We look at celebrities as role models, but many famous people have been accused of horrible crimes. Some of these famous folks found themselves on the wrong side of the law when they were young, while others got into trouble later in life. This list of celebrities accused of horrible crimes has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity.
Who is the most famous person who has been accused of a horrible crime? Mean Girls actress Lindsay Lohan has quite a long rap sheet. She was charged with felony grand theft in 2011 and felony drug charges in 2007. She has spent time in the Los Angeles County Jail on three separate occasions. Snoop Dogg has been charged with drug possession five times. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in 2006. He was also charged with murder in 1993, but he was acquitted in 1996.
Mark Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder in 1987 after he beat two different men, leaving one blind in one eye. He pleaded guilty to assault and served 45 days at Boston’s Deer Island House of Correction. Rapper Tupac Shakur served 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man with a baseball bat in 1993. He was also convicted of sexual battery in 1993, after a woman claimed that she was raped by Shakur and his entourage. He said that he was innocent and that he had consensual sex with the woman.
In May 2016, actress Amber Heard filed for a divorce and restraining order from actor Johnny Depp. Heard alleged that Depp physically and emotionally abused her throughout the entirety of their brief marriage. Heard even detailed an incident in which Depp took her cell phone and smacked her across the face with it. Heard documented her purported injuries from the incident with photos.
The two have been in-and-out of divorce proceedings for several months, but have recently come to a settlement. Heard received $7 million from Depp, which she then donated the entirety of to charity.
The oldest of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting brood, Josh Duggar was accused of child molestation. According to reports, Duggar fondled five young girls while he was a teenager. Instead of going immediately to the police, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, first conferred with church elders and sent Josh to a family friend to help straighten him out. They didn’t tell police until more than a year later.
In 2015, the news finally broke. Josh released a statement saying, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
In August 2015, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle pleaded guilty to having sex with minors (two teenage girls) and obtaining child pornography. The prosecutor in the case described it as a “five-year criminal scheme to exploit children,” and, thanks to a plea deal, it comes with a jail sentence of five to 12.5 years.
In addition, Fogle agreed to pay $100,000 to each victim to help with counseling and support. Subway (obviously) ended their relationship with the famous pitchman.
Bill Cosby, the lovable comedian and TV star, faced numerous accusations from women, many of whom were seeking career guidance, who claimed that he drugged and sexually assaulted them. The allegations reach back to the 1970s, with many surfacing in 2014. Cosby denied the allegations and refused to answer questions from reporters on the topic. Among the women who have accused Cosby is supermodel Janice Dickinson.
Cosby, 77, was initially not convicted or even tried for any of the accusations, but his reputation certainly suffered in the direct aftermath. Both Netflix and NBC postponed or canceled projects with Cosby, and TV Land removed reruns of The Cosby Show from their lineup.
In April 2018, Cosby was tried for the 2004 rape of a woman named Andrea Constand. He was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Mel Gibson took a plea deal to avoid facing felony charges of battery in 2011. He has also been charged with DUIs on multiple occasions.
Snoop Dogg has been charged with drug possession five times. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in 2006. He was also charged with murder in 1993, but was acquitted in 1996.
Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning was accused of attacking her longtime makeup artist, Holly Hartman, on several occasions. Hartman claims that Manning headbutted her, sprayed Windex in her eyes and mouth, and whipped her with a wet towel. In the same outburst, Manning dared Hartman to stab her, yelling, “Pick a knife. I’m wearing a white shirt — there will be a lot of blood. You will be famous for killing Taryn Manning.”
Ultimately, the restraining order was not granted on a technicality – Hartman filed it in California even though the attacks took place in NYC. Manning’s legal team said the accusations were false, and that Hartman was actually under investigation for stalking Manning.
On Monday August 17, 2015 actor Emile Hirsch pleaded guilty to assaulting a female employee of a Paramount Pictures subsidiary. Hirsch placed the female studio executive in a choke-hold and body-slammed her at a Sundace Film Festival event that happened earlier this year. Two people pulled Emile off of Daniele Bernfeld (the victim) while she was being attacked.
Because the actor was intoxicated and doesn’t remember the event occurring, there is still no idea of what prompted the attack. Regardless of this, Hirsch will serve 15 days in jail. In addition to this, he will need to complete 50 hours of community service and pay a fine of $4,750.
October 2014: Stephen Collins, the man who played the pastor/completely trustworthy dad on the 90s show “7th Heaven” is being investigated for child molestation.
Here’s what happened: Back in 2012, Stephen Collins confessed to his estranged wife (in a therapy session) that he had molested and exposed himself to underage girls. What he didn’t know at the time was that his wife, actress Faye Grant, was secretly recording his answers to all of her specific questions about the incident.
In California, you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence if the other person committed a violent felony… and molesting children under the age of 14 qualifies.
