Being famous might seem like a lot of wild parties and great fun, but fame and fortune don’t necessarily mean you’re above the law. The life of a celebrity is filled with hardships; from the pressure to partake in drugs to the stress from living a completely public life, there are several big names who stray from the path and become wound up in trouble… and when they do, you can bet the entire world is going to hear about it. Whether it was just a run of the mill DUI or armed robbery, here are 25 Celebrities With Insane Criminal Records That May Shock You.
When he was only 25 years old, American actor Tim Allen was detained by airport security for trafficking over one and a half pounds of cocaine. Faced with serving a life-sentence in prison, Allen pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and gave the names of 21 other dealers to bring his sentence down to 5 years, of which he only served about 2 and a half.
Despite being one of the best boxers of recent years, Mike Tyson has flirted with illegal activity nearly all of his life. He was first arrested at 12 years old for swiping purses and since then has accumulated a rap sheet of over 40 arrests for everything from petty crimes to aggravated assault. He was also sentenced to six years in prison for raping an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant in 1992; however, he was released early in 1995 for good behavior. Tyson finally managed to turn his life around in 2011 and has, so far, managed to stay conviction free ever since.
British-born Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland has racked up a number of DUI and driving related charges over the years of 1989 to 2007. He was also found guilty of head-butting a fashion designer at the Mercer Hotel in SoHo, New York, but all the charges were dropped following a formal apology from Sutherland.
American rapper Vanilla Ice has assembled a variety of criminal charges including illegal drag racing, driving without a license, spousal abuse, and threatening a homeless man with a gun. His most recent arrest was for burglarizing an abandoned home in Florida, for which he avoided jail time by taking a plea bargain.
American television personality and reality show regular Stephanie Pratt admitted in 2007 to years of drug abuse, including an especially severe addiction to crystal meth when she was a young teenager. In 2006, she was arrested for shoplifting over $4000 in designer clothes while experiencing a drug-induced high.