People we watch on television – musicians, actors, artists, sports stars – are often the people that many kids look up to while they’re growing up. Nevertheless, many of them make mistakes that sometimes get them into trouble with the law. Some of them manage to beat the rap due to their celebrity status, but some of them don’t get off as lightly. We made a list of those celebrities who got caught red-handed – check it out and see if any of your role models are on it.
The 2000s teen movie star, Amanda Bynes, went off the rails in 2010s. After getting pulled over for allegedly talking on the phone while 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. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of her legal troubles.
The famous rapper proved that it’s possible to make it from prison bars to the stars. One part of 50 Cent’s story was told in the semi-autobiographic film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and it is a well-known fact that he 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 seemed to had wanted to be the pride of Slytherin House in real life as well. During the London riots in 2012, Jamie Waylett was found in possession of a Molotov cocktail and pot. He received a 12-month sentence for handling stolen goods and a two-year term for violent disorder.
Danny Trejo’s rise to fame had quite a few twists and turns along the way, but it also explains how he manages to portray badasses in movies as well as he does. During the 1960s, Trejo was imprisoned for 11 years on several charges, including burglary, assault, and drug possession. He even did one part of his prison time at the infamous San Quentin State Prison.
Even though he was one of the biggest pop-stars at the time, it seems that Paul McCartney 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. He was released after 9 days, which was, according to the Japanese police, enough time for him to learn his lesson.
Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit television series “24,” and the son of Donald Sutherland, 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. Upon his release, he had to undergo an 18-month alcohol education program and attend weekly therapy sessions.