9 Crazy Crimes Committed By Celebrities
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Celebrities may sometimes seem like super-humans, but don’t be fooled: they are flawed, flawed individuals. Don’t believe me? Here are nine celebrities who learned the hard way that even the beautiful people are subject to law and order.
1. Jay-Z: At age 12, shooting his own brother
If you listen closely to the lyrics of "You Must Love Me" off his sophomore album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, you can hear the famous rapper confess to - and admit remorse for - shooting his brother Eric in the shoulder when Jay-Z was just 12 years old and “high off more than weed.” His brother never pressed charges, but Jay-Z did receive three years probation in 1999 when he shot producer Lance “Un” Rivera, allegedly over a woman.
2. Mike Tyson: Rape of a pageant contestant
Tyson was convicted of 1992 at the age of 25 for the rape of an 18 year-old beauty pageant. Tyson defended himself by stating that he was “a crude womanizer whose accuser must have known he wanted sex.” Interesting defense. Ten other contestants in the Miss Black America pageant testified to Tyson’s sexually aggressive behavior during pageant rehearsals. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, which was later reduced to six years, of which he served three.
3. Carmen Electra: Battery against Dennis Rodman
In 1999, Electra and her then husband Dennis Rodman both faced misdemeanor battery charges following a fight at a hotel in Miami Beach. Both parties were ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from each other.
4. Lauryn Hill: Tax evasion
Hill served three months in a minimum security jail for failing to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $1 million in taxes over the course of a decade. After her prison time, she served three months of house arrest and one year of probation.
5. Mark Wahlberg: Racially-motivated assault
At 16, Mark Wahlberg faced attempted murder charges when he attacked two Vietnamese men with a wooden stick, rendering one of them blind in one eye. He eventually pled guilty to assault and served 45 days of a two year sentence. Wahlberg has a history of other violent offenses on his record from that time. He once chased a group of black teenagers on his bike while throwing rocks and shouting racial slurs -- a real peach. He is currently seeking a full pardon for his crimes, which remains pending.
6. Stephanie Pratt: Shoplifting and drug posession
Hills star Stephanie Pratt was arrested in 2006 for shoplifting upwards of $4,000 worth of clothing. When police searched her bag, they also found drugs, which upped her charges to “promoting a dangerous drug.” Later, she was arrested again for drunk driving, which sent her to 30 days of alcohol rehab.
7. 50 Cent: Dealing heroin and crack cocaine, vandalism and domestic violence
At the age of 19, famed rapper 50 Cent pled guilty to dealing heroin and crack cocaine, which landed him six months in a boot camp prison. In 2013, he was initially charged with domestic violence, vandalism, and $7,100 worth of damage after a fight with his then-girlfriend. He was ultimately sentenced to three years of probation to pay for all of the damages, and he was forced to turn in all of the firearms in his possession.
8. Christian Slater: Possession of a firearm on a plane and sexual assault against a random woman on the street
In 1989, the Mr. Robot star was arrested for drunk driving, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer -- then again in 1997 trying to board a plane with a loaded gun. The same year, he faced charges for assaulting his girlfriend while intoxicated, and then one more time in 2005 for sexually assaulting a woman on the street.
9. Ja Rule: Tax evasion and posession of a semi-automatic weapon
Ja Rule pled guilty to failing to file taxes between 2004-2008 and ended up paying the government more than $1.1 million in back taxes and penalties. In 2007, the rapper was sentenced to two years in prison after police found a semi-automatic handgun in his car, which he served four years later in 2011.