The last quarter of 2017 has been one of the most controversial and scandalous in Hollywood history. When news broke that one of Hollywood’s most powerful and intimidating figures, Harvey Weinstein, had committed dozens of serious offences against women throughout his illustrious career, it started a chain reaction that would change the very foundations of the entertainment industry at its core.
The brave women who came forward encouraged other victims to come forward and reveal their own stories suffering at the hands of some of Hollywood’s most powerful people. It also revealed how the behaviors of such individuals went ignored for decades in what became known simply as another one of the movie industry's so-called "open secrets."
Finally, Hollywood is being exposed for it is, and there are those in the industry that are working to make the film industry a safer working environment for actors and actresses. In a recent interview with People magazine, Bryan Cranston stated that “the pillars of what was are falling. Everything is being exposed, women and men should not have to tolerate misbehavior because of their youth and inexperience. The silver lining is, we’re not accepting behavior like that because it’s always been."
Nevertheless, there is still doubt whether some of these individuals will ever face justice. While there are those whose crimes were so extreme that not even their status could save them from a life in prison, others have been jailed for relatively minor offences in comparison to what the scandals of 2017 have so far revealed. Here is a list of eight celebrities that have been jailed, and seven who should be.
15 Should Be Jailed: Kevin Spacey Assaulted Several Young Men For Decades
For years, the multi-award winning Kevin Spacey has been considered one of the all-time greatest character actors in recent times. He became a household name with performances in The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Seven, Superman Returns, and more recently, it was his critically acclaimed and Emmy award-winning performance in the Netflix hit series House of Cards. However, that show and everything else with Kevin Spacey’s involvement is now facing cancellation, or he's being replaced entirely.
This is because of the allegations that originally stemmed from Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey of making inappropriate advances towards him when he was 14 years old.
The allegation prompted more men to come forward with their own reports of Spacey’s behavior towards them spanning as far back as the 1980s. The London Metropolitan police are investigating, but it isn’t clear if any charges will be brought forward.
14 In Jail: Darren Sharper Assaulted At Least 9 Women
Darren Sharper is one of the most well-known and successful NFL American football players in the world. The former broadcaster is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the Hall of Fame and played fourteen seasons between 1997 and 2009 for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and the New Orleans Saints. Sharper holds the record for the most all-time defensive touchdowns and in retirement, he worked as a presenter for the NFL network he seemed untouchable.
However, instead of his success, Sharper is now remembered for the predatory and heinous acts that he committed while hiding behind his fame. On August 18, 2016, he was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison for drugging and assaulting at least 9 women within a 24-hour time period across two states. It is believed that Sharper could have as many as 16 more victims nationwide.
13 Should Be Jailed: Harvey Weinstein Assaulted And Manipulated Countless Actresses
Until recently, the Oscar-winning Harvey Weinstein was one of the most powerful movie producers in Hollywood. He’s produced and executive produced some of the world's biggest movies, such as Gangs of New York, Shakespeare in Love, Reservoir Dogs, Good Will Hunting, The Fighter, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.
However, in October, more than a dozen women came forward and reported Weinstein for s*xual harassment. There have been numerous reports of even more women claiming that he assaulted them. It is believed that he used his power and ability to make or break careers in Hollywood so he could manipulate vulnerable young actresses into making them believe that they would never work again if they didn’t comply with his requests.
Even though Weinstein his now being investigated by the New York and London police, it is still unclear whether or not he will be brought up on charges.
12 In Jail: Ricardo Medina Jr. Attacked His Neighbor Over A Parking Space
Ricardo Medina is an American actor who has appeared in ER, CSI: Miami, but he is more recognizable for his role as the Red Wild Force Ranger in the children’s television series Power Rangers: Wild Force, and voicing Deker in Power Rangers: Super Samurai from 2011 to 2012.
Medina was, however, sentenced to 6 years in prison on March 30, 2017, after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter for an incident with his neighbor that occurred over a car parking space in February 2017. Although there were no charges brought against him for at least a year, Medina was rearrested following further investigation. Had he not pleaded guilty, he would have been sentenced to life imprisonment instead of the 6 years he received.
11 Should Be Jailed: Roman Polanski Assaulted A Young Girl
Roman Polanski is producer, writer and film director that has been considered one of Hollywood’s elite since the 1960s, despite being a fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system for assaulting an underage girl.
