Celebrities are always in the spotlight, whether they are at their peak or at their lowest. Some celebrities, on the other hand, have had some stunning low times in their lives. Some of them were detained on various counts and accusations, including drug offenses, illegal firearms possession, and even violence.
From A-list celebrities to top musicians, the high life has undoubtedly kept some fascinating stories stashed away throughout the years. Some celebrities look to be clean, yet they aren’t as clean as they appear to be. Here’s a list of ten celebrities with criminal records you might not be aware of.
Will Smith is number one.
Aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy are the crimes.
Will Smith, regarded as one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, does not appear to have the squeaky clean image that he portrays. The actor has a criminal history, having been arrested in 1989 for severe assault and criminal conspiracy. According to reports, the assault was so terrible that the victim was almost blinded. Smith has denied touching the victim, claiming that the assault was carried out by his personal security. Whatever the case against Will Smith was, the charges were finally withdrawn.
Bruno Mars, No. 2
Possession of drugs is a crime.
It may come as a surprise to learn that the highly sought after singer, songwriter, and music producer was arrested in 2010 for cocaine possession. Mars avoided going to trial by pleading guilty. He was fined $2000 and required to perform 200 hours of community service, according to the court. He then paid the fine and completed his community service. His felony conviction was overturned by the courts in 2012.
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Drunk driving, drug possession, and firearm possession are all crimes.
Next up comes Robert Downey Jr., a multi-award-winning actor best known for his role as Iron Man. In 1996, he was detained several times for narcotics possession, including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, as well as for possessing a Magnum revolver. He was given a three-year probation sentence, which he later breached for drug-related offenses. He was sentenced to six months in prison after that.
Chris Brown, No. 4
Multiple Assaults is a crime.
After allegedly assaulting his famous ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, the musician has been charged with assault. Not only that, but after allegedly hitting his former manager Mike G. in the face, his aggressive behavior led to more assault accusations. Chris Brown and his crew continue to deny the allegations.
Who’d have guessed that Jay-Z, the king of hip-hop, has the ability to stab someone? At a Manhattan listening session in 1999, the rapper let his rage get the best of him and stabbed a record producer called Lance Rivera in the stomach. Jay-Z was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, to which he pleaded guilty. He was then given a three-year ‘probationary’ term.
6. Matthew McConaughey
Possession of drugs is a crime.
Matthew McConaughey, a Hollywood actor, was jailed in 1999 when his neighbors had had enough of him and decided to call the cops. In his West Austin house, he was spotted dancing naked and playing bongo drums. Despite being arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, McConaughey was only charged with resisting transportation, which is a misdemeanor offense. Fortunately for him, all narcotics charges were later dismissed, with the exception of a $50 fine for a noise complaint from his neighbors.