They’re powerful, beautiful, and seem to have it all, including the ability to strike fear in the hearts of those around them. And, no it has nothing to do with the fact that they’re worth millions of dollars and come armed with bodyguards.
Some Hollywood heavyweights you should be scared of simply because of who their friends are. There are quite a few who have friendships with notorious crime lords. Unfortunately, it’s true. As they say, ‘be careful of the company that you keep’ because even Hollywood has faced the consequences when those relationships didn’t end well even when they were close friends or dating.
Other celebrities scare the living daylights out of us for their sheer bursts of anger or the number of times that they’ve been able to slip away from the law. It’s even more disturbing when you see that some have seen wild success after their trials and court appearances. Of course, there is always that other side, where all it takes is one altercation with the law for a celebrity to turn away from their wild partying ways and issue an apology on Twitter. Or all it takes is one altercation for their lives to spiral down that dark hole of bankruptcy and jail.
Whatever their stories, these celebs make for interesting news and life lessons. They also make a great list of celebs to be extra nice to in case you ever bump into them in New York or a restaurant bathroom. After all, we all want to avoid ending up at the bottom of the Hudson River.
15 Carmen Electra The Babe Who Beat Up Basketball Players
And, just because we couldn’t forget about the time that Carmen Electra was married to Dennis Rodman, we decided to add her to this list. She was the Baywatch babe and he was the bad boy basketball player whom she saw as a ‘gentle giant’. The two married in 1998 and divorced a year later. Yet, within that time frame, they managed to have a relationship that became infamous for how bizarre it was. She was arrested in 1999 for assault. To be fair, they were assaulting one another. Yet, she was the one who got a mug shot and Dennis was the one with a ripped shirt and nail scratches. “Our relationship was very passionate so when it was good, it was amazing and when it was bad, it was the worst,” is all that Carmen has been willing to say about that incident.
14 Wu-Tang Clan Wanted By The FBI
Law enforcement has been keeping a close eye on gangsta rap music for decades. Prior to that, it was the guitars of Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles that set the FBI off. Yet, few artists have received as much attention from the FBI as the Wu-Tang Clan. From 1999-2004, The FBI and the New York Police Department put together a list of federal crimes against the Wu-Tang Clan. They were never charged, but the 95-page file labeled the rap group as a ‘major criminal organization’. So, what was their crime? Laundering drug money. A special violent-crime task force, Squad C-30 was even involved to keep an eye on the WTC. The file was eventually closed in 2004, only to be reopened in 2015 when two Staten Island drug lords were convicted of the murders that were originally linked to RZA and Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan.
13 Robert De Niro Is A Real Life Gangster
De Niro is a heavyweight in Hollywood who takes his job seriously, so seriously in fact that he prepped for his role as the fictitious gangster Paul Vitti in Analyze This by hanging out with Anthony ‘Fat Andy’ Ruggiano from the Gambino family. Clearly, a mobster notorious for his murderous past doesn’t phase De Niro one bit. Even Vitti’s son, Anthony Jr. was scared of his father and testified against him linking his father to seven different murders in New York City, “He killed somebody with a fellow named Joe, he killed a florist… he killed three people in a warehouse that was robbing crap games, he killed somebody with me… and then this guy.” We only wonder how many other mob heavyweights De Niro has rubbed elbows with considering that he’s been playing gangsters since 1974’s The Godfather Part II.
12 Marilyn Monroe Spent Her Last Night With The Mafia
Despite being one of the biggest stars to ever grace the silver screen, Marilyn Monroe never got her happy ending. Instead, she got a death that is still shrouded in mystery. The story of her last night goes something like this. The actress took Frank Sinatra’s private jet to a Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. There she met Mafia boss, Sam Giancana, whom she was in love with at the time. Even so, Marilyn was having an affair with President John F Kennedy and she was about to go public about that relationship, which Giancana was not happy about. He was trying to convince her it was a bad idea. She flew to Los Angeles in the morning and she is said to have committed suicide. This news came out a month before her close friend and hair stylist, George Masters, passed away in 1998.
