Name that convict: Celebs with rap sheets
We know a number of upstanding citizens also happen to be excellent actors, singers and sports stars. But it sure seems like just about every celebrity has had a run-in with the law at some point. Here is our roundup of eight talented celebrities who made a misstep or two while basking in the limelight.
The beautiful and talented actress and producer Winona Ryder decided in 2001 that fame and fortune weren't enough for her, so she shoplifted over $5,500 worth of clothing and accessories from Saks Fifth Avenue in Los Angeles — and was caught in the act. Ryder was prosecuted and convicted of grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism. Her felonies were reduced to misdemeanors after she completed 480 hours of community service and served her probation.
Oops, Hugh. Actor Hugh Grant was literally caught with his pants down near Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with prostitute Divine Brown, and he was charged with lewd conduct in a public place. He paid his fine, served his probation and went right back to his celebrity status with his reputation and career pretty much unscathed.
Sweet-faced child actress Lindsay Lohan grew up — and into an extensive rap sheet. We need not regale you with all the details of her arrest record because (1) you probably don't live in a hole and (2) ain't nobody got time for that. Suffice it to say that Lohan has been in and out of jail and rehab centers for a spate of arrests related to alcohol, drugs and theft.
The gorgeous R&B voice of Robert Sylvester Kelly is tainted by his sorry arrest record. His biggest and highest-profile conviction was related to having sex with a minor and videotaping the act. He was found guilty of all 14 counts that were brought to trial.
The queen of all things domestic learned a tough lesson in 2001: Crime doesn't pay, even if it temporarily allows you to avoid a loss of over $45,000 on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2004, Stewart was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding and making false statements to federal investigators about her insider trading. She had to pay a fine and serve five months in the clink, as well as serve two years of probation.
Hottie-hot actor Matthew McConaughey has arguably one of the funniest arrest records. In 1999, the cops were called to his Austin home when neighbors filed a noise complaint. He was found naked and playing the bongo drums, with cannabis nearby. The drug charges were dropped, and McConaughey paid a $50 fine for disturbing the peace.
Best known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, the model and actress is also known for getting behind the steering wheel while under the influence. Thankfully, Ms. Locklear avoided both a wreck and harsh sentence when the district attorney determined that she was most likely under the influence of legal prescription drugs that were impairing her driving ability at the time of her arrest. She pleaded no contest to reckless driving and received three years probation.
During his 2011 climb to the top of the pop charts, Bruno Mars ran into a wee bit of trouble by using cocaine in the bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel. He pleaded guilty and thereby avoided jail time. Judging by the rankings of his songs and his myriad awards, the arrest and charge don't seem to have fazed him too much.