With films such as Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, The Ghost Writer and other projects on the way, Polanski isn’t short of work. Polanski also seems to continually work with the biggest Hollywood actors, such as Eva Green, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Waltz among the many, despite the many allegations of assault made against him.
What makes this so surprising, is that in light of the condemnation of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey amidst the allegations of assault, Polanski is able to avoid jail despite there being at least 9 women - one of whom was ten years old at the time - coming forward. With historical abuse cases dating back as far as the 1960s one has to wonder why Polanski gets a pass in Hollywood when the likes of Weinstein and Spacey doesn't.
10 In Jail: Joseph Hyungmin Son Was Given A Life Sentence For Gang-Related Crimes
South Korean born Joeseph Hyungmin Son – also known as Joe Son – is a former mixed martial artist that competed in the UFC, K-1 Kickboxing, and the Japanese fight promotion known as PRIDE Fighting Championships.
With a terrible win-loss record across all promotions, Son found fame in the Hollywood Blockbuster Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as Random Task, a parody of the James Bond henchman Oddjob. In addition, he starred in several B-list action movies such as Joshua Tree, and the first two Shootfighter films.
However, as of January 2011, Son has been serving a life sentence for his participation in the torture and serious assault in a gang affiliated attack dating back to 1990, and the voluntary manslaughter of his cellmate who was convicted for crimes against minors.
9 Should Be Jailed: Louis C.K. Harassed Several Women
Louis C.K. is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer. He began his career writing for several comedians such as David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock and Dana Carvey. He also performed live stand-up alongside other up and coming comedians of the time, such as Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke, in addition to opening for Jerry Seinfeld.
Following in the footsteps of Jerry Seinfeld, C.K. had his own semi-autobiographical sitcom called Louie. C.K. looked poised for great success as a director with his new film, the controversial, provocative and somewhat ironic nod to Woody Allen, I Love You, Daddy.
However, in light of s*xual misconduct allegations from several women, the film’s premiere was dropped and his appearances on entertainment The Late Show canceled. A day after the allegations were made, C.K. released a statement confirming accusations and apologizing for his actions.
8 In Jail: Abby Lee Miller Committed Bankruptcy Fraud
Abby Lee Miller is the founder of the Abby Lee Dance Company, the director of Reign Dance Productions, and the outspoken star of the reality series Dance Moms.
Miller controversially began her TV career in 2011, but she was dropped as a certified member of the Dance Masters of America. The DMA believed that her show was a total misinterpretation of dance education and its students.
In October of 2015, Miller was indicted for bankruptcy fraud when she created a secret bank account to hide income from her merchandise sales and masterclasses after she declared herself bankrupt in 2010. She was sentenced to a year and one day in prison in May of 2017 and ordered to pay a total of $180,000 in fines and judgment.
While there’s no doubt that Miller should have been punished for breaking the law, the crime seems incredibly minor compared to the offenses committed by some of Hollywood’s elite, most of whom have never spent a single day in jail.
7 Should Be Jailed: Brett Ratner Harassed Several Women
Brett Ratner is a director, film producer, and the co-founder of RatPac-Dune Entertainment. He has directed the Rush Hour film franchise, The Family Man, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Hercules. His producing credits include the Horrible Bosses series, The Revenant, and the Prison Break TV series.
During October of 2017, Ratner became another one of the Hollywood elites that face a string of allegations from several women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn, Ellen Page, and Jaime Ray Newman.
However, instead of showing remorse, he has denied the allegations entirely, belittled Olivia Munn publicly, and is even trying to sue one of his alleged victims. It is unknown if the police have launched any kind of investigation into the alleged offences.
6 In Jail: Mark Salling Possessed Inappropriate Child Content
Mark Salling, whose estimated worth is $275 million, is a singer-songwriter, musician, and actor that gained fame playing the role of Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the musical television series Glee.
With all the talent in the world, it seemed that Salling would carve out a great career for himself in any entertainment industry he chose. However, in 2015, Salling was arrested after an ex-girlfriend reported him to the police after showing her indecent and illegal images of minors.
