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.
Bill Cosby, the lovable comedian and TV star, faced numerous accusations from women, many of whom were seeking career guidance, who claimed that he drugged and sexually assaulted them. The allegations reach back to the 1970s, with many surfacing in 2014. Cosby denied the allegations and refused to answer questions from reporters on the topic. Among the women who have accused Cosby is supermodel Janice Dickinson.
Cosby, 77, was initially not convicted or even tried for any of the accusations, but his reputation certainly suffered in the direct aftermath. Both Netflix and NBC postponed or canceled projects with Cosby, and TV Land removed reruns of The Cosby Show from their lineup.
In April 2018, Cosby was tried for the 2004 rape of a woman named Andrea Constand. He was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and faces up to 10 years in prison.
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Mel Gibson took a plea deal to avoid facing felony charges of battery in 2011 after he admitted to slapping ex Oksana Grigorieva. In court documents, the actor said, "I slapped Oksana one time with an open hand in an attempt to bring her back to reality." In 2014, he returned to court to have his no-contest plea expunged from his record.
He has also been charged with DUIs on multiple occasions.
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Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning was accused of attacking her longtime makeup artist, Holly Hartman, on several occasions. Hartman claims that Manning headbutted her, sprayed Windex in her eyes and mouth, and whipped her with a wet towel. In the same outburst, Manning dared Hartman to stab her, yelling, "Pick a knife. I’m wearing a white shirt — there will be a lot of blood. You will be famous for killing Taryn Manning.”Ultimately, the restraining order was not granted on a technicality - Hartman filed it in California even though the attacks took place in NYC. Manning's legal team said the accusations were false, and that Hartman was actually under investigation for stalking Manning.
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