Half of Hollywood seems to have a criminal record for one offense or another. Here is the top 15 celebrities who have a criminal record. Some I have chosen because of the seriousness of the offense, and others because they managed to get themselves arrested over something hilarious. Many of them have drug-related offenses and certainly would have benefited more from watching addiction recovery videos than starring in crappy movies that fed their addictions.
15 – Christian Slater
Arrested for: carrying a loaded gun without a license at JFK airport in 1994.
14 - 50 Cent
Arrested for: selling heroin and crack cocaine. 50 Cent spent 6 months in jail and was also later sentenced to two years probation for battery and assault.
13 – Jay-Z
Arrested for: stabbing a record executive while at a nightclub in New York City.
12 - Lindsay Lohan
Arrested for: possession of Cocaine x 2, transporting narcotics and driving under the influence. She was sentenced to one day in jail, 10 days of community service and three years on probation.
11 – Bill Gates
Arrested for: driving without a license (twice, first in 1975, and again in 1977) and the first time, he was speeding.
10 – Frank Sinatra
Arrested for: having a sexual relationship with a married woman in 1938. The charge was later changed to adultery and eventually dismissed due to its ridiculousness.
9 – Hugh Grant
Arrested for: trying to avail of a prostitute’s services. The time he spent with Divine Brown has become a well known story.
8 – George Michael
Arrested for: masturbating in a public bathroom. A plain clothed policeman found him in a park restroom. He later pleaded guilty to the offense, and was fined $800, given 80 hours community service, must attend sexual counseling meetings and banned from the park. No mugshot available – unfortunately!
7 - Al Pacino
Arrested for: being crazy in 1961. Pacino was pulled over and the officers found him, along with 2 others wearing black gloves and masks. They were also carrying a loaded gun. Doesn’t he look a bit like Robert Pattinson in his mugshot?!
6 – Nick Nolte
Arrested for: driving under the influence of drugs in 2002. You can tell by his shirt and hair that he certainly wasn’t thinking straight. He was sentenced to probation, drug counseling and random drug testing. Strangely, they didn’t refer him to a better stylist.
5 – R Kelly
Arrested for: having sexual intercourse with a minor, and being in possession of child pornography. He was later found not guilty of 14 counts of video taping himself with a 14 year old girl, despite there being evidence in video tape form.
4 – Robert Downey Jr
Arrested for: drunk driving, as well as possession of cocaine, heroin, crack and a Magnum revolver in 1996. He was also arrested in 2000 again for cocaine when his hotel room was searched, and again in 2001 for driving under the influence. He also trespassed into a neighbour’s home and fell asleep in one of the beds. Ah, the crazy things those damn drugs make you do.
3 – Paris Hilton
Arrested for: driving under the influence in 2006. Her license was taken from her and she was put on probation for 36 months. In 2007, Paris was arrested twice for driving without a license and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. She spent 22 days in jail before being released.
2 - Marilyn Manson
Arrested for: sexual assault. Manson was charged after he rubbed his pelvis on the head of a security guard. Who knows what inspired him to do so!
1 – OJ Simpson
Arrested for: murder. OJ was charged with the murder of his wife and her friend in 1994. He was previously charged with beating his wife five years earlier. In 1995 the trail went ahead and the verdict was shown on live TV. He was found not guilty of the two murders. In 1997 he was found liable for the death of both women and was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages.