Celebrities are no strangers to the spotlight. While most of the time they make headlines to promote their up and coming movie or their album that is about to drop, sometimes it’s to report on their bad behavior. Because at the end of the day, they’re only human and they make mistakes just like the rest of us. How many of these Hollywood jailbirds did you know had run-ins with the law?
Over the past few years, Amanda Bynes has unfortunately made more headlines for her legal troubles than for her acting. In April 2012, the She’s the Man star reportedly sideswiped a police car in West Hollywood around three in the morning.
She was taken into custody after refusing to take a drug test or breathe into a breathalyzer. Two months later, Bynes was charged with driving under the influence in response to her arrest. She tweeted to President Obama in a plea for help, saying, “I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.”
The mastermind behind the song “Uptown Funk,” Bruno Mars, was arrested while partying in Las Vegas back in September 2010. He was caught with a few grams of illegal substances in his possession while in the bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel.
After pleading guilty, he was given a fine of $2,000 and was sentenced to drug counseling and community service. Mars spoke of the incident years later and said, “I was in f****** Vegas. I wasn’t thinking.” We suppose it’s called Sin City for a reason? The singer later added that his arrest showed him that “it can all be taken away.”
Recognized by most for her role as Amanda Woodward on CW’s Melrose Place, Heather Locklear will always be remembered for her blinding smile and all-American charm. But in the past few years, she has been plagued by a few run-ins with the law.
The charges she faces (eight misdemeanor battery offenses and resisting police officers) stem from two different altercations that occurred in 2018. Both times, police were called to her property for domestic disturbance, and Locklear reportedly became combative with officials during her arrest. As part of her treatment, she was checked into a facility and was later placed on 5150 psychiatric hold.
1995 was a tough year for rom-com icon, Hugh Grant who found himself at the center of a scandal. After being caught engaging in promiscuous activity with an escort in his car, Grant was placed on probation, was made to pay an $1,000 fine, and attend an AIDS education programme.
To make matters worse, at the time the incident occurred, the actor was in a relationship with Austin Powers actress, Elizabeth Hurley. In an interview with Jay Leno on NBC’s Tonight Show, the British actor said, “I’ve done an abominable thing, and she [Liz Hurley] has been amazing about it.”
The Passion of the Christ director and star of classics like Braveheart and Lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson was arrested in July 2006 after he was pulled over for speeding and failed a breathalyzer test, proving to officers that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
At the time of his arrest in Malibu, California, Gibson was recorded spouting a slew of anti-Semitic remarks. He later checked himself into rehab and issued a public apology to the Jewish community, saying, “I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery.”
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According to CNN, on July 15, 2017, “I Want Candy” singer Aaron Carter was arrested in Cornelia, Georgia under the suspicion of driving under the influence and for having marijuana on hand. Floyd Canup, the sheriff’s captain of Habersham County was quoted saying Carter was “driving all over the road.”
The singer, however, denied the claims that he was under the influence of alcohol, telling Entertainment Tonight that he doesn’t drink due to a medical condition. He said, “I’ll occasionally have a sip of a beer or something like that, but I can’t even drink IPAs.” He also added that the car he was driving was a “very cheap” vehicle he bought for himself and his girlfriend to visit club appearances, as he has a fear of flying following September 11.
Unlike many of the Hollywood jailbirds on this list, Dazed and Confused legend, Matthew McConaughey claims he doesn’t regret his arrest one bit. When his neighbors called the cops to file a noise complaint in 1999, authorities arrived at McConaughey’s home to see him playing the bongo drums… naked.
They arrested him for possession of marijuana on top of resisting arrest. Though the drug offenses were eventually dropped, McConaughey spent nine hours in jail until he was released on a $1,000 bond. Speaking of the incident, the actor said, “What’s wrong with beating on your drums in your birthday suit? I have no regrets about the way I got there.”
The “One Less Lonely Girl” singer, Justin Bieber was arrested in Jan, 2014 in Miami Beach after he was caught drag racing while under the influence and with an expired license. He was pulled over around four in the morning and allegedly tried to resist arrest.
Speaking to Complex magazine after the fact, Bieber said, “The police just wanted press. I was never speeding; I was never drag racing.” He added, “The cop supposedly wanted to be famous for arresting celebrities, and someone had heard him say that prior to that. I wasn’t drinking. I blew the thing and I had 0.01.” Hmm…
Drama series, Charmed star Rose McGowan ran into trouble with the law back in 2017 after she left her wallet behind on a flight to Washington D.C. When cleaning staff recovered the wallet, they found two bags of cocaine inside of it. She didn’t realize it until she received a message from an unknown person.
