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Even celebrities have to pay the time if they do the crime!
Over the years, numerous celebs have been arrested, sent to jail, or even did time in prison. These offenses have ranged from drug or alcohol charges to even more serious offenses.
Whatever their crimes (alleged or convicted) may be, almost all of the celebrities on this list have been released following their run in with the law and thankfully, shown much remorse. They’ve worked to become better people and many admit that it’s thanks to their time behind bars.
“Melrose Place” star Amy Locane just began her second sentence after her fatal DUI charge in 2010. Amy previously served three years in prison on charges of vehicular homicide and assault but an appeals court decided that her first sentence was too lenient. Amy says her first time in prison definitely prepared her for her second stint behind bars but she’s now fearful for the future of her children.
“I definitely know what’s going on. When I came in last time, I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t really know how things worked and how you can ask certain officers for things. Prison prepared me for my second go-around,” she told EW, adding, “I have a huge fear right now that my kids are gonna forget me. I won’t be home until my oldest is 18 and my youngest is 16. I cannot even think about that.”
Felicity Huffman served time in prison following her involvement in the college admission scandal. Felicity was accused of taking part in a scheme to cheat on the SATs by paying $15,000 to a service to boost her daughter’s test scores.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family,” Felicity wrote in a letter to the court.
Felicity pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, leading to a two-week prison sentence. She served 11 days in total before beginning one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service.
Back in 2008, Khloe Kardashian was arrested for a DUI and was ordered to take alcohol education classes. When she missed classes, she violated her parole and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Her journey behind bars was documented on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” She ended up only spending three hours in custody due to overcrowding and was released.
Paris Hilton was arrested for driving under the influence in 2006. Several months later, she was sentenced to three years’ probation and alcohol education classes. Later that year, she violated her probation and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
After just four days behind bars, her lawyer was able to get her reassigned to monitored house arrest for the next 40 days, due to a medical condition. Unfortunately, the following day she was summoned to court, where she was mandated to serve her time inside jail. After returning to jail, she served half of her sentence and was released due to good behavior and overcrowding.
Justin Bieber was once arrested for drag racing and driving under the influence in Miami. He admitted to police that he had been smoking marijuana and had taken prescription medication. Justin was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid driver’s license, leading to 24 hours in jail.
As part of a plea deal, Justin pled guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest. He made a $50,000 donation to a youth charity and committed to 12 hours of anger management counseling as well as attendance at a program that teaches about the impact of drunken driving on victims. The DUI charge was dropped.
In 1996, Robert Downey Jr. was pulled over for speeding and ended up being arrested on charges of driving under the influence and for having heroin, cocaine, crack, and a gun in his car. He spent time in jail and rehab but after violating his parole, he was sentenced to six months in jail.
Then in 1999, he missed one of his court-ordered drug tests and was sentenced to a three year stint at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison. After a year in prison, a judge ruled that his collective time in incarceration facilities qualified him for early release.
Paul McCartney spent nine days in a Japanese prison after being caught with marijuana in his luggage. He had previously signed an affidavit confirming that he did not use drugs in order to get his travel visa and the penalty for such a crime could have been up to seven years hard labor.
“I still am hazy as to how that happened, but it did… I got out ’cause of my celebrity,” Paul admitted on an episode of “Carpool Karaoke.”
Before landing his starring role on “Home Improvement,” Tim Allen was arrested for possession of cocaine at an airport in Minnesota. He pled guilty on charges of drug trafficking and spent over two years in jail. He could have faced more time, but reportedly lessened his sentence by sharing the names of other dealers.
“It was a watershed moment. It put me in a position of great humility, and I was able to make amends to friends and family and refocus my life on setting and achieving goals,” he told Closer Weekly.
Kiefer Sutherland was arrested for drunk driving back in 2004 and was put on parole. Then in 2007, he was once again caught drunk driving. In court, he pleaded no contest in a deal with prosecutors that sent him to jail for 48 days during a time that did not disrupt the filming of “24.” He was also sentenced to five years probation and was required to complete an 18-month alcohol education program and attend six months of weekly therapy sessions.
“He never gave us any problems, never complained about anything,” Glendale Police Officer John Balian said of Kiefer’s time in jail.
