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. This list of celebrities accused of horrible crimes has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity.
Who is the most famous person who has been accused of a horrible crime? 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 he 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 that she was raped by Shakur and his entourage. He said that he was innocent and that he had consensual sex with the woman.Are you surprised that so many famous people have been accused of horrible crimes? Share your thoughts about these accused celebrity felons in the comments section.
In May 2016, actress Amber Heard filed for a divorce and restraining order from actor Johnny Depp. Heard alleged that Depp physically and emotionally abused her throughout the entirety of their brief marriage. Heard even detailed an incident in which Depp took her cell phone and smacked her across the face with it. Heard documented her purported injuries from the incident with photos.
The two have been in-and-out of divorce proceedings for several months, but have recently come to a settlement. Heard received $7 million from Depp, which she then donated the entirety of to charity.
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America
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The oldest of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting brood, Josh Duggar was accused of child molestation. According to reports, Duggar fondled five young girls while he was a teenager. Instead of going immediately to the police, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, first conferred with church elders and sent Josh to a family friend to help straighten him out. They didn't tell police until more than a year later.
In 2015, the news finally broke. Josh released a statement saying, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."Read more:
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In August 2015, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle pleaded guilty to having sex with minors (two teenage girls) and obtaining child pornography. The prosecutor in the case described it as a "five-year criminal scheme to exploit children," and, thanks to a plea deal, it comes with a jail sentence of five to 12.5 years.
In addition, Fogle agreed to pay $100,000 to each victim to help with counseling and support. Subway (obviously) ended their relationship with the famous pitchman.
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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.
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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