Emmy Award winners, Oscar winners, and World Series MVPs have all been arrested for domestic violence. Some cases involve repeat offenders, while others were one-time incidents in which the charges of domestic abuse were later dropped.
Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges in 1996 and 2009. Other famous actors who have been charged with domestic abuse include Mel Gibson, Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, James Brown, and Sean Penn.
Some famous women have also been charged with domestic abuse. In 1998, Carmen Electra and then-husband Dennis Rodman were involved in a domestic incident in which they were both taken to prison. Emma Roberts was charged with domestic abuse and assault when she allegedly bloodied the face of her boyfriend, actor Evan Peters. Roberts's father, Eric Roberts, also has a history of domestic violence.
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Devin Ratray, known for playing Buzz in the Home Alone films, was charged with punching and strangling his girlfriend, reportedly after she gave away his autograph for free. He was arrested in Oklahoma on December 22, 2021, on a warrant for two charges of domestic assault and battery.
Police told Fox News that Ratray "turned himself in and was processed” before being released on $25,000 bond.
The attack reportedly happened earlier in December 2021, when the actor was in Oklahoma City as a guest for Pop Christmas Con.
Stacey Dash was arrested on September 29, 2019, for allegedly slapping and pushing her husband during a heated argument in New Port Richey, FL.
The Clueless star posted bail on September 30, 2019, and was released that morning. She entered a written plea of not guilty for the domestic battery charge, according to documents filed in Pasco County Circuit Court on October 2, 2019.
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In 2010, Mel Gibson pleaded no contest in a battery charge regarding his then wife Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson was also arrested in 2006 for drunk driving, the charge was associated with Gibson's now infamous anti-Semitic tirade.
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Milk star Sean Penn was arrested for the domestic assault of then-wife Madonna. Penn also served 33 days in prison for an incident in which he punched a photographer.
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Emma Roberts was arrested for domestic violence for beating up her boyfriend Evan Peters in Canada. The couple both starred on American Horror Story: Coven.
In October 2016, then 19-year-old rapper XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and witness-tampering. The rapper denied the allegations and claimed the woman in question was actually beaten by another woman and wasn't pregnant at the time.
The victim released an extensive testimony outlining the alleged abuse. She claimed that two weeks after moving in with Onfroy, he smacked her and broke her phone because she complimented another man on his jewelry. She then said he made her pick between a "barbeque pitchfork" and a "barbeque cleaner," as one of them would be going inside her. He ultimately did not penetrate her with either, but she said she passed out as he was dragging the pitchfork between her thighs.
The woman also claimed he threatened to kill her daily once they moved to Orlando, FL, in summer 2016. She alleged that Onfroy head-butted her, stomped her, punched her, held her under running water, and tackled her on various occasions.
In September 2016, after a brief stint in jail, the woman said Onfroy put a knife to her neck after learning she had been with another man. When the couple discovered they were pregnant in October 2016, Onfroy once again threatened her about the other man she had been with, allegedly saying, "You need to tell me the truth right now or I'll kill you and this jit." ("Jit" referring to the unborn child.)
He then allegedly beat her again. A few weeks later, she ran away and went to the Miami Beach police department. In October 2018, months after his death, an audio recording was released that allegedly has the rapper admitting to beating his girlfriend.