While the lives of the rich and famous seem so idyllic, and for the most part they are, there are some celebrities who’ve led a less than picture-perfect life. In fact, some famous celebrities have gone to prison on charges ranging from tax fraud to sexual assault and even murder. Taking a look at celebrities whose legal woes have landed them in prison is a sobering reminder what glitters isn’t always gold — and the lives of the rich and famous are not always what they seem.
There’s a rather sizable amount of famous people who have done time in the big house. And some of them seem so squeaky-clean now, we still can’t believe they ever did anything wrong. Take, for example, Martha Stewart, who still is the reigning queen of domesticity all this time after she served five months in prison for lying to the feds. In the time since her stint in prison in 2004, Stewart has completely rebuilt her brand.
Then, there are stars who are trying to reclaim the fame they once had. Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison following her involvement in the 2019 college admissions scandal that found roughly 50 parents had bribed their children’s way into elite colleges. Loughlin ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and was sentenced to two months in prison, then released a few days early. Now that she’s out, Loughlin has been trying to give her image some rehabilitation too — and get back into the acting game.
For more stories like these, and others that are even more serious, take a look at the infamous celebs who have been to prison.
A version of this article was previously published in March 2016.