McGowan explained to The New Yorker that she later received a direct message from an unknown user on Instagram saying, “You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke.” Fearful, she waited months to respond to the accusation. Some nine months later, McGowan pleaded not guilty to the charges of drug possession.
Paris Hilton has been arrested a number of times and we suppose all that practice looking good in paparazzi’s weirdly-angled shots has helped her master how to make the best of something as unflattering as a mugshot. The socialite’s first run-in with the law dates back to 2006.
Hilton was arrested for a DUI and her license was suspended. Then after disregarding its suspension and getting pulled over while on the road, Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail. But in true privileged fashion, she spent less than a week behind bars and finished the remainder of her sentence in the comfort of her own home.
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Glee actress, Naya Rivera was arrested in November, 2017 on charges of domestic abuse after reportedly attacking her husband, Ryan Dorsey in their West Virginia home. The actor called the Kanawha County Sheriff’s office to report that Rivera had hit him in his head and across his face.
The altercation allegedly took place while the couple were out for a walk with their 2-year-old son. After Dorsey handed over a video of the attack to deputies, Rivera was taken into custody. She was released on bond of $1,000 and was collected from jail from her father-in-law. Doesn’t sound so gleeful to us!
The wedding crasher, Vince Vaughn was arrested in June, 2018 after he was caught driving under the influence at a checkpoint in Manhattan Beach, California. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the actor refused to exit the vehicle when asked numerous times.
For this reason, he was charged with refusing to comply with an officer and submit to inspection. As punishment, Vaughn had to pay a fine on top of completing three months of an alcohol program. Additionally, he was sentenced to three years of probation during which he cannot refuse an alcohol test at any time.
Golf legend, Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI in his hometown of Jupiter, Florida on May 29, 2017. According to NBC News, toxicology reports showed five different drugs in his system at the time of his arrest: sleeping pill Ambien, painkillers Hydrocodone and Hydromorphone, anxiety medication Xanax and an active ingredient found in marijuana, Delta-9 carboxy THC.
In exchange for having his charges dropped later in the year, Woods agreed to enter a particular diversion program. The program consisted of one year probation, paying a $250 fine as well as court costs, attending a school on driving under the influence, completing 50 hours of community service, and attending a workshop where victims of impaired driving explain how their lives were altered from accidents.
For nearly a decade, The Parent Trap star Lindsay Lohan found herself in and out of jail on multiple occasions. Her first arrest dates back to 2007 when she was charged with driving under the influence and having cocaine on her during a hit-and-run car wreck.
Since then, Lohan has gotten herself into repeated trouble with grand theft and probation violations. All of this has translated into six trips to jail, five different rehab facilities, and home confinement that comes out to 25 days. Her last run-in with the law took place in November of 2012 when she reportedly assaulted a woman outside of Club Avenue in Manhattan, New York.
Iron Man’s Tony Stark, also known as Robert Downey Jr. landed himself in prison for nearly a year back in 1999. He was sentenced after violating his probation. But what was the reason behind his probation in the first place?
In 1996, the praised actor was pulled over for speeding in Malibu, California and after police found a plethora of narcotics in his car – along with a .357 magnum gun – Downey Jr. was arrested for driving under the influence. He later went to county jail and rehab but was then arrested once more in 2001 after police found him wandering the streets of Culver City, CA barefoot and with traces of drugs in his blood.
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The Simple Life icon, Nicole Richie’s December 2006 arrest is one law enforcement officials call “very lucky.” The socialite-turned-fashion mogul was arrested in Burbank, California after she was caught driving in the wrong direction in the carpool lane of the freeway. She was alleged to be under the influence of alcohol.
After pleading not guilty to a DUI, Richie admitted to having used both Vicodin and marijuana before getting in the car. She was sentenced to four days in jail but only ended up staying for 82 minutes thanks to overcrowding. Looking back on her arrest, she wrote in a letter for Lena Dunham’s website, “As much as I have to look at those moments and learn from them, as we all do, it’s important for me to have gratitude for that time, too. Not shame.”
Most of America recognizes Orange Is the New Black actress, Natasha Lyonne in an orange jail suit, which isn’t so far off considering she has had a few run-ins with the law. In 2001, for example, Lyonne was arrested for driving under the influence.
Three years later, she was charged with trespassing and harassing her neighbor and their dog. She also had a bout of drug addiction that led to severe health issues like a collapsed lung, heart infection, and liver disease. Speaking of these trying times, the actress was quoted saying, “I was definitely as good as dead. People really rallied around me and pulled me up by my f****** bootstraps.”
