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Celebrities Who Have Been Charged With Domestic Abuse

Updated October 4, 2019 1.1m views84 items


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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    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.


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      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.

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      • In 2009, Chris Brown was arrested for beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammy Awards. Brown has a history of violence, and in 2013, he was arrested after punching a man in the face for wanting a picture with him.


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          In 2011, Nicolas Cage was arrested for domestic battery and disturbing the peace. Cage reportedly pushed his wife outside of a tattoo shop and punched some cars that were nearby.


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