According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly one in three American adults has a police record. All things considered, odds are that you are personally acquainted with at least a few people who have been arrested at some point in their lives, for one offense or another. And despite the obvious buffers provided by fame and fortune, some celebrities haven’t been able to escape the statistic.
Although notorious red-handed stars like OJ Simpson, R. Kelly et al may have largely managed to evade the law amid incriminating bodies of evidence, others went on to prove that stardom wasn’t exactly the Get Out of Jail Free Card they had hoped it would be.
You might be able to envision some of the not-so-lucky ones in the back of a police car with little difficulty, while others will probably leave you feeling like two distinct worlds have collided. These lesser-known celebrity criminals are inextricably associated with reputations either so snobbishly posh or glowing with wholesome modesty, you’ll have a hard time believing they ever broke bad, even in their younger years.
So keep reading; we’ve compiled a list of the top ten celebrities – along with unflattering mugshots – who went from limelight to crimelight and have the soiled police records to prove it.
10 Keanu Reeves – Drunk Driving
9 Bruno Mars – Cocaine Possession
8 Carmen Electra – Battery
7 Will Smith – Aggravated Assault
6 Hugh Grant – Lewd Conduct
5 Jay Z – Assault
4 Tim Allen – Drug Trafficking
3 Heather Locklear – Hit and Run
2 Haley Joel Osment – Drunk Driving
1 Mel Gibson – Drunk Driving
Academy award-winning actor-director Mel Gibson was arrested in 2006 in Malibu for driving drunk and for driving with an open alcohol container in the vehicle. The incident made headlines after an inebriated Gibson pushed his luck even further by making anti-Semitic remarks directed at the arresting deputy, James Mee. According to authorities, the actor asked whether Mee was a Jew, and then began a colorful rant. “F*cking Jews! The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” For good measure, Gibson also allegedly called a female officer at the police station ‘sugartits’ during his booking. He was sentenced to three years probation.
Sources: wsj.com, huffington.com, dailymail.co.uk, theguardian.com, billboard.com, cnn.com, people.com
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