Celebrities never seem to escape the limelight these days. They’re worshipped as demi Gods by some and widely adored by many. But it’s easy to forget they fall foul of the law too…
These celebs managed to not fall too far from grace, but we can’t forget that they committed some pretty awful crimes.
In late 1999, Jay-Z was a guest at New York’s Kit Kat Klub with a large entourage in tow. The rapper allegedly stabbed record producer Lance Riviera, who he thought had copied his album “Vol 3… Life and Time Of S. Carter.”
He faced a possible jail time of 15 years, but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge and was given just three years probation instead.
2. Will Smith
Will Smith was allegedly part of a gang in 1989 that assaulted a man, leaving him almost blind. Despite being charged with the incident, he managed to avoid prison because they were eventually dismissed.
3. Mark Wahlberg
At just 16 years of age, he was charged with attempted murder, after he allegedly attacked two Vietnamese men. He got accused of beating one with a wooden stick and punching another in the face- both on the same day.
The young Wahlberg pleaded guilty to assault, but he only served 45 days of a two-year sentence in a correctional unit.
4. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
Back in 2003, Cheryl Tweedy (remember when Girls Aloud were a thing?) was arrested for attacking toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa. Initially, she denied attacking the victim and the jury reached a unanimous not guilty verdict for a racially aggravated assault.
However, they were not able to agree on her other charge of assault. So the judge accepted the majority, which found her guilty. She was sentenced to complete 120 hours of unpaid community service and had to pay the victim £500.
5. Mike Tyson
In 1991, this renowned boxer – who’s more known for his film cameos these days – was arrested after he raped Desiree Washington in Indianapolis.
The victim testified that Tyson invited her to a party and made sexual advances in a limo. Once they arrived at the hotel, she said he pinned her down and raped her.
12 months later, he was finally sentenced to six years in prison and four years of probation- he only served three.
6. Stephen Fry
A national treasure amongst us Brits, Stephen Fry has not been shy in speaking out about his problems with drugs and his mental health.
But before all that, at just 17 years of age, Fry allegedly picked up the coat of a family friend and discovered a credit card in one of the pockets.
After going on a rather extravagant spending spree, blowing wads of cash on expensive hotels amongst other things he was arrested.
Fry was sentenced to three months in prison on remand.
Consider your rose tint glasses officially broken.