Arrests 20 Craziest Rock Star Arrests  

Sean Kelly
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The best rock stars have a history of bad behavior. Living in a world surrounded by drugs, alcohol, and partying is an invitation to trouble, and even the biggest musicians in the world haven't been able to avoid run-ins with the law. Wild stories about Axl Rose, Keith Moon, and others often start with partying and end with the boys in blue.

There is a long history of rock stars getting arrested for the craziest things, not just drug-related. Some are not entirely surprising, but you might be shocked to learn what some musicians did to end up in handcuffs.


GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Craziest Rock Star Arrests
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GG Allin is one of the most disturbing figures in music history - something well documented over the years. In Ann Arbor, MI, in the late '80s, a female fan claimed that Allin sexually assaulted her - something the musician denied, while ultimately admitting that he did burn her and drank her blood.

Authorities arrested Allin for the incident - one of more than 50 alleged arrests throughout his life. He served a year and a half in prison. 

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Phil Spector is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Craziest Rock Star Arrests
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Phil Spector, one of the most highly regarded music producers of the '60s, was also known as an unstable maniac - something confirmed when he shot and killed actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Spector denied killing her, but was found guilty during the sensational trial. He was sentenced to 19 years to life after a lengthy trial that ended in 2009.

"All of our plans together are destroyed," Clarkson's mother said in a statement read in court. "Now, I can only visit her at the cemetery."

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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Craziest Rock Star Arrests
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Culture Club singer Boy George had a truly bizarre run-in with the law in 2007, when he was arrested for imprisoning a male escort. The singer and the model had engaged in a naked photo shoot and shared cocaine before Boy George accused the escort, named Audun Carlsen, of hacking into his computer and handcuffed him to a wall fixture before beating him with whips and chains. Carlsen escaped after wrenching himself free and fleeing into the streets.

Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the strange ordeal. He was released for good behavior after serving four months.

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Ian Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Craziest Rock Star Arrests
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During a flight to Manchester in 1998, Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown grew angry with a flight attendant, threatening to cut off their hand, before running up to the cockpit door and banging on it.

Brown was arrested for the bizarre incident and sentenced to four months in jail. He served two months before being released.

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