Who's the most famous celebrity to get stuck in the pokey? Chris Brown tops our list. In December 2009, Chris Brown was convicted of assault and battery of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Shockingly, Mark Wahlberg also committed a felony - when he was 16 years old, he was convicted for the racially motivated assault and attempted murder of two Vietnamese men. He beat one of them with a wooden stick, and punched the other in the face, knocking both of them unconscious.
As for famous female felons, Martha Stewart is well-known for her 2004 insider trading scandal. She was convicted of felony conspiracy charges, as well as lying to police and obstructing justice. Courtney Love has been charged with two separate felonies; one was a drug possession charge, and the other was for assaulting a woman with a bottle and a metal flashlight.
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In December 2009, Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend, pop singer Rhianna, and was charged with felony assault and criminal threat. He plead guilty at his trial, and was offered a plea deal that allowed him to forgo jail in place of 5 years of formal probation, community service, and domestic violence classes.
Birthplace: Tappahannock, Virginia, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur Singer-songwriter, + more
Credits: Ted, The Bling Ring, Step Up, Rio 2
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In 2003, Courtney Love was convicted of felony drug possession following a painkiller overdose that nearly killed her. A year later in 2004, she was charged with felony assault for attacking a woman with a bottle and a metal flashlight.
Birthplace: California, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Musician, + more
Children: Frances Bean Cobain
Credits: Kurt & Courtney, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Juno, Hit So Hard
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Stephen Fry has always been pretty open about his bipolar disorder, but in 1993 things took a turn for the worse - he stole a family friend's credit card, and went on a spending spree. He was sentenced to three months in prison for theft.
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Businessperson, Poet, Journalist, Television producer Novelist, + more
Major/Field Of Study: English Literature
Credits: QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alice in Wonderland
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Mark Wahlberg is an upstanding member of society now, but he definitely had a rough time growing up. Addicted to cocaine at 13, and involved in a civil suit regarding hate crimes committed by Wahlberg at 15, it was no surprise when he was charged with the attempted murder and assault of two Vietnamese men at age 16. He attacked Thahn Lam first, knocking him unconscious with a large wooden stick while screaming, "Vietnam f*cking sh*t!" Later that day, he attacked Hoa "Johnny" Trihn by punching him in the face. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but only served 45 days due to overcrowding.
In 2014, Wahlberg began trying to get the attacks expunged from his record, claiming that he is a different man now, and would like to be pardoned for his crimes.
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Rapper, Television producer, Musician Film Producer, + more
Children: Ella Rae Wahlberg, Michael Wahlberg, Grace Margaret Wahlberg, Brendan Joseph Wahlberg
Credits: Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor, Prisoners
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In 1990, Snoop Dogg was charged with felony drug possession. In April 2007, he was convicted of two felony counts of drug and gun possession by a convicted felon.
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Rapper, Television producer Musician, + more
Children: Corde Broadus, Cori Broadus, Cordelle Braudus, Julian Corrie Broadus
Credits: Training Day, Turbo, Old School, Brüno
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In 2007, Lil Wayne was charged with criminal possession of drugs and a fire arm, and was sentenced to one year in Rikers Island. In 2008, he was charged with four additional felonies (possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, and possession of drug paraphernalia) when his tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol in Arizona. Police found cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and $22,000 of undeclared cash aboard his tour bus.
Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Hollygrove, Louisiana
Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper Entrepreneur, + more
Major/Field Of Study: Psychology
Children: Cameron Carter, Reginae Carter, Neal Carter, Dwayne Carter III
Credits: Fast & Furious 6, The Interview, The Wrestler, Magic Mike XXL
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In June of 2000, Eminem was convicted for possession of a conceal weapon after he pulled an unloaded gun on Douglas Dail, who worked with the Insane Clown Posse. The next day, Eminem assaulted the bouncer John Guerrera for kissing his wife in the parking lot of the Hot Rock Cafe. Eminem plead guilty to both charges.
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician Film Producer, + more
Children: Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, Alaina Mathers, Whitney Mathers
Credits: 8 Mile, 21 Jump Street, The Longest Yard, The Equalizer
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50 Cent was charged with felony drug possession in 1994 after he tried to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer. Three weeks later, he was arrested again when police searched his home and found heroin, crack, and a pistol. He was sentenced 3-9 years in prison for his crimes, but was allowed to serve out his sentence in a 6 month bootcamp. In 2004, he was charged with three counts of assault and battery after jumping offstage to assault a concert-goer who threw a water bottle at him.
Birthplace: South Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Businessperson, Rapper, Investor, Entrepreneur Film Producer, + more
Children: Marquise Jackson, Sire Jackson
Credits: Spy, Real Steel, Morning Glory, The Hangover
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