When celebrities are caught with drugs, it can spell disaster for their career. Some stars are able to put it behind them (and are offered ample opportunities), while others are thrust out of the spotlight. Athletes can generally chalk up their bad decisions to the mounting pressure to keep up, while celebs are forced to think of a convincing justification. That said, drug use and abuse is a serious crime, and when the chips are down and they're facing prison time, it can be difficult to think of a decent excuse. That's when the celebrity and their public relations crew have to get creative.
Attempting to keep a straight face while boldly lying to a police officer is perhaps the toughest bit of acting these celebrities have ever undertaken.
Tatum O'Neal suffered from drug addiction from an early age, but she had been making progress in staying sober. However, in June 2008, she was apprehended by police while attempting to purchase crack cocaine. She allegedly asked the officer if he knew who she was before insisting that the deal was research for a movie role.
When she appeared in court, O'Neal thanked the police for saving her and insisted that the death of her 16-year-old dog - who passed away from cancer - had triggered her. She later pled guilty to her charges of disorderly conduct and was ordered to attend two half-days of drug treatment.
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Lindsay Lohan was arrested in July 2007 after police were alerted to a verbal altercation involving her and another woman. Lohan had been following the woman before she cornered her in the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot and started yelling at her.
Lohan's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, leading to her arrest. During a search of her person at that point, police found cocaine in her pants pocket. She claimed the pants did not belong to her and that it was not hers.see more on Lindsay Lohan
In the early morning of December 11, 2006, motorists reported that a black Mercedes-Benz was traveling against oncoming traffic on the Southern California freeway. When police responded, they found Nicole Richie sitting in her vehicle and talking on her phone.
Richie informed the officers that she was trying to follow a friend when she got lost. She also admitted to taking a Vicodin and smoking cannabis prior to her arrest for driving under the influence. She later told friends that she used the narcotic pill with the illegal cannabis to help relieve menstrual cramps. She was sentenced to 96 hours in jail but only served 82 minutes.see more on Nicole Richie
Paris Hilton and her then-boyfriend Cy Waits were pulled over in August 2010 when police thought they smelled cannabis smoke wafting from the vehicle. Waits failed the roadside sobriety test and was arrested. Hilton searched her purse for lip balm and accidentally dropped a bag containing .08 grams of cocaine out of it. She told police that it wasn't her purse, she had borrowed it from a friend, and that she thought the bag of cocaine was gum.
Hilton was arrested and later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession and obstructing an officer for lying about the purse's owner. She received one year of probation.see more on Paris Hilton