10 Most Notorious Celebrity Mugshots of All Time


10 Most Notorious Celebrity Mugshots of All Time

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Many people like to believe celebrities are just like them. Aside from the fame and riches, we like to think they go through the same trials and tribulations as us.

While they can make the same mistakes as regular folk, sometimes they go a step beyond what we consider normalcy by becoming involved in illegal activity.

Whether it be for driving under the influence or for sexual assault, these famous stars have committed crimes we can't even begin to image.

You may have forgotten some of the actions these 15 celebrities have done, you'll be sure to remember their notorious mugshots.

1. Tim Allen

What happened: In 1978, an undercover police officer set up a drug bust in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which led to the arrest of Tim Allen for possession of over 650 grams of cocaine. While he could have faced the possibility of life in prison, he ratted out his fellow drug dealers in a plea deal that sentenced him seven years in prison. He was released after only two years and four months in the slammer.

Where he is now:

After Allen was released from prison, he started his career in Hollywood, and starred in several well known TV series and films, including Home Improvement and The Santa Claus trilogy.

Most recently, the actor wrapped up his latest show Last Man Standing, and has announced he's been 20 years sober. In a 2017 interview, Allen discussed how his time in prison changed his life.

"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." Allen told Closer.

"I'm not the same guy I was the first time [I was married], when I was hiding and doing what people who drink too much do. I was not connecting," he added.

2. Randy Travis

What happened: Back in 2012, country singer Randy Travis was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), but it wasn't just his illegal crime that caught the public's attention.

Police found the "Whisper My Name" singer buck naked after crashing his 1988 Trans Am in in Tioga, Texas. The dashcam footage revealed that Travis had threatened the arresting officer, when along with other profanities, he said, "You will die motherf*cker."

A year later, Travis pleaded guilty to one count of DWI and was sentenced to two years probation, ordered to pay a fine, serve 30 days in an alcohol treatment facility, and perform 100 hours of community service.

Where is he now: Despite Travis's best efforts, in 2017 a judge rejected his lawsuit to block the dashcam's video to be released. Shortly after the tape was made public, a Travis's representative said the singer's actions were not a true representation of his character.

"Randy's behavior was extremely altered the evening of his arrest due to the state of his mental health, and substances in his body, causing him to do and say things that were entirely out of character," the representative said. "He suffered a severe concussion and sustained numerous other injuries from the crash."

"A man of integrity with a good heart, Randy does not and will never condone these type of actions that distort the true beliefs of Randy Travis and his entire family," he added.

3. Jane Fonda

What happened: Unbeknownst to several fans, legendary actress Jane Fonda also had a brush with the law. In 1970, the actress was on her way to an anti-war speaking engagement at a college campus in Ohio, but was stopped by airport security in Cleveland before she could get there. Authorities wrongly accused Fonda of smuggling drugs after they found three plastic envelopes filled with Fonda's vitamins for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

"They discovered a large bag containing little plastic envelopes marked (in red nail polish) 'B', 'L', 'D'"“signifying breakfast, lunch, and dinner"”that contained the vitamins I took with each meal," the Grace and Frankie star wrote on her blog. "They confiscated that as well as my address book (which was photocopied) and arrested me for drug smuggling.

In 2009, Fonda finally addressed the situation on her blog, explaining to her fans what exactly went down.

"I told them what they were but they said they were getting orders from the White House"“that would be the Nixon White House," she added. I think they hoped this 'scandal' would cause the college speeches to be canceled and ruin my respectability. I was handcuffed and put in the Cleveland Jail, which is when the mug shot was taken. (I had just finished filming Klute so, yes, it was the Klute haircut)."

Where she is now: Nearly 50 years after her arrest, Fonda has become a Hollywood legend. The two-time Academy Award-winning actress has starred in several big name productions, such as The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, and The Morning After.

As of late, you can catch Fonda on the Netflix original series, Grace and Frankie, and yes, she's as funny as ever.

4. Mel Gibson

What happened: Who doesn't remember Mel Gibson's disastrous fall from grace in 2006? The original Mad Max star was arrested near Malibu for DWI. When he was pulled over for speeding, he unleashed a tirade of ant-Semitic slurs at the arresting officer, James Mee, and blamed the Jewish population for starting all of the world's wars.

"The arrest report revealed that Gibson asked Mee if he was Jewish, then said: 'F*cking Jews... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,'" Mee's lawyer said. "He was later said to have called a female officer at the police station 'sugar tits.'"

He was eventually sentenced to given three years probation, ordered to pay $1,400 dollars in fines, and had to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for four-and-a-half months.

Where he is now: While Gibson apologized for his anti-Semitic rant, it's debatable if his career ever recovered, his record was expunged in 2009 after "successfully completing probation, including a rehabilitation program, and maintaining a clean driving license."

The father-of-nine has since starred in films such as The Beaver, Get The Gringo, and Daddy's Home 2, and in the midst of making a sequel to The Passion of the Christ.

5. Hugh Grant

What happened: Back in 1995, Hugh Grant was just making a name for himself in Hollywood. The emerging star was in a relationship with supermodel Elizabeth Hurley, and life couldn't get any better. That is, until he was caught in a public sexual act with a prostitute. He was arrested for lewd conduct in a public place, and was eventually ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, attend an AIDS awareness class, and was sentenced to two years of probation.