Fast and Furious actress and former Lost star, Michelle Rodriguez first made Hollywood headlines for her role in indie film, Girlfight back in the year 2000. But some six years later, she was in the news for being sentenced to jail time.
After pleading guilty to drinking and driving, Rodriguez spent five days in jail. This was her second DUI offense. Speaking of her sentence, she said, “I’m really glad that the judge wasn’t blinded by you know, the kinda illusion of the actress. I’m kinda glad you know, cause I’m human.” Rodriguez was later sentenced to a six-month jail term for violation her probation.
Oscar-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon’s words went viral after she and her husband were arrested in 2013. She so infamously told a traffic police, “Do you know my name? You’re about to find out who I am. You’re about to be on national news.”
Certainly not her proudest moment, the commotion arose after Witherspoon displayed disorderly conduct to a state trooper who was giving her husband, Jim Toth the walk-and-turn sobriety test on suspicion that he was driving under the influence. The actress was released after her arrest and apologized for her behavior, saying, “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said.”
Pawn Stars fan favorite, Chumlee has had his fair share of run-ins with the law. It all began in March 2016 when sexual assault charges were made against the TV personality. While the charges were eventually dropped because of insufficient evidence, it prompted police to obtain a search warrant on his house.
What they found there got him into even more trouble. Police uncovered 11 firearms – only four of which were registered – and enormous quantities of drugs and paraphernalia. Chumlee faced one weapon charge among 19 different drug charges. He was held on $62,000 bail and agreed to three years of counseling and probation.
The O.C. alum, Mischa Barton was arrested in December, 2007 for driving under the influence without a license and in possession of marijuana. Close to three in the morning, Barton was pulled over in West Hollywood, California after a sheriff spotted her weaving in and out of lanes. She was 21 years old at the time.
Speaking about that period in her life, the actress told People Magazine, “We thought, ‘work hard, play hard.'” It seems her party girl ways eventually took a turn for the worse and not long after her DUI, she was placed in a psychiatric ward on 5150 hold for blacking out on drugs and threatening to hurt herself. She explained her breakdown as being the result of “enormous pressure.”
Home Alone icon, Macaulay Culkin was arrested in September, 2004 while he was driving through Oklahoma City. He was arrested for possession of prescription drugs (which he didn’t have a prescription for) and marijuana. He was ordered to pay a fine of $540 and received three different one-year suspended prison sentences.
After Culkin’s arrest made headlines, America’s perception of the young and innocent Kevin McCallister was muddied. Culkin, on the other hand, had something else to say about his story in the media. He told The Guardian that people were not right to be worried, saying, “I was not pounding six grand of heroin every month or whatever. The thing that bugged me was tabloids wrapping it all in this weird guise of concern. No, you’re trying to shift papers.”
The man who is most remembered as The Lone Ranger‘s John Reid and The Social Network‘s Winklevoss twins, Armie Hammer was arrested on November 20, 2011 when his U-Haul truck was pulled over at the Mexico-Texas Border Patrol checkpoint. The actor was found with three marijuana cookies and one pot brownie in his possession.
After spending one day behind bars, Hammer was released on a $1,000 bail. While arrest isn’t something people typically show off, Hammer left his fans with a present on Instagram from his journey down south. In 2018, seven years after the incident, he posted a photo of his mugshot to his social media with the caption, “It might not be Thursday, but this throwback seems worth it… #godblesstexas.” At least he has a good sense of humor about it!
“Anaconda” performer, Nicki Minaj was arrested in 2003 at the young age of 20 years old. The Queens native was taken into custody over a misdemeanor charge that saw her in possession of a weapon she was intending to use. At the time of her arrest, she was a waitress at Red Lobster.
Fast forward to 2018 and R&B artist, Jay Z gave her mugshot a creative spin. He used his own mugshot – as well as those belonging to a number of other hip-icons – as the backdrop for his On The Run 2 Tour. Boy have icons such as Minaj and Jay Z come a long way!
Illinois native, Haley Reinhart first rose to fame after making it to the top three of American Idol’s tenth season. Known for her powerful, raspy voice and big smile, she won the hearts of many Americans who tuned in week after week to cheer her on.
But in July 2017, Reinhart was arrested in her home state for reportedly physically assaulting a bouncer outside of a bar. As the story goes, security apparently asked her and her group of friends to exit the premises after they knocked over a table. The singer ended up being charged with a count of battery.
Sources: Insider, Cosmopolitan, US Magazine