Being famous might seem like a lot of wild parties and great fun, but fame and fortune don’t necessarily mean you’re above the law. The life of a celebrity is filled with hardships; from the pressure to partake in drugs to the stress from living a completely public life, there are several big names who stray from the path and become wound up in trouble… and when they do, you can bet the entire world is going to hear about it. Whether it was just a run of the mill DUI or armed robbery, here are 25 Celebrities With Insane Criminal Records That May Shock You.
Rap isn’t exactly known for it’s family-friendly subject matter and language; however, some people still manage to be offended by the explicit lyrics, even if they should know by now what to expect. American rapper 50 Cent learned this the hard way while performing on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, where he was arrested for using the F-word in one of his songs.
Matthew McConaughey was arrested in 1999 after local authorities were alerted of noise complaints from his upscale neighborhood in Austin, Texas. The police arrived at McConaughey’s house at around 3 o’clock in the morning, only to find him sitting naked in his living room enthusiastically playing bongos. He was taken into custody and charged with violating Austin’s noise ordinance, resisting arrest and, unsurprisingly, marijuana use.
American rapper Earl Simmons, known by his stage name DMX, has been arrested over a dozen times on charges ranging from illegal drug use, criminal impersonation, parole violation, and everything in between. His most notorious arrest occurred in 2004 after the rapper crashed his SUV through a parking lot gate at the Kennedy Airport in New York. Simmons then proceeded to tell the airport security that he was a government agent before going on to force a random driver out of their vehicle, claiming he was with the FBI.
In and out of jail since her first arrest for a DUI in 2007, Lindsay Lohan has been repeatedly busted for driving under the influence, possession of cocaine, assault, and even one hit and run. Her probation and frequent trouble with the police has, unfortunately, led her to missing out on a number of movie deals.
When you imagine your typical lawbreaker, chances are the first thing you think of isn’t Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates. After being arrested in 1975 for driving without a license, Gates went on to be arrested twice more in the late 7o’s for traffic violations and reckless driving.