When we go to theatres or concerts, we are excited to watch our favorite artists entertain us. Most of us love these celebrities so much that we even wear shirts with their faces and follow them on social media. But, despite being role models for millions, celebrities are still human, and just like us, they make mistakes that might never be forgotten.
These celebrities have been arrested for engaging in altercations, possession, and speeding among other offenses that tell different stories about them. We take a dive into the pasts of the most fascinating celebrities to discover that while they are different now, they all have interesting yesteryears. Is your favorite celebrity on this list? Find out what they did when they were young and wild!
The Prince of Bel-Air Gets Fresh
Will Smith is a jack of all trades and as an actor, rapper, and film producer, he’s easily one of the most beloved people on the planet. But, while he’s charming on TV, Will Smith has a dark past since when he was younger, he was arrested for criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault.
In 1989, the star found himself on the wrong side of the law after he was involved in an assault. That fateful day, the “Men In Black” star had just won a Grammy Award and after getting into an argument with a record promoter, things went south very fast. The victim was injured so much that he almost lost his eyesight.
Smith, who was just 20 years old at the time, was accused of criminal conspiracy since he allegedly asked his bodyguard to beat up the producer. Lucky for Smith, the charges were dropped soon after, saving him from serving a stint in prison.
We all have regrets and the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” can look back at the incident as a skeleton in his closet. Well, with all he has achieved today, he can only blame the record on the innocence of youth.
Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?
Robert Downey Jr. is one of the highest-paid actors of all time and on-screen, his charming personality always keeps film lovers glued to the screen. Yet, in the 90s, the “Iron Man” actor was a different man since he was once arrested on drugs and weapon charges.
In the 1990s, Downey lived a fast life and as a drug addict, he often did some pretty risky things. In 1996, Downey was flagged down on Sunset Boulevard after speeding and after a search by officers, he couldn’t avoid an arrest. The “Natural Born Killers” actor was found in possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 handgun.
A month after the incident, Downey was arrested again, this time for trespassing into a neighbor’s home while under the influence of a substance. The actor was found sleeping in one of the beds in the home! Following the arrest, Downey was sentenced to a three-year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility.
Since then, with much hard work, determination, and help, the actor overcame his addiction and got back on the horse as a widely acclaimed actor. In Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” film, Downey saves the entire world by defeating “Thanos.” The iconic scene is as powerful as Downey’s fight against drug and substance abuse.
Wesley Snipes Takes On the IRS
Wesley Snipes is one of the toughest screen actors with a 5th-degree blackbelt in Shotokan karate, Hapkido, Capoeira, and Kungfu. In a technical sense, Snipes is a walking lethal weapon who can brag that what he does on screen is not fiction. Sadly, despite his skills as a fighter, Snipes lost in a very publicized battle with the IRS when he was convicted on three counts of misdemeanor.
In the case, Snipes was found guilty of tax evasion for money earned between 1999 and 2004, a period when he earned close to $40 million but paid $0 in taxes. According to the IRS, Snipes had avoided $7 million in back taxes, a monstrously huge sum. As the case unfolded, the actor blamed his woes on his accountant and tax advocate, and on sentencing, they were all convicted together.
After a 2-year stint in jail and a year in home confinement, Snipes returned to court to fight the IRS, a battle he lost once again. Since the debacle, Snipes has featured in notable films like “The Expendables 3” and the star-studded “Coming 2 America” that will hopefully help him settle his debts more amicably.
Put Your Pants on, McConaughey!
Matthew McConaughey is a true charmer on-screen and for those that love him, he could play any character and win an award for it. In Guy Ritchie’s 2019 film, “The Gentlemen,” McConaughey plays a rich marijuana kingpin and his stellar performance reminds us of an incident from his real-life many decades ago. In 1999, McConaughey was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
On that fateful night, neighbors launched a noise complaint and after the police arrived, they searched McConaughey’s Texas residence. The routine police call soon turned dramatic after they discovered that McConaughey was not just playing the bongos loudly and dancing. They also found that the actor had drugs on the residence. On top of all that, McConaughey also allegedly ignored requests to put on his pants and even shoved the officer as he resisted arrest.
As expected, McConaughey was booked and after spending 9 hours in jail, he got out on a $1,000 bond. Luckily, the drug charges were later dropped as the “Beach Bum” actor plead guilty to the noise complaint. In the end, McConaughey paid a $50 fine for the noise offense.