Being a Hollywood star does not protect you from the law of the state and even the rich and famous can land up in trouble with the law from time to time. Here are ten stories of criminal inquiries against celebrities in court:
1. Robert Downey Jr
It seems that the Iron Man was not always as we see him today. In his younger days, Robert Downy Jr had a lot of trouble with drugs like heroin and cocaine which saw him in court a number of times. In 1999, he was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison. However, this sentence was brought down to a year of rehab at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison. In December 1997, he was sent to jail for 6 months for violating parole on a previous drug sentence.
2. Michael Jackson
In 2005, Michael Jackson was charged with 14 counts which included molesting a minor, drugging a minor and holding a minor captive. Jackson pleaded innocent on all the 14 counts and had claimed that although he had befriended and had slept in the same room with the 13-year-old, he had not molested or drugged him. The case ended up with Jackson being found not guilty of all the fourteen charges.
3. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey, as we know her, is the most loved talk show host on Television. However in 1998, Texas cattlemen sued her claiming that a broadcast of her show in 1996 hurt their business. On that show, Oprah had a conversation about the mad cow disease that broke out in England which, the Texas cattlemen claimed, had damaged the beef industry. The trial ended with Oprah being exonerated.
4. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has had quite many run-ins with the court on accounts of drug possession, driving under influence and driving on a suspended license. However, Lohan seems to be unable to abide by her plea deals and often faces backlash for not showing up in court for mandatory meetings and failing to complete her community service.
5. Naomi Campbell
Naomi was booked for assault on four different occasions. In February 2000, Naomi was accused and later held guilty for attacking her personal assistant with a mobile phone. Again in 2007, Naomi was held guilty for assaulting her housekeeper. In both the cases she was sentenced to attend anger management classes and had to bear the victim’s medical expenses. Again in 2008, Campbell was found guilty of assaulting two police officers on duty at London Heathrow Airport. She was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and fined £2,300. In July 2015, Campbell was arrested for attacking a paparazzo photographer who was trying to click her pictures. She was sentenced to six months’ probation.
6. Paris Hilton
Reality TV star Paris Hilton served a jail sentence of 45 days for driving with a suspended license. She later appeared in court in 2010 after being charged on two counts: illegal drug possession and obstructing a police officer, for which she served one year in probation.
7. Charlie Chaplin
In the 1940s, the much loved star Charlie Chaplin had his career in jeopardy when a pregnant actress named Joan Barry filed a paternity suit against him. Eventually doctors proved that Chaplin was not the father of the child, but he still had to pay child support as the public had turned strongly against him.
8. Tulisa Contostavlos
In 2013, singer and former X-factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos was arrested for allegedly supplying drugs. The trial, which kicked off in 2014, later collapsed as the judge found the key witness to be lying.
9. Justin Bieber
In 2014, Bieber was arrested for drunk driving and appeared in court. Although the case was settled with a plea bargain, he was arrested again on a similar count a few months later.
10. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard were charged for illegally smuggling their pet dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia when they arrived by a private jet. They later released a video apology to the country for their crime.