? Do you look at your favorite celebrity and wonder how you could be more like them? Do your favorite celebrities seem so perfect in your mind that you can’t see them doing much of anything wrong let alone getting into trouble with the law? While it would be great if success equaled immunity from poor choices the truth is that no one goes through life without making mistakes from time to time. While most of us have the convenience of screwing up without an audience of millions of people judging and questioning our actions, celebrities unfortunately have to walk through their trials in the spotlight.
These fifteen celebrities have had widely successful careers, some that came after their criminal incidents, others who went through a rough patch with the law after they found success in their careers. While some of these beloved celebrities have been falsely accused and later removed from blame for their accused crimes, others have serious criminal records that may make you question how much you really know about your favorite celebrities. From robbery charges, assault, burglary, DUI, and even attempted murder, these fifteen celebs have all committed or been accused of crimes at one point in time, if not repeatedly. What their struggles show us is that celebrities are in fact human who make mistakes (and are not above the law), and that with the right amount of determination, anyone can overcome a dark past.
15 Michelle Rodriguez - DUI
14 Will Smith - Assault
13 Woody Harrelson - Disturbing the Peace
12 Amanda Bynes - Reckless Endangerment
11 Jane Fonda - "Drug Smuggling"
10 Vanilla Ice - Burglary
9 Shia LaBeouf - Public Intoxication
8 Tim Allen - Drug Possession
7 Orlando Brown - Assault
6 Khloe Kardashian - DUI
5 Mark Wahlberg - Aggravated Assault
4 50 Cent - Packing Heat
3 Robert Downey Jr. - Drug Use
2 Lauryn Hill - Tax Evasion
1 Piper Kerman - Drug Smuggling
If seeing this name makes you think of Piper from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, it’s for good reason. Piper Kerman may not have been a celebrity years ago, but today, she’s known for her 2010 breakout biography Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. With the success of the book, Netflix turned Kerman’s story into the hit series. As Publishers Weekly noted in their synopsis of the Orange is the New Black, the real piper was was sent to prison for her involvement in a drug smuggling ring and money laundering.
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