Top 10 Celebrity Arrests

Script written by Matthew Thomas. Handcuffs fit famous wrists as well as any others. For this list, we’re looking at the most infamous arrest histories of the rich and famous. Whether it's having a drink at the wheel or getting frisky with a woman of the night, these A-listers all have skeletons in their closets. Be sure to also check out our list of the Top 10 Celebrity Falls From Grace. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 celebrity arrests. Special thanks to our users Tahir L. Williams and Andrew A. Dennison for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Celebrity Arrests


Handcuffs fit famous wrists as well as any others. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 celebrity arrests.

For this list, we’re looking at the most infamous arrest histories of the rich and famous.

#10: DMX

A performer once known for his many songs and acting roles, DMX is now synonymous with arrests and misdeeds. Since the late-‘90s, he’s been busted for a variety of charges, including but not limited to: animal cruelty, DUI, drug possession, driving on a suspended license and – perhaps the most unique – an attempted car theft during which he argued with the man who owned said vehicle and impersonated an FBI agent to cops. X would no doubt have ranked higher if his arrests were not so regular that they’ve almost become expected. But we’d be remiss to not include him.

#9: Randy Travis

This renowned country musician had been a star since the ‘80s and, after a period as a gospel singer, was seen by many as a man of principle and faith. That sterling reputation may’ve been tarnished slightly by one night in 2012. After he allegedly attempted to buy smokes while completely nude, cops got a call about a naked guy lying in the street that he was taken in. State troopers found Travis still in his birthday suit, splayed in the middle of the road after crashing his car. Needless to say, he was arrested.

#8: Chris Brown

Once upon a time, Chris Brown and Rihanna were a music power-couple that seemed to be living a storybook romance. Then one February night in 2009, an argument broke out between the pair, which left Rihanna hospitalized with visible injuries. Brown turned himself into authorities, and was charged less than a month later. This case of domestic violence cast a distinct shadow over Brown’s career, as his music was pulled from airwaves, his commercials were banned, and he withdrew from public life for a while. When he returned to the spotlight, he encountered more issues.

#7: Paul Reubens

The star of a hugely successful children’s show and feature films, Paul Reubens – better known as many to Pee-wee Herman – was massive. Unfortunately, the human behind the character was capable of mistakes. Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult movie theater for allegedly pleasuring himself in 1991, and the media reaction was swift. His show was pulled, ads were pulled, and Reubens retreated from public life for much of the decade – though he maintained his innocence. Fortunately, though he was arrested again in 2002 because of his collection of vintage erotica, Pee-wee has managed to stage a comeback.

#6: Hugh Grant

In the mid-‘90s, Hugh Grant was on top of the world: the star of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” had taken the acting world by storm, with the gorgeous head-turner Elizabeth Hurley on his arm. That’s what made it all the more surprising when he was arrested two weeks prior to the 1995 release of “Nine Months” for soliciting a prostitute on the streets of L.A. What came next was almost as surprising: Grant was completely forthright about his mistake and apologized for it.

#5: Mel Gibson

If you’re a child of the ‘80s, it’s pretty safe to say that the women around you may’ve had a huge crush on this heartthrob. Known for a stellar movie career and a mischievous persona highlighted by tales of his many on set pranks and jokes, Mel seemed like a fun-loving guy who just happened to be a talented artist. However in 2006, when he was caught driving drunk with an open bottle of booze in his car, he shocked fans and non-fans alike when the leaked arrest report detailed the anti-Semitic rant given by the star.

#4: Mark Wahlberg

Unlike other entries on this list, it’s the events since this arrest that make it noteworthy. Before he was a star, Mark Wahlberg was building a life as a career criminal, trying to earn the respect of his fellow gang members. To do so, he was the perpetrator of several vicious attacks, two of which occurred on the same day in 1988 against two separate Vietnamese men, which got him thrown in jail. When the cell door slammed shut, something clicked and Wahlberg decided to reinvent his life for the better.

#3: Michael Vick

Many sports reward athletes for their killer instinct and aggression; however, players are expected to leave those traits on the field to serve as role models for legions of fans. Michael Vick decided to go another way. Choosing instead to victimize dogs, Vick helped operate an illegal dog-fighting ring, which got him suspended from the NFL and sent to jail and earned him the derision of animal lovers everywhere. However, he’s since been released and in 2010 was named Comeback Player of the Year by the NFL.

#2: Michael Jackson

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and the King of Pop was the biggest star ever. In 1993, 13-year-old Jordan Chandler and his family accused Jackson of sexual abuse and – though a lack of evidence ended the criminal investigation – Jackson’s camp did pay a hefty sum to make the incident go away. Ten-years later, similar charges were brought against MJ about teen Gavin Arvizo, and this time it resulted in a high-profile media circus of a trial. Though he was found not-guilty on all charges, the unwanted press from this trial irrevocably tarnished Jackson’s reputation.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable – or in this case dishonorable – mentions:
- Russell Crowe
Assault & Criminal Possession of a Weapon (2005)
- George Michael
Engaging in a Lewd Act (1998)
- Winona Ryder
Grand Theft, Shoplifting (2001)
- Matthew McConaughey
Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia (1999)
- Phil Spector
Murder (2003)
- Reese Witherspoon
Disorderly Conduct (2013)

#1: O.J. Simpson

After being charged for the murder of his wife and her companion, football star O.J. Simpson refused to turn himself in and led police on an infamous chase which sparked a media sensation. He was eventually arrested and tried, and the not-guilty verdict in the “trial of the century” split public opinion, with some seeing it as a colossal miscarriage of justice and others rejoicing. When he was arrested and put away years later for robbery, kidnapping and more, the hoopla may’ve been absent, but he was found guilty and sentenced to 33-years in prison.

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