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45+ Famous People Charged With Sex Crimes

Updated February 24, 2021 1.6m views50 items

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 tops the list. Dozens of women have accused the performer of drugging and assaulting them over the years. 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.

After you are done reading this list of Hollywood sex offenders, head on over and check out the list of famous people who have committed murder.

  • Ron Jeremy

    Ron Jeremy

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    On June 23, 2020, adult film star Ron Jeremy (born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt) 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 innocent on all counts.


  • Danny Masterson

    BirthplaceAlbertson, New York, USA

    In 2020, former “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson was charged with raping three women. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced that the crimes had occurred between 2001 and 2003, with the victims including two 23-year-olds and a 28-year old (at the time).

    Masterson had been under investigation for sexual misconduct since 2016. The District Attorney’s office also mentioned in their statement that they declined to press charges against Masterson in another two cases (due to insufficient evidence).


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  • Bill Cosby

    Bill Cosby

    Age: 83

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    In 2004, Bill Cosby was accused of sexual misconduct by 13 different women. The civil lawsuit claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted the women. Cosby settled with undisclosed terms.

    In April 2018, Cosby was tried for the 2004 rape of a woman named Andrea Constand. He was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and faces up to 10 years in prison. 


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  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceChicago, 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. 

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  • CeeLo Green

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    In 2012, CeeLo Green was accused of sexually assaulting a woman whom he had eaten dinner with in Los Angeles. The LA District Attorney did not have enough evidence to bring rape charges, and Green was later charged with furnishing a controlled substance. He pled not guilty.


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  • Bryan Singer

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    In 2014, X-Men director Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a male teenager. The accuser has since filed additional lawsuits against other prominent members of the entertainment industry. Singer was also charged with raping a 17-year-old boy in 2017; the incident allegedly occurred in 2003.

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  • Gary Glitter

    BirthplaceBanbury, United Kingdom

    Musician Gary Glitter was convicted of child pornography in 1999 and child molestation in 2006. He was sentenced to three years in prison.


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  • Sean Penn

    Sean Penn

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    In 1988, Sean Penn was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving his then-wife Madonna. Allegedly, Penn tied Madonna to a chair and gagged her before leaving the house to get alcohol. When he returned, he is rumored to have only untied the singer when she agreed to perform sexual acts.


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  • Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceShawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Brad Pitt was charged with indecent exposure in 1988 for an incident in which the Fight Club actor allegedly mooned drivers on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.


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  • Roman Polanski

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Director Roman Polanski was charged with statutory rape, sodomy, and child molestation after he had consensual sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl. Most of the charges were dropped and Polanski pled guilty to statutory rape. The sentence was set to be probation, but when Polanski learned that the judge wanted to cause a media storm by sentencing him to jail time, he fled the United States.


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  • Mike Tyson

    Mike Tyson

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceBedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Mike Tyson was convicted of a rape charge in 1992 after sexually assaulting 18-year-old Desiree Washington, who was the reigning Miss Black Rhode Island at the time. Tyson served three years in prison for the crime.


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  • Jim Morrison

    Jim Morrison

    Dec. at 28 (1943-1971)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Florida, United States of America

    In 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure after performing a concert in Miami with The Doors. He was later convicted and avoided jail time by paying a $50,000 bond.


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  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde

    Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

    BirthplaceIreland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

    Writer Oscar Wilde was convicted of sodomy and indecent acts in 1895. He spent two years in prison.


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  • Tupac Shakur

    Tupac Shakur

    Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Tupac Shakur was charged with sexual battery and sodomy in 1993. Shakur admitted to having consensual sexual relations with the woman who accused him of the assault and was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse.


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  • Tommy Lee

    Tommy Lee

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was charged with indecent exposure after he dropped his pants while taking a bow at a 1990 concert. He was fined $1,647 for the incident.


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  • Nelly


    Age: 45

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

    Rapper Nelly was arrested in October 2017 while on tour in Washington state. He was booked for second-degree rape following an encounter that allegedly took place on his tour bus. Nelly was quickly released, and tweeted that he is "completely innocent."

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  • Anthony Kiedis

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis was charged with indecent exposure and sexual battery after performing a concert in 1989. He paid a fine for the indecent exposure charge and appealed the sexual battery charge.


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  • Marilyn Manson

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Marilyn Manson was charged with indecent exposure in 1994 and was charged with sexual misconduct in 2001 by a male security officer. The charges were later reduced to disorderly conduct and Manson paid a fine of $4,000.

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  • Paul Reubens

    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

    In 1991, Paul Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure while he was at an adult movie theater. In 2003, Reubens was charged with child pornography, but the charge was later reduced to obscenity.


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  • Jerry Lawler

    In 1993, former professional wrestler Jerry Lawler was charged with rape and sodomy of a 15-year-old girl. The charges were later dropped when the accuser admitted that she made up the story.


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    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested for indecent exposure in 1996.


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  • Jim Brown

    Jim Brown

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceSt. Simons, Georgia, USA

    NFL player Jim Brown was charged with rape and sexual assault in 1985. The charges were later dropped.


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  • Woody Allen

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Woody Allen has been suspected of having sexual relations with minors since 1992, when Allen was found with nude photos of his partner Mia Farrow's 20-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. Allen and Soon-Yi were married in 1997. In 2014,  Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, accused Allen of sexual assault.


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  • John Travolta

    BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey, United States of America

    In 2009, a cruise ship worker claimed that John Travolta sexually assaulted him. The man says that Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and later offered the man $12,000 to keep quiet. Travolta denies all allegations.


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  • Britney Spears

    BirthplaceMcComb, Mississippi, United States of America

    In 2012, Britney Spears was accused of sexual harassment by former body guard, Fernando Flores. He claimed the pop star flashed him and invited him into her bedroom while she was nude.


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