Nicole Richie was caught drunk driving in 2003 and three years later, she was arrested again for DUI after being spotted driving the wrong way on an L.A. freeway. She pled guilty to DUI and was sentenced to four days in jail, three years probation, an alcohol education program and was fined $2,048.
Nicole, who was five months pregnant at the time, only served 82 minutes of her sentence, thanks to a policy which allowed non-violent female offenders sentenced to 30 days or less to be released within 12 hours.
Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to spending time in jail. Over the years, she has been arrested for theft, driving under the influence and drug possession. She was first incarcerated in 2007 for just one day after she pled guilty to two counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance and pled no contest to DUI and reckless driving.
In 2011, she also served time after being sentenced to 30 days in jail because she violated probation in both the DUI case and a necklace theft case.
On Christmas Day in 2009, Charlie Sheen was arrested after an altercation with his then-wife Brooke Mueller. He was booked in an Aspen jail on counts of second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief and spent the rest of the holiday behind bars.
Charlie later pled guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault count and was permitted to serve his 30-day jail term at a rehab center in California. He was also required to serve three months of probation and attend 36 hours of domestic violence evaluation and treatment.
Blac Chyna spent a brief amount of time in police custody after being arrested for public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance in 2016. She had allegedly verbally abused a bartender at an airport for refusing her further service and when she boarded her plane, she caused a disturbance. When police arrived, they found ecstasy in her purse.
When Mark Wahlberg was just 16, he was arrested after attacking two Vietnamese-American men during an attempted robbery, knocking one unconscious and punching another. After the altercation, which reportedly involved racial slurs, Mark was charged with attempted murder and convicted of assault. He was sentenced to 45 days in prison.
“I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around,” Mark wrote in a request for pardon.
Back in 2012, Amanda Bynes found herself facing trouble with the law, beginning with a DUI incident where she allegedly side-swiped a police car. She spent several hours in jail before being released.
Later in the year, she faced more jail time after receiving another DUI charge and not showing up for her hearing. Then in August, she was charged with a hit and run and her license was suspended, which apparently did not stop her from later getting behind the wheel. Despite the incidents, she avoided additional jail time and was able to settle some of the issues outside of court.
In 2011, an intoxicated Nicolas Cage was arrested after being spotted arguing with his wife Alice in the early hours of the morning in New Orleans. After reportedly taunting police, he was arrested and charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the police. He was released later that day and the charges were dropped.
Mel Gibson was arrested for suspicion of DUI while driving in Malibu back in 2006. Before he was taken to jail, he was recorded making anti-Semitic remarks, which greatly impacted his career. He apologized for the remarks and did not face further jail time for the DUI.
“It was an unfortunate incident. I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever,” he told Variety 10 years after the incident.
18. Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr. was arrested on the charge of public drunkenness during a trip to New Orleans in 2001. He reportedly spent 11 hours in a Louisiana jail before being released.
In 2004, Michelle Rodriguez spent 48 hours in jail after pleading no contest to a hit and run, drunk driving, and driving with a suspended license. She was also sentenced to community service, a three-month alcohol program, and three years of probation.
The following year, she was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violating probation but only served a few hours due to overcrowding. Later that year, she spent another five days in jail after being caught driving under the influence in Hawaii. Then in 2007, she violated probation again and was sentenced to 180 days in jail but was released after 18 days due to overcrowding.
Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.
Over the years, Mad Magazine became a cultural icon, but at the same time, it also had an unusual response from the celebrities who were made fun of in the magazine. In the early days of the magazine, when it was not yet an institution, celebrities mostly ignored it. It became a major part of the popular culture around the 1960s (with the proliferation of the collections) and over time, celebrities who grew up on it treated it with the adoration that it deserved. However, once celebrities started paying attention, it was usually fawning reactions. If you folks are interested, I’ll feature THOSE reactions in the future.
