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Celebrities often seem like fabulous people that live perfect lives, but they’re just like anyone else. A-list celebrity or not, the law must be upheld by all citizens. Take a look at the top celebrities with the most criminal charges.
1. R. Kelly
When it comes to infamous celebrities known for shady and illegal behavior, R. Kelly really takes the cake. Just recently, R. Kelly was outed for heading up a mind-washing cult. This news comes as no surprise, after Kelly was found to be a child molester in 2002. These allegations began as a sex tape started circulating featuring the rapper and a teenage girl. In 2003, the rapper was found to be in possession of child pornography.
2. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has been arrested countless times for the illegal possession of drugs and weapons. The rapper’s initial arrest was in 2007, as the rapper was found in possession of a weapon as well as marijuana.
3. Lindsay Lohan
One would be hard pressed to find a more iconic example of the good-girl-gone-bad phenomenon. While Lohan happens to have a limited record when it comes to criminal activity, she certainly has had her fair share of run-ins with the law. In 2007, Lohan was arrested for driving under the influence. These DUI charges continued to haunt Lilo as she went on to be arrested a total of five times.
4. O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson has a lengthy history of law breaking. In 1989, Simpson was arrested on assault and battery charges, but never served jail time for this domestic abuse. Then in 1994, O.J. was arrested for murdering his former wife and her friend. Despite escaping his ’94 conviction, O.J. made his way back to prison for conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary, and a few other key criminal offenses. In 2017, O.J. was granted parole for this recent run in with the law. While O.J. may claim to be a changed man, Simpson will always be synonymous with the “celebrity criminal”.
5. Will Smith
Actor Will Smith got arrested back in 1989. Smith was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, and more. Despite these serious charges, Smith was never convicted.
Celebrities are just like us regular law-abiding citizens, but the spotlight of fame will always make them seem larger than life to the rest of us. In a world so saturated with illicit drugs, sex, and more, it’s a wonder that more celebrities aren’t arrested and made to face justice for their crimes.