22 Celebrities You’d Forgotten Have Criminal Records

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1. Will Smith — aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy.

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Will Smith was arrested in 1989 after being involved in an assault so serious one man was left nearly blind.

He was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy. However, the charges were later dismissed.

2. Matthew Broderick — careless driving.

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Matthew Broderick was involved in a car accident in 1987 while holidaying in Northern Ireland. He crossed into the wrong lane and collided head-on with another vehicle, which killed the driver and their passenger immediately.

At the time he was charged with death by dangerous driving but was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving. He was fined $175, which the victims’ family labeled a “travesty of justice.”

3. Tim Allen — cocaine possession, drunk driving.

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Tim Allen was arrested in 1978 at the age of 25 for possessing more than 650 grams of cocaine. He actually ended up going to prison as a result, and served two and a half years.

He was later arrested in 1997 for driving under the influence and was sentenced to a year’s probation as well as a period of alcohol rehab.

4. Mark Wahlberg — initially charged with attempted murder.

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When he was 16. Mark Wahlberg attacked two Vietnamese men with a wooden stick, leaving one of them blind in one eye.

He was charged with attempted murder, but pled guilty to assault and was sentenced to two years in prison, of which he served 45 days.

5. Bill Gates — driving without a license and speeding.

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Bill Gates was arrested in 1975 for driving without a license and speeding.

He was arrested for a second time in 1977 for driving without a license and not stopping at a stop sign.

6. Nick Pickard — drink driving.

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The Hollyoaks actor was arrested in 2012 for drink driving.

He pled guilty, was fined £850 and given a 12 month driving ban.

7. Khloe Kardashian — drink driving.

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She may be perfectly preened and polished these days, but back in 2007 Khloe was arrested and sentenced to three years’ probation after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

She went on to break the terms of her probation and was sentenced to 30 days in jail the following year, but only served three hours because of overcrowding.

8. Jay Z — stabbing.

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Back in 1999, just as he was finding fame, Jay Z was involved in an altercation in a nightclub where he ended up stabbing a record executive in the stomach.

He pled guilty to an assault charge and got three years’ probation.

9. Kiefer Sutherland — drunk driving.

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Kiefer Sutherland has been arrested four times for driving under the influence of alcohol, first in 1989, then in 1993, 2004 and 2007.

The arrest in 2007 occurred after he made an illegal U-turn, and he served 48 days in jail as a result.

10. Matthew McConaughey – drug possession.

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Matthew McConaughey was arrested in 1999 and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a neighbour made a noise complaint.

The police found Matthew dancing naked at his home and claimed that after searching his house, they found illegal substances.

The drug charges were eventually dropped, but he pled guilty to the noise offence and paid a $50 fine.

11. Stephanie Pratt — shoplifting and drug posession.

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Stephanie Pratt ran into trouble with the law before she found fame on The Hills.

In 2006 when she was then 20 years old, Stephanie and a friend were arrested for shoplifting more than $1,300 worth of clothing. They were charged with second-degree theft and taken to police headquarters where their bags were searched and drugs were found.

Stephanie was charged with ”promoting a dangerous drug” and ”promoting a harmful drug”. Dangerous drugs are classed as ”those that can cause the most bodily damage to a person and include such drugs as morphine and heroin”.

During her time on The Hills, Stephanie ran into more trouble and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She agreed to a 30 day course of alcohol rehab.

12. Chace Crawford — drug possession.

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Chace was arrested in 2010 and charged with drug possession after police found a marijuana joint on his person during a body search.

He was given a years’ probation and carried out 80 hours of community service.

13. Vanilla Ice — possession of a firearm, assault and battery.

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Vanilla Ice has had several brushes with the law. He was arrested in 1991 on a firearm charge after threatening a homeless man with a pistol.

In 2001 he was arrested for assaulting his wife, admitting to pulling some of her hair out. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, was sentenced to probation and completed a run of family therapy sessions.

He was arrested for a third time in 2008 and charged with battery after allegedly kicking and hitting his wife. He was released after a day when his wife confirmed that he’d only pushed her. He was ordered to stay away from his wife, but later that year the case was dropped.

14. 50 Cent — drug dealing, assault and battery.

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In 1994, aged 19, 50 Cent pleaded guilty to selling heroin and crack cocaine. He served six months in a boot camp prison.

Later, in 2002, he was sentenced to two years’ probation for assault and battery.

15. Woody Harrelson — disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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Woody Harrelson was arrested in 1982 for disorderly conduct after dancing in the middle of a street. He was also charged with resisting arrest. He avoided jail by paying a fine.

16. Amelle Berrabah — drunk driving.

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The Sugababes singer was arrested in 2010 for drunk driving, after being over the limit following a night of drinking with friends.

She admitted the charges in court and was banned from driving for 14 months as well as paying a £2,000 fine.

17. Marilyn Manson — sexual misconduct.

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Marilyn Manson was charged with sexual misconduct against a security officer, after being accused of rubbing his crotch against the man’s head.

He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and paid a $4,000 fine.

18. Christian Slater — drunk driving, assault, possession of a firearm, sexual assault.

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The actor was first arrested in 1989 for drunk driving, then again in 1997 for assaulting a girlfriend while intoxicated.

He was arrested again in 1997 after attempting to board a flight while in posession of a loaded gun.

And in 2005, Christian was charged with third-degree sexual assault after grabbing a woman’s bum on the street.

19. Bruno Mars — drug possession.

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Before he shot to fame, Bruno Mars was arrested in 2010 for cocaine possession.

He pled guilty, paid a $2,000 fine, completed 200 hours of community service and completed a course of drug counselling.

20. Cheryl Cole — ABH.

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Just a few weeks after winning her place in Girls Aloud, Cheryl Cole was arrested following an altercation with a bathroom attendant in a nightclub.

Cheryl was initially charged with racially aggravated assault. The racially aggravated charge was eventually dropped, but Cheryl was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

She completed 120 hours of community service.

21. Carmen Electra — assault and battery.

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Carmen Electra was arrested back in 1999 under her real name Tara Patrick.

She was arrested for battering her then-husband Dennis Rodman and they were both ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from each other.

22. Stephen Fry — credit card fraud.

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Stephen Fry was arrested aged 17 after stealing a family friend’s credit card and, as he puts it, ”going ape” with expenditure for three months.

He spent three months in prison on remand.

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