11 Snoop Dogg, Murder Was The Case They Gave Him
Before he became home-making besties with Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg was a 20-year-old rapper facing manslaughter charges. Snoop; whose real name is Calvin Broadus faced the charges along with his former bodyguard in February 1996 for allegedly shooting Philip Woldermariam, a gang member in Los Angeles. He was found not guilty on all charges and the case was dropped. Shortly afterward he released his first album, ‘Doggystyle’, which soared to the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart along with his hit song, ‘Murder was the Case They Gave Me’. Several years later, Snoop was again in court, paying a $1,000 fine for possession of a handgun in his car. Snoop’s entourage has also caused trouble for the rapper, whose antics and criminal records have prevented him from being allowed in the UK, Australia, and Norway.
10 Angelina Jolie Has Hitmen On Speed Dial
Angelina Jolie is always ready to give the media a tasty tidbit of controversial news. Yet, out of all of her weird confessions – vials of blood, a knife collection, dreams of becoming a funeral director, and more – the one about the hitman was the most disturbing. She told IMDb that she went through a ‘bleak time’ in her life and considered hiring a hitman to kill her. “I was going to hire somebody to kill me. The person spoke very sweetly to me, he made me think about it for a month.” Yet, no one seemed disturbed that Angelina, a major Hollywood actress, just happened to have the number to a hitman. Seriously, does Hollywood work like a mafia ring, because if it is, Angelina, we’re scared of you.
9 Mark Walberg Blinded A Man
Marky Mark isn’t acting; he was a true bad boy. He had around 20 different altercations with the law for dealing and other minor offenses all before he turned 18 years old. Yet, it was an altercation with two Vietnamese men that landed in him in court at the age of 16 for attempted murder. According to court documents, the attack happened in Boston on April 8, 1998, with Wahlberg knocking over Thanh Lam unconscious with a stick and punching the other guy. He also made several racial statements and was noted to be intoxicated. Wahlberg’s charges were later dropped and served 45 days in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, for one of the men who was attacked, he walked away blind in his left eye. The incident inspired Wahlberg to turn his life around and seriously pursue a career instead of picking fights.
8 Flavor Flav Public Enemy Since 1991
He was Public Enemy #1 as a member of the hip-hop group bearing the name. However, the rapper has literally been a public enemy for decades, racking up a list of charges and offenses. One of his first charges was a 30-day stint in jail for assaulting his then-girlfriend in 1991. Two years later he was in prison for the attempted murder of his neighbor. This time it was 90 days in jail for shooting his neighbor. Later in 1995 Flavor Flav spent 60 days in jail for possession of a weapon. He managed to avoid law enforcement for a while until he spent two months in prison in 2002 for several driving violations. Then in 2011, he was arrested for more driving offenses, felony charges, and domestic abuse. Last, but not least, in 2015, at 56, the rapper was charged with possession, and driving under the influence.
7 Elizabeth Hurley Dated A Mafia Boss
You can’t hide from the paparazzi, and when Elizabeth Hurley was strolling around Beverly Hills in 2001 with Dominic ‘Donnie Shacks’ Montemarano the press took notice. He’s the alleged captain of the Colombo crime family and served 11 years in prison for racketeering. She’s a model turned actress who rose to fame for her role as a sexy devil in the 2000 film Bedazzled. Maybe, the two met after his release from prison in 1997 when he began investing in films and she split from her long-term boyfriend Hugh Grant? Neither confirmed their romance or even knowing each other, but pictures and dinner reservations don’t lie. So, it’s safe to say that Hurley is one Hollywood actress you don’t want to mess with, because let’s face it, we all know what those black trash bags at the bottom of rivers are.
6 Will Smith Blinded A Man Too
Before Will Smith was a Hollywood A-lister and considered to be one of the nicest actors around, he was a young kid blinding people in fights just like Marky Mark. It was 1989 and Will was a 20-year-old charged with assault against record promoter Williams Hendricks. Smith had just won a Grammy and reportedly told his bodyguard to attack Hendricks who was left with stitches and a fractured left eye. There isn’t much more that is known and the charges were later dropped. According to a source, that one night in jail was one of the worst days in the actor’s life and it’s a night that he wants to completely forget. Considering that Smith’s a heavily nominated actor and rapper with a list of accomplishments over his 30-year long career, we can understand why he’d want to forget this night.
