It’s hard to imagine a glamorous actress or a beloved musician behind bars, but unfortunately, celebrity status and success weren’t enough to keep these famous felons out of the big house. Many actors, models, musicians, rappers, athletes, and TV personalities have to be convicted of felonies. Celebrities convicted of felonies have to pay the price for their crimes, just like any other criminal. Some celebrities grew up surrounded by illegal wrong-doings, while others cite their felonies as a “one-time mistake.”
In December 2009, Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend, pop singer Rhianna, and was charged with felony assault and criminal threat. He pleads guilty at his trial and was offered a plea deal that allowed him to forgo jail in place of 5 years of formal probation, community service, and domestic violence classes.
The Shield actor Michael Jace was arrested in May 2014 in Los Angeles in the fatal shooting of his wife, April Jace, in front of their two children. Neighbors called 911 after they heard gunshots. Michael himself also called 911 to report the murder. According to Jace, he was upset with this wife and believed her to be cheating on him. At trial, he pleaded not guilty and claimed that he was only trying to inflict pain by shooting her in the leg. Despite his claims, he was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury in 2016.
Mark Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder when he was 16 years old. Wahlberg struck two Vietnamese men with various objects while yelling a racial epithet, leaving one man blind in one eye. He ultimately pled guilty to assault and served 45 days in prison.
Will Smith was arrested in 1989 after being involved in an assault so serious one man was left nearly blind.
He was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy. However, the charges were later dismissed.
Matthew Broderick was involved in a car accident in 1987 while holidaying in Northern Ireland. He crossed into the wrong lane and collided head-on with another vehicle, which killed the driver and their passenger immediately.
At the time he was charged with death by dangerous driving but was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving. He was fined $175, which the victims’ family labeled a “travesty of justice.”
The rapper was convicted of drug possession in 1990, and in 2007, convicted of two felony counts of drug and gun possession by a convicted felon.
Way back in 1965, the 24-year-old Nolte was arrested for producing counterfeit documents. He was actually sentenced to 45 years in jail and slapped with a $75,000 fine, but the sentence was suspended.
Amy Locane is best known for her role as a resident of Melrose Place. But, now she is known as a resident of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for women. In February 2013, she was sentenced to three years in prison after she was convicted of vehicular manslaughter. In 2010, Locane crashed her car, killing a 60-year-old woman and severely injuring her husband. Her blood alcohol was 3 times legal limit for impairment. The family of the victim was not happy with her sentence and called it a travesty. Locane received the minimum possible sentence because the judge took into consideration that she has two young daughters, one of whom has Crohn’s Disease.
On December 8, 1984, Nicolas “Razzle” Dingley of the band, Hanoi Rocks was spending a day at the home of Motley Crue front man, Vince Neil in Redondo Beach, California, along with several other members of the band. After partying all day, Neil and Dingley drove to get more liquor from the liquor store when Neil lost control of the car, hitting an oncoming vehicle and killing his friend. Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. Neil’s blood alcohol level was 0.17, which was over the legal limit. Neil served half of a 30-day jail sentence, received five years probation and had to pay $2.6 million in restitution, as well as perform 200 hours of community service.
Before Jay-Z, whose real name is Sean Corey Carter, became one of the biggest and most important musicians in the world, as well as Beyoncé Knowles’ husband and father to Blue Ivy, he was a criminal. When he was 12, he shot his older brother Eric in the shoulder. He raps about the incident in the song, You Must Love Me from his second album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1: “Saw the devil in your eyes/High off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed.” He was never charged with a crime for the shooting. In 1999, Carter stabbed music producer, Lance “Un” Rivera outside of a nightclub, but ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to just three years probation.
Even the Kardashians aren’t perfect. Khloe Kardashian was arrested on March 4th, 2007 for a DUI. But, she violated her probation by failing to enroll in an alcohol education class and complete roadside cleanup duty, as part of her community service. Kardashian faced 30 days in jail, but got lucky and only served a mere 3 hours, due to overcrowding. Where did she serve those 3 hours? The infamous Lynwood jail, where Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan also did time.