Celebrities have a name to protect as far as their career and reputation is concerned. When celebrities are accused of a crime, their life starts to fall apart. Canceled movies, shows, and contracts become the least of their problems. Here is a list of ten popular celebrities who have been accused of horrible, sometimes even multiple crimes.
10. Bill Cosby
Crime Accused of: Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby is a 1970’s star who was accused of sexual assault by not just one woman but several of them. As a matter of fact, his cases continued on until 2014, as a number of them surfaced only recently. One of the women who accused her is supermodel Janice Dickinson. Although Cosby hasn’t been convicted or brought to court due to these charges, his reputation has been tarnished and his shows canceled.
9. Snoop Dogg
Crime Accused of: Murder, Drug Possession, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Rap artist Snoop Dogg has been charged with drug possession at least five times, and then once for both unlawful possession of a firearm and murder. He was charged with murder in 1993 and got acquitted of it three years later. The unlawful possession of a firearm charge came in 2006.
8. Chris Brown
Crime Accused of: Assault
When Rhianna charged Chris Brown of assault, it made the headlines. Chris’ crime against his then girlfriend happened in 2009. Although he denied doing it, he was back in the courts again in 2013 for the same crime. He was charged because he attacked a man in Washington DC.
7. Mark Wahlberg
Crime Accused of: Attempted Murder
Actor Mark Wahlberg actually served time at Boston’s Deer Island House of Correction in 1987 after being accused of attempted murder. Story has it that he had badly beaten two men, with one of them going blind after the ruckus. His sentence was reduced to just 45 days after he took the guilty plea for assault. Mark was one of the few actors who were able to revive their career after being accused of a crime.
6. Charlie Sheen
Crime Accused of: Domestic Violence
Dramatic actor Charlie Seen pleaded not guilty in two different counts of domestic violence, with one happening 1996 and another in 2009. One of his wives who accused him of such a crime is Denise Richards.
5. Courtney Love
Crime Accused of: Felony Drug Charges and Assault
Singer, songwriter and musician Courtney Love is one of the few female celebrities in this list who went into court in two several occasions, with each instance only a year apart from each other. She was faced with felony drug charges in 2003 and then assault in 2004. The assault charge came after she allegedly attacked someone with a microphone stand and a liquor bottle.
Crime Accused of: Assault and Possession of a Concealed Weapon
Rapper Eminem was charged with assault and possession of a concealed weapon. The charges came in 2000, with the two incidents occurring one day apart. Reports have it that he pulled out a gun to threaten a man and then assaulted him the following day. He claimed that the man was kissing his wife.
3. 50 Cent
Crime: Drug Possession and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Rapper 50 Cent was charged with marijuana for a total of nine times during the mid-90s. Twelve years later, he was accused of unlawful firearm possession. A year after that, the charges that he has to deal with became assault and battery. His last two charges rose from his encounter with a man whom he attacked and threw water bottle at during one of his performances.
2. Mike Tyson
Crime Accused of: Battery, Rape and Assault
Mike Tyson was charged with battery, rape and assault in 1990, 1991, and 1998 respectively. He is also caught once for DUI. There was also a charge for cocaine possession in his file. This heavyweight boxer has been entangled in a lot of troubles after retiring his gloves for good.
1. Mel Gibson
Crime Accused of: Felony and DUI
The then matinee idol and Hollywood veteran action star Mel Gibson was charged with felony charges in 2011. In order to avoid facing the charge, he took a plea deal. This actor who claims he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder has been charged several times with DUI. The charges came as a big surprise to his loyal fans.