When you’re a celebrity, people look up to you. All around the world, there are children who watch their idol’s on TV and actually learn a lot from them. However, these celebrities are also humans, just like us, and they can still make mistakes. Sometimes their mistakes are so grave that the consequences can be severe, for example getting arrested. We have created a list of celebrities that have been caught red-handed because of their “little” mistakes.
The 2000s teen movie star, Amanda Bynes, got pulled over for allegedly talking on the phone whilst driving and fleeing the scene before getting her ticket in March 2012. Bynes tried to pass a police car in her BMW and side-swiped the car. She got arrested for DUI and spent the night in jail. She was released in the morning and her bail was set for $5,000.
It is a well-known fact that Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) was shot 9 times (a part of a bullet is still stuck in his tongue), so it comes as no surprise that he actually served 6 months in prison for selling cocaine and possessing heroin and a starter gun.
The young English actor who gained recognition for his role of Vincent Crabbe in the Harry Potter series was also arrested. During the London riots in 2012, Jamie Waylett was found in possession of a Molotov cocktail and pot. He received a 12-month sentence.
Danny Trejo rose to fame managing to portray badasses in movies. During the 1960s, Trejo was imprisoned for 11 years on several charges, including burglary, assault, and drug possession.
Paul McCartney was one of the biggest musicians of his time. However, he wasn’t a big enough star to avoid being put in jail by the Japanese authorities. In 1980, McCartney was arrested at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport for attempting to bring half a pound of marijuana into the country.
Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit television series “24″, is also no stranger to correctional facilities. In 2007, Sutherland served 48 days in jail for violating the terms of his probation and pleading no contest to DUI charges.
Lillo Brancato Jr.
Lillo Brancato Jr. is the actor many of you remember from The Sopranos and The Bronx Tale. You probably know him for the robbery he was a part of, which resulted in the murder of an NYPD police officer. Since it wasn’t him that actually pulled the trigger, it was his associate, he was released from jail after 8 years and returned to acting.
The founder of the bands Motley Crue and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee lived up to his bad-boy reputation. Tommy Lee had been repeatedly put on probation for a series of violent crimes since 1983, but he was finally sent to jail for the assault and battering of his wife.
Ja Rule, the rapper and actor known for his role in The Cookout, got arrested in 2011 for unauthorized gun possession. He spent two years in jail for that crime but had his stay extended by an additional 28 months to run concurrently for tax evasion.
Michelle Rodriguez was first sentenced to 60 days in jail for a probation violation in 2006 but was released after only four hours and twenty minutes due to overcrowding. One year later, the actress violated her probation again. She was sentenced to 180 days in prison.
In 2016, Blac Chyna was arrested for public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance during a layover at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The model verbally abused a bartender for refusing her further service.
Oscar became one of the world’s most renowned athletes when he sprinted in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. He caught our attention once again a year later when he was arrested for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He was first sentenced to 5 years.
Matthew McConaughey was arrested for marijuana possession in 1999 after he was spotted playing the bongos and dancing naked, while another man joined in and clapped along. He spent nine hours in jail before he was released on a $1,000 bond. The drug charges were eventually dropped.
Stephen Baldwin was arrested in 2012 for failing to file tax returns for 3 years, owing the state of New York over $350,000 in back taxes. The actor was facing up to four years in jail, but pleaded guilty and paid back $300,000 to avoid serving time behind bars.
Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton served hard time for manslaughter, illegal possession of a firearm and acting as the ringleader of a prison riot. Although he was in and out of reform school and prison since he was 12, Dutton received his parole in 1976.
The Empire star, Jussie Smollett, was arrested in February under the charges of filing a false police report. As it seems, the actor said he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January. The police suspected that the actor had paid off the men in order to get some publicity.
Khloé Kardashian was arrested in 2008 serving only 3 hours of her 30-day sentence for violating probation following a DUI arrest because the California jail was overcrowded.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. was pulled over for speeding in 1997, but the police found heroin, cocaine, crack, and .357 magnum in his car so he was arrested. Over the next couple of years, he spent over a year in state prison and California treatment facility after several parole violations associated with charges related to drugs.
Nicole Richie was seen driving her car the wrong way in Los Angeles. Richie, who was five months pregnant at the time, pleaded guilty to DUI. She was awarded with 82 minutes (of a 4-day sentence) of jail time. The jail was overcrowded once again.
After he was acquitted in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, the former football player took part in an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in 2007. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison but was released in 2017, after having served only nine years.
Shelley Malil was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted premeditated murder of his ex-girlfriend and assault with a deadly weapon. Allegedly, the actor stabbed his girlfriend 20 times. In 2018, Malil was released from prison after having served only 8 years of his life sentence.
In 2006, Mel Gibson was pulled over and arrested for driving while allegedly drunk. A three-quarters-full bottle of tequila wrapped in a brown paper bag was found on the floor of his car. He was released in the morning on a $5,000 fine.
Rapper and actress, Lil Kim, was sent to jail in 2005 for lying to the grand jury. Kim’s entourage member had been involved in a gun battle with a rival rap-group Capone-n-Noreaga, and one man was injured. Lil Kim told the jury that she hadn’t seen her buddy that day, but the security photos proved otherwise. She was sentenced to a year in prison.