TMZ got their hands on the tape and posted it for the world to hear (warning: it’s disturbing) and the New York Police Dept. is now conducting an active criminal investigation involving sexual contact with multiple children.
11/6/2014: Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary Australian rock band AC/DC, has been charged in New Zealand with attempting to hire a hitman to kill two people. Rudd’s motive and the names of the men have not yet been released.
In a bizarre case of life imitating art, AC/DC fans are probably all collectively thinking back to the 1976 album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, the title track of which features a hitman offering his services to people in desperate situations.
Mike Tyson was charged with battery (1990), rape (1991), and assault (1998). He has also been arrested for driving while intoxicated and for being in possession of cocaine.
Chris Brown was convicted on felony domestic violence in 2009 after he assaulted then girlfriend Rihanna. He was arrested on felony assault in 2013 after allegedly attacking a man in Washington D.C.
Mark Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder in 1987 after he beat two different men, leaving one blind in one eye. He pleaded guilty to assault and served 45 days at Boston’s Deer Island House of Correction.
Charlie Sheen pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges in 1996. He pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges in 2009.
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In 2003, Courtney Love faced felony drug charges. In 2004, she faced felony assault charges after attacking someone with a liquor bottle and a microphone stand.
Actor Tom Sizemore has a very long rap sheet. He has been charged with domestic violence (1997, 2003), Death threats (2003), sexual harassment (2004), and battery (2009).
In 2000, Eminem was charged with possession of a concealed weapon and assault. He pulled out a gun to threaten someone, and the following day, he assaulted a man that he claimed was kissing his wife.
“Baywatch” babe Yasmine Bleeth has been charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of cocaine.
Nick Nolte was arrested for selling counterfeit documents in 1965. He avoided the 45-year jail sentence that is associated with the crime, but was not allowed to join the military. In 2002, he was arrested for driving under the influence.
50 Cent was charged with drug possession nine times in the mid-90s. He was found with marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in 2002. He was also charged with three counts of assault and battery in 2003, after he jumped into the crowd to attack a man who threw a water bottle at him during a performance.
Actor Christian Slater has been accused of assault with a deadly weapon (1989), battery, and sexual harassment (2005).
Lil’ Kim has been charges with several offenses including obstruction of justice, conspiracy, shoplifting, and perjury.
In May 2018, rapper Riff Raff was accused of rape by a woman from Melbourne, Australia. Eliza Stafford posted a story on Facebook recounting a 2013 Riff Raff show she attended with her boyfriend. Mid-show, she said she was invited backstage and alleges Riff Raff gave her codeine but initially told her it was vodka. She detailed her experience in a Facebook post:
In 2013 I was raped by a man whose stage name is “Riff Raff”… I took the shot, it was syrup and I immediately asked what it was. Riff raff and his support act told me that it was codeine and started laughing. I don’t remember anything from that point… I woke up as Riff raff was pulling out of me and getting in to the shower. I crawled – truly, on all fours -out of the hotel room and managed to get outside where I booked a taxi who wouldn’t take me because I was “too drunk”. I begged him to take me home, got back to my boyfriends house, and he was angry at me for “blowing him off”. I was punished for 6 months within that relationship for what “I did”. I was raped and blamed myself for five years.
After Stafford posted her allegation, Riff Raff’s tour promoters, Audiopaxx, announced they were canceling his tour in Australia and New Zealand:
TOUR UPDATE: we have been made aware of the allegations made against Houston rapper Riff Raff. Audiopaxx takes these matters seriously and does not condone any of this alleged behavior. In light of this, we have spoken to his management team and the scheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand has ben canceled, effective immediately.
Tim Allen was arrested for the possession of over one pound of cocaine. In an effort to avoid a life sentence, Allen provided law enforcement with the names of other drug dealers. He served just over two years of jail time, from 1979-1981.
Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst pleaded “no contest” to several horrible crimes in 2007, including assault with a deadly weapon, battery, death threats, and reckless driving.
British comedian Stephen Fry spent three months in prison for fraud charges after he stole a credit card when he was a teen.
Rapper Tupac Shakur served 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man with a baseball bat in 1993. He was also convicted of sexual battery in 1993, after a woman claimed that she was raped by Shakur and his entourage. He said that he was innocent and that he had consensual sex with the woman.
Boxing promoter Don King was convicted of second degree murder after he stomped a man to death. He served a little less than four years in prison.
Singer James Brown has been accused of several crimes, including domestic violence (2004), armed robbery (1949), and assault with a deadly weapon.
Actor Randy Quaid has been charged with burglary (2009, 2010), conspiracy (2009), and fraud (2009).
MLB player Pete Rose has been accused of betting thousands of dollars on baseball games in which he played. This is considered a horrible offense by the MLB, and Rose is the only player on the Baseball Hall of Fame ineligible list.