5 Steven Seagal, Muscled By The Mob
Refuse to make movies with the mafia and you might just be shoved into the trunk of a car and forced to cough up $700,000. Apparently, that’s what Steven Seagal testified to in 2002. The 6’4" martial arts expert and actor was involved in a racketeering indictment charge against Peter Gotti and several others in the Gambino family in June 2002. Prior to this falling out, Seagal’s business partner was an alleged Gambino associate and Seagal was noted to be friends with John Gotti. Now in case you’re unfamiliar with the name, he was dubbed the ‘Dapper Don’ and was the head boss of the Gambino crime family racking in hundreds of millions of dollars yearly until his death of throat cancer in 2002. Ironically, his death was right around the time of Seagal’s trial.
4 Felicia Pearson From Murderer To Hollywood Actress
Before she landed a gig on the critically acclaimed television series, The Wire, Felicia Pearson was sucked into the same hardcore lifestyle that is vividly played out on the show. She was dealing at the age of eleven and tried as an adult and convicted of second-degree murder at the age of 14. The latter sent her to prison until she was 22 years old. So, the first two decades of the East Baltimore kid’s life were spent on the street and behind bars. When she was released, she somehow caught the attention of actor Michael K. Williams at a club in Baltimore. Soon, she joined the cast as ‘Snoop’ on HBO’s cult show. For Felicia, it was a fairytale ending to a story that began at being, in her words, ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
3 Don King Stomped On A Man...Literally
Don King is a controversial boxing promoter who is set to have a street named after him for his bad behavior. The Cleveland City Council announced in 2016, that the street on Cedar Avenue will be called ‘Don King Way’. Journalists note that is the street where he stomped a man to death after failing to pay a $600 gambling debt. King served four years in prison on manslaughter charges in 1966. Yet, this isn’t his only offense. In 1954 he was released from the court for a ‘justifiable homicide’ when he gunned down a man at a gambling house in Cleveland. Later in 1972, he was accused of stealing $80,000 from a charity boxing match. Later in the 1980s, an FBI agent managed to get King to court for his ties to the Colombo crime family and tax evasion. However, King, once again slipped away free-of-charge.
2 Jay Z Stabbing In ‘Da’ Club
Jay-Z was born in Brooklyn and his life took center stage at the Kit Kat Club on West 43rd on December 2, 1999. The rapper pleaded guilty to stabbing record producer Lane ‘Un’ Rivera and was placed on a 3-year probation. The club was hosting a listening party for Q-Tip’s solo album ‘Amplified’. Apparently, the men’s emotions were amplified too as the two men got into an altercation and the matter was settled out of court with Jay-Z giving $500,000 to $1 million. A day before Jay-Z pleaded guilty to these assault charges a separate gun-possession charge was dropped. On the bright side, the rapper experienced the success of his album ‘The Blueprint’ while he was in and out of court over the charges.
1 Cheryl Tweedy, The Pop-Princess Who Throws Punches
You almost would never guess that this pop princess (or any for that matter) from across the pond would land on this list, but Cheryl Tweedy isn’t as squeaky clean as her fans think. At a nightclub, the singer was taken into custody for screaming at a toilet attendant before punching her in the face. Obviously, her girl-next-door image was blown to bits. It was ashamed as the band that she was a part of, ‘Girls Aloud’, was experiencing success at Number 1 on the charts at the time. Cheryl, who was 19-years old at the time left Miss Amogbokpa, a law student, so badly bruised that her eye was swollen and she experienced blurred vision. Cheryl was forced to participate in 120 hours of community service and to pay a $6,000 fine.
References: NewYorkPost.com, NYTimes.com, VICE.com, DailyMail.co.uk, TheNation.com, NBCNews.com, HuffingtonPost.com