25 Celebrities With Shocking Criminal Records

Posted by , Updated on March 23, 2024

While being a celebrity may appear to be all about extravagant parties and enjoyment, it doesn’t exempt you from adhering to the law. Celebrities often confront multiple challenges; from the expectation to indulge in substance abuse, to the stress induced by a fully public life. There are numerous high-profile individuals who deviate and find themselves entangled in problems – and when they do, be assured that the entire world is watching. The offenses could vary from a common DUI to more severe crimes like armed theft. Here is a list of 25 Celebrities With Exceptional Criminal Records That Might Surprise You.



Tim Allen

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When he was only 25 years old, American actor Tim Allen was detained by airport security for trafficking over one and a half pounds of cocaine. Faced with serving a life-sentence in prison, Allen pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and gave the names of 21 other dealers to bring his sentence down to 5 years, of which he only served about 2 and a half.


Mike Tyson

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Despite being one of the best boxers of recent years, Mike Tyson has flirted with illegal activity nearly all of his life. He was first arrested at 12 years old for swiping purses and since then has accumulated a rap sheet of over 40 arrests for everything from petty crimes to aggravated assault. He was also sentenced to six years in prison for raping an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant in 1992; however, he was released early in 1995 for good behavior. Tyson finally managed to turn his life around in 2011 and has, so far, managed to stay conviction free ever since.


Kiefer Sutherland

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British-born Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland has racked up a number of DUI and driving related charges over the years of 1989 to 2007. He was also found guilty of head-butting a fashion designer at the Mercer Hotel in SoHo, New York, but all the charges were dropped following a formal apology from Sutherland.


Vanilla Ice

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American rapper Vanilla Ice has assembled a variety of criminal charges including illegal drag racing, driving without a license, spousal abuse, and threatening a homeless man with a gun. His most recent arrest was for burglarizing an abandoned home in Florida, for which he avoided jail time by taking a plea bargain.


Stephanie Pratt

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American television personality and reality show regular Stephanie Pratt admitted in 2007 to years of drug abuse, including an especially severe addiction to crystal meth when she was a young teenager. In 2006, she was arrested for shoplifting over $4000 in designer clothes while experiencing a drug-induced high.


50 Cent

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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

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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.



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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.


Lindsay Lohan

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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.


Bill Gates

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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.


Will Smith

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Despite his reputation for being fun-loving and happy most of the time, Will Smith was arrested in 1989 after a violent altercation that left the victim nearly blind in one eye. Reportedly, Smith and his bodyguard attacked the man after a heated argument, leaving him with a fractured left orbital bone and needing six stitches in his face.


Jay Z

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In December of 1999, American rap artist Jay Z was accused of stabbing a record executive in the stomach at a nightclub in Manhattan. Although he originally plead innocent to the charges, in 2001 he admitted he was guilty of the misdemeanor and accepted a three-year prohibition sentence.


O. J. Simpson

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Although he was acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman, mainly due to a mishandling of evidence, O. J. Simpson didn’t make a big effort of trying to avoid confrontations with the law. In 2007, he was caught breaking into a hotel room and taking sports memorabilia at gunpoint, an act that resulted in multiple charges of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, and use of a deadly weapon. He was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison.


Khloé Kardashian

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As one of the ever-notorious Kardashian siblings, nobody was really surprised when Khloé received her 2007 DUI charges. Besides that incident, she was arrested and jailed for stealing her mother’s car at the age of 15, and she was also a suspect in the assault of a transsexual woman outside of a nightclub in 2009.


Mark Wahlberg

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Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Mark Wahlberg received his first civil action at 15 for harassing African-American children, and a year later, he was arrested for beating a middle-aged Vietnamese man nearly to death with a large wooden stick. He also developed a serious cocaine addiction at a very young age and dealt drugs for a source of income. At 19, he decided to clean up his life and joined a band with his older brother, eventually striking out on his own to make it big with his own band: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.


Snoop Dogg

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It should come as no surprise that rap artist Snoop Dogg has been caught several times in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. However, before he began releasing music, the young rapper was in an out of prison for several years and was even an admitted gang member. In 1993, he and his bodyguard were connected to the murder of a rival gang member and brought to trial. Eventually, the shooting was ruled as self-defense, and Snoop Dogg was acquitted of all charges.


Michelle Rodriguez

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American actress Michelle Rodriguez was arrested in Hawaii while filming an episode of Lost in 2006 on the charges of driving under the influence. She received probation and community service; however, less then a year later, she had violated the conditions and faked service forms, resulting in 180 days of jail time.


Bill Cosby

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Although Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations have gained a lot of publicity in recent years, they are certainly not new. His first account of rape occurred in 1965, although nobody came forward until the 1980’s. Since then, 59 women have accused the American entertainer of rape or sexual misconduct, with 44 of the cases involving drug use. In 2016, it was announced that Cosby would see trail before June 5th 2017 and could face up to 10 years imprisonment for each charge against him.


Daniel Baldwin

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The second eldest of the Baldwin brothers, Daniel Baldwin, has a long history of drug usage and drug-related arrests. His first, and perhaps most infamous, was in 1998 when Daniel was caught running naked through the halls of a New York hotel, high on cocaine and shouting the word “Baldwin.”


Christian Slater

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Kicking off his crime career in 1989 with a DUI and the assault of a police officer, actor and producer Christian Slater has since been in and out of jail for drug use, sexual harassment, and even a domestic assault case for which he served a three month prison term.


Martin Sheen

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With a shocking 67 accounts of civil disobedience, trespassing, and disturbing the peace on his record, Martin Sheen has spent his life firmly standing up for his beliefs and protesting problems he sees in the world. At 75-years-old and boasting the most arrests of any Hollywood celebrity in history, Sheen continues to be a passionate and outspoken activist. His most recent arrest was in 2007, following a trespassing on a Nevada nuclear testing facility.


R. Kelly

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American R&B artist R. Kelly has been on rough footing with the law for years now. Besides several accounts of rape and an illegal marriage to a 15-year-old girl, Kelly was also charged with numerous counts of child pornography in 2003, most of which involve Kelly himself performing sexual acts on underage girls.


Marilyn Manson

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Marilyn Manson has always been a strange character, making it no surprise that he has been arrested for charges such as faking a sexual act, impersonating a Catholic bishop, and exposing himself during a performance. One of his strangest accusations, however, came in 2001 when he assaulted a security guard at one of his concerts, reportedly rubbing his crotch and genitalia on the man’s forehead.


Dennis Rodman

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Dennis Rodman is well known for his long career in the NBA; however, he has also had a history of domestic violence. In 1998, Rodman was arrested following a dispute involving his then-wife Carmen Electra, and in both 2003 and 2008, he was charged with separate domestic disturbances, to both of which he plead no contest.


Robert Downey Jr.

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With a Golden Globe and several academy awards under his belt, Robert Downey Jr. is not a lightweight when it comes to acting. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a lightweight when it came to drugs and alcohol either, and in the years of 1996 to 2001, he racked up a number of arrests for possession of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. After spending a number of years in and out of rehab, he seems to have finally straightened out his life, and we all wish him the very best.