Nicolas Cage was arrested in 2011 being “very drunk” and yelling at his wife, Alice. He then grabbed her arm and started pulling her towards the house. When the police arrived, he continued his argument with them and asked them “Why don’t you just arrest me?” And they did.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., or Lil Wayne, was first arrested in July 2007 for gun possession. Wayne initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea to guilty in October in exchange for a reduced sentence. The rapper spent eight months of a one-year term in Rikers Island prison in New York City.
Lindsay Lohan was arrested many times for DUI. She was sentenced for the first time in 2007 to one day in prison after she pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Tim Allen spent two years and four months in the Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone in Minnesota in 1978 for possession of over one pound of cocaine. The actor was paroled in 1981.
Michael Jace was sentenced to 40 years to life in 2016 for killing his wife. The actor shot his wife, April, once in the back and twice in the legs because she told him that she wanted a divorce.
Snoop Dogg, who was born as Calvin Broadus, was arrested in 2006 at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun and of transporting marijuana. Snoop was held in the Burbank Police Department jail for only four hours before being released on a $35,000 bond.
The young pop star was arrested for DUI in Miami Beach in 2014. Bieber spent one day in jail after he admitted he had been smoking marijuana. Justin Bieber posted his mugshot on Instagram in 2017 with hashtags #jailsnotacoolplacetobe and #neveragain.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie Smalls had to change his name to The Notorious B.I.G. due to legal issues. He was killed in 1997. Although he was only 25 when he died, B.I.G. was arrested seven times. The first arrest was in 1989 for carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm. Other arrests were for selling drugs, robbery and assaulting two autograph seekers.
The True Romance star was first arrested in 1989 and spent ten days in jail for driving under the influence. It seems that ten days were not enough to reform Slater – he was arrested again in 1997 for assaulting his girlfriend and a police officer while intoxicated.
Lauryn Hill was arrested in 2013 for failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million in earnings. Hill was given a three-year house arrest, along with three years on probation.
Felicity Huffman was found guilty of paying someone to proctor and correct her daughter’s college board testing. She was convicted to 14 days in prison, and she had to pay a fine of $30,000 and perform 250 hours of community service.
In July 2017, Shia LaBeouf approached a bystander and a police officer asking for a cigarette. When he wasn’t given a cigarette, he became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language. LaBeouf spent the night in jail and was released from Chatham County Detention Center after posting a $7,000 bond.
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in jail for violating the terms of his probation in 2010. T. I. was stopped for a traffic violation in Los Angeles, but the police discovered drugs in his car and he later tested positive for opiates.
In August 2010, Paris Hilton got in trouble when an LVPD police officer smelled marijuana smoke coming out of her boyfriend’s car. When they searched the black Cadillac Escalade and their belongings, the police found a small amount of cocaine in Hilton’s purse. She was arrested and released about two hours later without bail.
Chris Brown beat up his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Brown was then released on probation, but in 2013 he got into a fight with a 20-year-old man in Washington, D.C., which violated the terms of his probation. In 2014, he was sentenced to 365 days in jail, but the judge gave him credit for 234 days he had already served and ordered him to stay for an additional 131 days.
After being arrested and released on a $100,000 bond in February, Kelly was arrested again in the summer of 2019 on several federal charges. The federal indictment charged Kelly with 13 felony counts — including child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and obstruction of justice.
Wesley Snipes found himself charged with tax evasion in 2006. Four years later, Wesley Snipes was convicted for three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns for 1999, 2000, and 2001, and served a 3-year prison sentence before his release in February 2013.
Mark Wahlberg was arrested when he was only 16 years old. He was caught trying to steal beer, which led to him assaulting two people. He was initially sentenced to two years for his felony but served only 45 days in jail.
In 2017, Tiger Woods was pulled over for reckless driving but got arrested for driving under the influence. The police performed a blood drug test, and test results showed traces of five different drugs in his system. He was arrested and released after 3 hours.
Suge Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison for murder and attempted murder. He was first charged for the crime in February 2015, following a hit-and-run on the set of the hit film Straight Outta Compton.
Mike Tyson was convicted of rape after he forced himself on an 18-year-old girl in 1992. The boxer was first sentenced to 10 years, but the judged suspended the last four years. He was paroled after three years in jail.
When James Fonda was returning from a gathering in Canada, she was arrested at a Cleveland airport for smuggling drugs in her luggage. Jane Fonda was released on a bond, but months later, after they tested every pill that they found, the charges were dropped because tests showed that her drugs were actually just vitamins.
Sam Hurd was arrested in 2011. Hurd allegedly chatted up an undercover police officer and attempted to buy 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana to distribute on the streets. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail.
In December 2009, Sheen was arrested on charges of domestic violence after an alleged altercation with his third wife Brooke Mueller, the mother of his twin sons. He was sentenced to 30 days in rehab, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.
James Brown was found guilty of carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering, attempting to flee a police officer, and driving under the influence of drugs. He was sentenced to six years in prison for waving a gun at an insurance company and then leading cops on a car chase in 1987.
In 1998, Fat Joe was arrested for assault charges and was even named as a witness in two murder cases. In 2013, Fat Joe was sent to jail for tax evasion.
Rapper and actor, Tupac Shakur, was charged and convicted of sexual assault in 1994 when a woman accused him and his associates of raping her in a New York City hotel room. 2Pac was sentenced to four and a half years for a crime he claimed he hadn’t committed.