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Over time, though, in the early 1980s, a new standard reaction started to pop up in the magazine, which is celebrities feigning anger/disgust over their parodies in the magazine. There was a borderline example involving Gary Coleman that I’ll leave for that theoretical other column (as it wasn’t quite “angry” enough) and then the big one was following Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres’s parody of the Dukes of Hazzard in Mad #219…
The great Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) replied, sort of in character as the villainous Hogg, along with a photo of the cast reacting negatively to the parody, but as you can see, it was the “bad” characters who were disgusted, while the heroic Dukes are laughing at it…
However, that idea “show the cast upset at the magazine” was now firmly entrenched and so we got a bunch of them after that.
Dick DeBartolo and Mort Drucker had the major assignment of tackling the final film in the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi, in Mad #242…
In a clever response, Mark Hamill replied with two responses. His official response, which was the standard happy reaction, and his REAL response, which was disgust…
I love Hamill’s “You’ll never be dumb enough to print it” gag.
In Mad #261, Lou Silverstone and Mort Drucker took on Miami Vice, with the parody getting the cover treatment, as well.
Don Johnson was very busy at the time, and so his reaction was a bit more delayed than others, so it was not until Mad #271 that he wrote in with his reaction to the parody of Miami Vice, with photos of his disgust over the magazine, but along with a letter that noted that appearing on the cover of Mad magazine meant more to him than any of his other magazine covers he had appeared on so far in his career.
MIXED MESSAGING THERE, DON!!
Another delayed reaction is when Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres took on The Equalizer in Mad #271…
Ten issues later, the star of the show, Edward Woodward, was shown taking out his revenge on DeBartolo in Mad #281’s letter column…
In Mad #273, Al Jaffee did a quick parody of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Pee-Wee Herman was also on the cover of the magazine…
Paul Reubans, Pee-Wee Herman himself, responded in Mad #275 by letting Mad know very clearly that he thought that they were so funny that he forgot to laugh…
In that same issue, Head of the Class was parodied by Frank Jacobs and Angelo Torres…
And the cast responded with their disgust three issues later…
Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres took on 21 Jump Street in Mad #286…
and Holly Robinson wrote in to the magazine with a photo of the cast reacting to the parody, with a note that Stephen Williams, the captain on the show, now has his arm stuck in his throat because of this!
Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres figuratively tore apart Murphy Brown in Mad #289…
In Mad #294, Candice Bergen responded with a photo of her literally tearing the issue apart, along with a “complimentary” notice where she invites the Mad gang to her house for some fun – not to be assaulted! Let’s be very clear that she definitely does not invite them to a location alleged to be her house so that they could be assaulted. Have to be explicitly clear about that.
In that same issue, Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres did a parody of Doogie Howser, M.D…
In Mad #299, there were two responses to the parody. One came from Stephen Bochco, who co-created the series. Previously, Bochco had responded quite favorably when his hit series, L.A. Law, had graced the cover of Mad, to the point where he had the cast recreate the cover (if I do that piece on happy responses to Mad from celebrities, that will probably be the featured image). Neil Patrick Harris, however, the star of the series, did the now-typical “disgusted” reaction and sent a photo of him throwing the issue into the trash…
Amusingly, years later, Mad had Neil Patrick Harris (still a star as an adult actor) recreate the photo of him throwing out the copy of Mad. You can check it out on their site here.
As we headed deep into the 1990s, Mad had now embraced the idea of “Celebrity Snaps” so much that they became a recurring bit in the series, but they now involved fans sending in a photo of themselves with a celebrity and an issue of Mad and in return, they would get a free subscription to the magazine. These photos overtook celebrities sending in their own photos. But it still DID happen.
For instance, after Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres parodied X-Files in Mad #335…
The stars of the show (along with creator Chris Carter) sent in a “shocked” photo for Mad #338…
As the magazine moved into color, Mad had become SUCH a cultural institution that celebrities were quite happy to just pose with a copy.
But occasionally, casts would still send in “angry” responses. For instance, after Josh Gordon and Mort Drucker parodied Joan of Arcadia in Mad #440…
The cast responded in Mad #450…
In that same issue, Arnie Kogen and Tom Richmond parodied Two and a Half Men…
and then, just two issues later, the cast of the sitcom responded with a disgusted photo in Mad #452 (including a mystery man dressed as Alfred E. Neuman. I suppose it COULD be Chuck Lorre, the creator of the sitcom)…
Lots of fun stuff.
If anyone has an idea for an interesting piece of comic book history, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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