We look at celebrities as role models, but many famous people have been accused of horrible crimes. Some of these famous folks found themselves on the wrong side of the law when they were young, while others got into trouble later in life.
Mean Girls actress Lindsay Lohan has quite a long rap sheet. She was charged with felony grand theft in 2011 and felony drug charges in 2007. She has spent time in the Los Angeles County Jail on three separate occasions. Snoop Dogg has been charged with drug possession five times. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in 2006. He was also charged with murder in 1993, but was acquitted in 1996.
Mark Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder in 1987 after he beat two different men, leaving one blind in one eye. He pleaded guilty to assault and served 45 days at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction. Rapper Tupac Shakur served 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man with a baseball bat in 1993. He was also convicted of sexual battery in 1993, after a woman claimed she was raped by Shakur and his entourage. He said he was innocent and had consensual sex with the woman.
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On August 15, 2022, A$AP Rocky was charged with two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm with allegations of personally using a firearm from an altercation with a former friend in November 2021, according to prosecutors.
The rapper allegedly pointed a gun at onetime “A$AP Mob” rap collective member A$AP Relli, before later firing twice in his direction.
“Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that could have ended with tragic consequences, not only for the person targeted, but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said.
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Kanye West (or Ye) was named as a suspect in a battery investigation in Los Angeles on January 13, 2022, for allegedly punching a fan.
The incident reportedly occurred at about 3 am in downtown Los Angeles, outside of members-only club Soho Warehouse, per LAPD spokesperson Redina Puentes.
TMZ reported that said police sources said the incident is being investigated as misdemeanor battery, which carries a maximum jail sentence of six months.
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In 2020, Drew Drechsel of American Ninja Warrior, was arrested and charged with multiple child-sex-related crimes, including manufacture of child pornography, enticement of a minor to travel for illicit sexual conduct, travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and use of interstate commerce to entice a minor.
According to TMZ in October 2019, Jeremy Renner's ex-wife Sonni Pacheco alleged in legal documents that the Marvel star talked about killing her while drunk and high on cocaine. He allegedly told someone while out at a club that he "could not deal with her [Pacheco] anymore, and he just wanted her gone." The documents also allege that later the same night Renner put a gun in his mouth and threatened to kill himself, firing the gun into the ceiling, while their daughter Ava was asleep in her bedroom. Pacheco also claimed Renner, who she said has a drug problem, once left cocaine out on a bathroom counter that his young daughter could have reached.
Pacheco alleged their nanny overhead Renner saying he planned to kill his ex-wife and himself because "it was better that Ava had no parents than to have [Pacheco] as a mother." Texts acquired by TMZ show Renner seemingly refusing to give Pacheco and their daughter their passports, even though they had planned a family trip.