After a raid was conducted by the Los Angeles Police department, they discovered tens of thousands of images on Salling’s laptop and thumb drive. According to reports, Salling will be sentenced to four to seven years after pleading guilty to all charges with a 20-year supervision order to be in place.
5 Should Be Jailed: Bryan Singer Allegedly Abused Underage Males
Bryan Singer is a director, film producer, writer, and the founder of Bad Hat Harry Productions. He rose to fame with the crime thriller The Usual Suspects, which starred Kevin Spacey. He also became known for proving that superhero films can work as blockbusters in the 2000s with the X-Men franchise, which is set have another sequel due for release 2018. Singer is also producing and directing the X-Men spin-off series, The Gifted and Legion.
Singer’s career, however, will forever be stained by the fact that three separate lawsuits stemming back as far as 1997 were brought against him for offences against underage males. Singer is also best friends and frequented the same parties with Gary Goddard, another man named in 2017 with allegations of abuse against young boys.
4 In Jail: Meek Mill Assaulted A Police Officer, Violated His Parole, And Assaulted More People
Philadelphia born Meek Mill is a successful hip-hop artist with hit albums Dreams Worth More Than Money, and Dreams and Nightmares, both topping the Billboard 200 charts after their release.
As successful as Mill’s career has been, it has been set back by several run-ins with the law. He was originally arrested when he was 18 years old for the illegal possession of a firearm and assaulting a police officer. Since then, he was arrested another four times for parole violation for refusing to report his travel plans, not attending etiquette classes, and finally assaulting two pedestrians at an airport in St. Louis, Missouri, extending his parole with every incident.
Finally, sick of giving Mills any more chances, the judge sentenced him to two to four years in a state prison in November of 2017 for parole, a violation would have ended years ago had he not thought he was above the law.
3 Should Be Jailed: Victor Salva Has Abused A Teenager
Victor Salva is a director and screenwriter as well as a personal friend of Francis Ford Coppola. He’s directed the films Powder, the Jeepers Creepers film series, Rites of Passage, and Rosewood Lane.
In 1987, Salva was arrested and convicted of eleven counts of abuse over a period of six years against one of his stars Nathan Forest Winters – who was just 14 years old at the time of the arrest – and sentenced to the three years in prison, for which he only served eighteen months in a rehabilitation center.
Instead of the much-publicized abuse derailing his career like it should have, Salva profited from writing a screenplay for the direct-to-video film The Nature of the Beast, which was based on his experiences while incarcerated.
Despite protests, Salva continues to direct films with the approval of Hollywood. His victim Nathan Winters continues to publicly protest Salva’s work, but it seems like those in Hollywood seem to be happy to turn a blind eye to his offences.
2 In Jail: Ian Watkins Abused Children And Possessed Indecent Images Of Children
The Wales-born Ian Watkins was the front man for the popular Nu Metal band, the Lostprophets. The band achieved international success with number one hits on the US Alternative Songs charts, and several top 10 hits in the UK. In addition, the band sold over 3.5 million albums worldwide, and achieved awards from the NME for the "Best Metal Act" as well as six Kerrang! metal awards.
In 2012, the band split forever when Watkins was arrested for multiple offences against children. He pleaded guilty to multiple counts of assault and attempted assault – with one of his victims being a baby boy – as well as the making of and possessing indecent images of minors.
Watkins has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions, and the detective on the case described him as potentially the most dangerous offender he’s ever encountered. Watkins further proved this statement when he started grooming yet another young mother from behind bars in October 2017, leading to her arrest.
1 Should Be Jailed: James Toback May Be The Most Prolific Offender In Hollywood History
James Toback is an Academy-Award winning American screenwriter and a movie director. He has writing and directing credits on the films Bugsy, starring Warren Beatty, Tyson, Seduced and Abandoned, and more recently, the Sienna Miller film The Private Life of a Modern Woman.
In October of 2017, Toback was accused of s*xual harassment and assault by 38 women, which included the actresses Rachel McAdams, Selma Blair, Julianne Moore, and Terri Conn. The scandal broke when it was reported in the Los Angeles Times.
Since the story broke, LA Times reporter Glenn Whipp stated on Twitter that more women had come forward with allegations against Toback, taking the number of complaints up to at least 310. Toback could potentially be the most prolific offender in Hollywood's 2017 scandal.
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