52 Famous People Charged With Sex Crimes

Several famous musicians, actors, and athletes have been charged with sex crimes. Some of these celebrities were the victims of false allegations, while others were found guilty of rape and molestation. Which famous people have been accused of sex crimes? Whether indecent exposure as part of a prank, or much more serious crimes that left a lasting effect on their victims, like sexual assault, these celebrities have all been accused of some kind of sex crime.

Who is the most famous person who was charged with a sex crime? Bill Cosby was one of the celebrities exposed. Dozens of women have accused the performer of drugging and assaulting them over the years.There are other celebs accused of sexual assault and reported to be predators, like Danny Masterson and Roman Polansky. 

The Doors singer Jim Morrison, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, and many other musicians have all been charged with indecent exposure, as well as a few famous actors. In short, there's a surprising amount of celebrities accused of sexual assault and other similar crimes — just take a look below.

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  • Jerry Harris

    Jerry Harris

    Jerry Harris, who gained celebrity on the Netflix docuseries Cheer, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on July 6, 2022, for soliciting sex from minors and pressuring young boys to send him inappropriate photos and videos.

    In February 2022, Harris pleaded guilty to two charges for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in the bathroom during a cheer competition, and for paying a 17-year-old to send him sexually explicit photos and videos via Snapchat, per court records. He admitted to similar conduct involving other minors, but those charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

    Harris had initially been arrested in September 2020, an event which sparked others to share their own accounts of abuse in the world of competitive cheerleading.

  • R. Kelly
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

    R. Kelly was charged with statutory rape and child pornography in 2002 after a video surfaced that appeared to show Kelly having sex and urinating on an underage girl. After several delays, Kelly was found not guilty in 2008.

    In 2019, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of "aggravated criminal sexual [misconduct]" involving girls between the ages of 13 and 16. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx urged victims to come forward after a 2018 documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. At least two women reportedly responded. 

    In September 2021, R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering, including acts of bribery and sexual exploitation of a child, along with separate sex trafficking charges.

  • Kyle Massey
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    Former Disney Channel star Kyle Massey was charged with a felony in June 2021 for allegedly sending pornographic photos to a 13-year-old girl. This is tied to his 2019 civil lawsuit, in which the child in question is sued him for $1.5 million for allegedly sending “numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos” via Snapchat.

  • Ron Jeremy
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

    On June 23, 2020, adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged with three counts of rape by the Los Angeles District Attorney. In addition to being charged with raping three women, the 67-year-old was separately charged with the assault of a fourth. The assault allegedly took place in 2014, while the rapes were dated between 2017 and 2019.

    Jeremy was set to be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson. Thompson was also prosecuting Harvey Weinstein at the time. Jeremy has asserted his innocence on all counts.