Mark Wahlberg, Robert Downey Jr and Other Celebrities Who Committed Crimes
Celebrities are admired and adulated, but they are no different from other people, and some of them have committed crimes and served prison sentences.
Movie stars and entertainers are no different from the average Joe. They live, love, and make mistakes, and some of them cross the line into criminal behavior and get to suffer the consequences.
Among the celebrities who have been charged with serious crimes are actors, singers, comedians, and producers -- and they are some of the most respected and successful people in the entertainment industry.
Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg is a highly respected actor and family man, but back in 1988, when he was 16, he was jailed for beating up two Vietnamese men and hurling racist slurs at them.
He was sent to jail, where he served 45 days, but in 1992, he was once again arrested for kicking his neighbor in the head. Since then, Wahlberg has become a star, shares four children with his wife Rhea Durham, and has tried to have his crimes expunged.
Weinstein was denounced by actresses Ashley Judd, Roseanne Arquette, and Rose McGowan for sexual assault.
Grammy-award winner Lil' Kim is a rap icon, but in 2005, she served out a year's sentence in prison. While many in the industry are jailed for drug-related offenses, Kim was convicted for perjury and conspiracy.
At the trial of one of her managers and her bodyguard for a shooting outside at a radio station, Kim testified that the two men -- Damion Butler and Suif Jackson -- were not present. The defense presented a video showing all three together, and Kim ended up in jail.
Comedian Bill Cosby was easily one of the world's most respected and beloved entertainers, the loving father and perfect husband in "The Cosby Show." Decades later, it became known that Cosby had been assaulting women for decades.
Although there were dozens of accusers, Cosby was charged and convicted for assaulting only Andrea Constand and is currently serving a three-to-ten-year prison sentence. Cosby admitted to drugging women with quaaludes but has maintained his innocence.
"Last Man Standing" star Tim Allen is one of America's most popular comedians, and he even played Santa in the "Santa Clause" trilogy. But back in 1978, what he was carrying in his bag wasn't toys or candy.
Allen was found in possession of 650 grams of cocaine and was accused of drug trafficking. Allen cut a deal with the prosecutors, named other drug dealers, and ended up serving two-and-a-half years in prison.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
"Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. saw his brilliant career derailed in the 90s when he succumbed to alcohol and drug addiction. In 1996, the police stopped him for speeding and found cocaine, heroin, and a gun in his car.
Downey was convicted and given probation conditional to drug testing. After several violations of the conditions of his probation, Downey served out a three-year prison term. Downey has been sober since 2003 and received a pardon from the Governor of California.
Actor and former football star O.J. Simpson was the defendant in one of the most notorious high-profile double-murder trials in US history. Simpson was found not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
Simpson lost the wrongful death civil trial and had to pay millions in compensation. He ended up serving nine years out of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping after he stole sports memorabilia at gunpoint in a Las Vegas casino.
For decades, Harvey Weinstein of Miramax was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, the producer of many Academy Award-winning films, including "Shakespeare in Love," "Gangs of New York," "Pulp Fiction," "Gold," and "The Upside."
Weinstein was denounced by actresses Ashley Judd, Roseanne Arquette, and Rose McGowan for sexual assault, which led to legal proceedings in New York. Weinstein is currently serving out a 23-year sentence and faces charges in Los Angeles.
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