The day after the incident was revealed, the Grant released a statement, which said, "Last night I did something completely insane. I have hurt people I love and embarrassed people I work with. For both things I am more sorry than I can ever possibly say."

Where he is now: The scandal didn't prevent Grant's career from blossoming, as he received critical acclaim in Bridget Jones's Diary, About a Boy, and American Dreamz.

Most recently, Grant has become a father to his fifth child.

6. O.J. Simpson

What happened: The scandal that rocked the 90s, O.J. Simpson became known for being more than just a football player when he was charged with the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Dubbed the "trial of the century," the public was outraged when the former Buffalo Bills running back was acquitted of all charges, despite the damning evidence against him. However, relatives of Brown and Goldman were quick to file a civil suit against the now infamous football player, and in 1997 a civil court awarded the families a $33.5 million judgment against Simpson for the victims's wrongful deaths.

However, the media would claim Simpson got his just desserts as he was thrown in prison in 2007 for the felony charges of armed robbery and kidnapping.

Where he is now: Despite being sentenced to a 33-year prison sentence, Simpson received parole in 2017 to the disapproval to the public. While he lives as a free man, controversy continued to follow him as he discussed how the murders went down, if he hypothetically committed them.

7. Michael Jackson

What happened: Known to the world as the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson made headlines in 2004 when he was put on trial for child molestation charges. The accusations were made by Gavin Arvizo, a 13-year-old boy whom Jackson had befriended, and frequently invited to his Neverland Ranch.

The criminal trial took 18 months, but he was eventually found not guilty on all 14 charges. Sadly, his reputation was forever tarnished with the allegations against him.

"The media pressure was such that there was a desire for them to have a guilty verdict, and when they didn't, it was like... how dare you find Michael Jackson not guilty?" Fox News crime reporter Aphrodite Jones said on The Jury Speaks.

Where he is now: Sadly, the lengthy trial took its toll on Jackson, 2009, fans of the "Thriller" singer were devastated when they learned he had passed away after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

"It was clear to everyone his health was suffering," Peter Bowes, who covered the trial for BBC News, said. "He became frailer, a lot thinner"”almost, I hate to use this phrase, zombie-like, as he walked in and out.... It was tragic to watch."

While there was significant speculation on what exactly led to his death, his doctor, Conrad Murray was ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail. However, he was released only two years later in 2013.

8. Bill Cosby

What happened: One of the more recent heinous charges on this list, the formerly beloved The Cosby Show actor was accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women (including supermodel Janice Dickinson), dating all the way back to 1965 to 2008.

While most of these allegations are outside the statue of limitations, there have been several civil lawsuits filed against him. However, he was finally charged with three counts of three charges of felony aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania on December 30, 2015 which allegedly occurred 11 years prior. While he paid the $1 million bail, he went to trial in January 2017, which lasted about six months.

Where he is now: Since the first trial ended in a deadlock, prosecutors were quick to refile the charges. While his legal team filed a motion to have his court case dismissed due to lack of evidence, the judge denied the request, and Cosby is currently in the midst of a retrial.

9. Reese Witherspoon

What happened: In 2013, Reese Witherspoon shocked the public when she and her husband, Jim Toth, were arrested at a traffic stop in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after Toth was pulled over for a suspected DWI.

According to the police report, Witherspoon infamously asked the state trooper, "Do you know my name?" She also uttered, "You're about to find out who I am" and "You're about to be on national news."

Following the incident, Witherspoon made a public statement, where she said she was "deeply embarrassed."

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," Witherspoon said. "It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."

Where she is now: Since her arrest, Witherspoon has been successful staying away from trouble, and has kept her title as America's Sweetheart. She has starred in the widely successful films such as Wild, and Sing. She's currently gearing up for the second season of Big Little Lies, and the release of A Wrinkle in Time, and fans couldn't be more excited.

10. David Cassidy

What happened: David Cassidy, the once 70s heartthrob, was arrested in 2014 for a felony DWI, after he blew a .19 on a soberity test - more than double the legal limit. Since this was the third time he had been charged with the same crime, his manager blamed his relapse on stress.

"David just completed a stint in rehab and was doing very well in sobriety. He was in Los Angeles to attend depositions by Sony Pictures Television, respondents in a lawsuit filed by Cassidy in 2011 over what he claims are monies long due him from Partridge Family merchandise, home video, etc.," Cassidy's manager and publicist Jo-Ann Geffen said.

"After attending his and his manager's depositions, it appears as if the pressure led to a brief relapse. He was on his way to the airport to return to his home in Florida and to transitional rehabilitation. He plans now to return to rehab in an undisclosed facility," Geffen added.

Despite having previous instances of DWIs on his record, Cassidy wasn't sent to prison. Instead he forfeited his license for an intended five years and was put on two years of probation.

Where he is now: Sadly, Cassidy passed away from liver failure in late 2017, but that was no escape from controversy. It was revealed shortly after his death he left his daughter Katie Cassidy out of his will. Still, despite his inconsideration for his daughter, and troubles with the law, his legacy of being a popular teen idol lives on.  

Did you remember that these celebrities had a brush with the law?

[H/T: Marie Claire, News Day]

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