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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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    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. 

    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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    In 2016, Amber Heard filed for a restraining order against (and a divorce from) her husband, Johnny Depp. The two had been married for less than two years when the actress claimed he smashed a iPhone into her face during an argument. According to sources in the police department, the two had been fighting at their Los Angeles home.

    Depp allegedly smashed several objects while yelling. Heard was on the phone with a friend at the time, and yelled "Call the cops!" as Depp grabbed the phone from her.

    During the divorce hearing, which Depp did not attend, Heard said she would be seeking spousal support. She was sporting a significant facial bruise at the time. A spokesperson for the Pirates of the Caribbean star said, “Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life.”

    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Gender: Male

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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.


    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America
    • Gender: Male

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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.


    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Gender: Male

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