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5 Celebrities with Bizarre Criminal Histories

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The large number of recent celebrity scandals has rocked the American image of celebrities as often wholesome and free of wrongdoing. Some celebrities cultivate the image of a bad boy, but those are usually expected cases of public intoxication or smashing private property. However, some criminals have been accused or convicted of truly strange or unexpected behavior. Here are five celebrities who have disturbing or otherwise strange criminal violations in their pasts.


Anger, Alcohol, and a Transformers Star

Shia LeBouf was one of the leading young actors of the early 2000s. He starred in television shows such as Even Stevens and movies such as Transformers. The actor made millions of dollars per year, but as he got older he grew more uncomfortable with his level of fame. LeBouf was first arrested in 2014 on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct for screaming and cursing at a theater and then spitting on arresting officers when they arrived. He was later arrested again in 2017 for public intoxication. This time, he was mandated to undergo anger management classes while his career continues to sputter on.

Lindsay Lohan: The Price of Fame

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Lindsay Lohan was another child actor of the 1990s who faced pressure with growing fame. Lohan’s career began to wane in the mid-2000s but fell off a cliff after her arrest in 2007 for a driving while impaired charge. She faced several more charges after a 2012 car accident, where Lohan pleaded no contest to charges of reckless driving and lying to a police officer. Her career has never recovered to its 2004 heights.


Nick Nolte: A Famous Mugshot

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Nick Nolte has starred in movies and television shows for decades. But in 2002, he was arrested and starred in a particularly horrible mugshot. Nolte was arrested for driving under the influence and was given three years of probation. He eventually got his career back on track, got off drugs, and now stars in movies and Graves, a show on premium cable. But he still acts like he’s on the drugs.

Martha Stewart and White-Collar Crime

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Like many of the other figures on this list, Martha Stewart had a sterling reputation harmed by criminal charges. She was known for her recipes and her home decorations throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. However, Martha was forced to serve time in federal prison as the result of a stock insider trading scandal. Stewart shares of ImClone Day before the stock price dropped by 16 %, a decision made it to the Hess to someone with inside information about the company. wow the case temporarily harm to her previously pristine image, Stewart quickly adapted to her new role as a home living icon with a prison past. She now hosts a television program with rap and marijuana icon Snoop Dogg.


Reese Witherspoon: An Unlikely Criminal

Reese Witherspoon has been seen as America’s sweetheart, playing friendly and well-received roles in Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama. But in 2013, that sterling reputation hit a brief hiccup. Witherspoon was the passenger in a car where the driver was pulled over for drunk driving. She was arrested when she verbally berated the arresting officer and refused to follow directions. Witherspoon had to pay a small fine, but her career and reputation quickly rebounded.



There are many other celebrities who have been arrested for one reason or another. Many of them parlay their arrests into songs, films, and future career opportunities. But for these celebrities, arrests harmed their chances of starring in movies and furthering their time in the spotlight. Each man and woman listed had to work hard and stay diligent to get the opportunities that they have today.

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