Many people like to believe celebrities are just like them. Aside from the fame and riches, we like to think they go through the same trials and tribulations as us.
While they can make the same mistakes as regular folk, sometimes they go a step beyond what we consider normalcy by becoming involved in illegal activity.
Whether it be for driving under the influence or for sexual assault, these famous stars have committed crimes we can’t even begin to image.
You may have forgotten some of the actions these 15 celebrities have done, you’ll be sure to remember their notorious mugshots.
What happened: In 1978, an undercover police officer set up a drug bust in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which led to the arrest of Tim Allen for possession of over 650 grams of cocaine. While he could have faced the possibility of life in prison, he ratted out his fellow drug dealers in a plea deal that sentenced him seven years in prison. He was released after only two years and four months in the slammer.
Where he is now:
After Allen was released from prison, he started his career in Hollywood, and starred in several well known TV series and films, including Home Improvement and The Santa Claus trilogy.
Most recently, the actor wrapped up his latest show Last Man Standing, and has announced he’s been 20 years sober. In a 2017 interview, Allen discussed how his time in prison changed his life.
“It put me in a position of great humility, and I was able to make amends to friends and family and refocus my life on setting and achieving goals.” Allen told Closer.
“I’m not the same guy I was the first time [I was married], when I was hiding and doing what people who drink too much do. I was not connecting,” he added.
What happened: Back in 2012, country singer Randy Travis was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), but it wasn’t just his illegal crime that caught the public’s attention.
Police found the “Whisper My Name” singer buck naked after crashing his 1988 Trans Am in in Tioga, Texas. The dashcam footage revealed that Travis had threatened the arresting officer, when along with other profanities, he said, “You will die motherf*cker.”
A year later, Travis pleaded guilty to one count of DWI and was sentenced to two years probation, ordered to pay a fine, serve 30 days in an alcohol treatment facility, and perform 100 hours of community service.
Where is he now: Despite Travis’s best efforts, in 2017 a judge rejected his lawsuit to block the dashcam’s video to be released. Shortly after the tape was made public, a Travis’s representative said the singer’s actions were not a true representation of his character.
“Randy’s behavior was extremely altered the evening of his arrest due to the state of his mental health, and substances in his body, causing him to do and say things that were entirely out of character,” the representative said. “He suffered a severe concussion and sustained numerous other injuries from the crash.”
“A man of integrity with a good heart, Randy does not and will never condone these type of actions that distort the true beliefs of Randy Travis and his entire family,” he added.
What happened: Unbeknownst to several fans, legendary actress Jane Fonda also had a brush with the law. In 1970, the actress was on her way to an anti-war speaking engagement at a college campus in Ohio, but was stopped by airport security in Cleveland before she could get there. Authorities wrongly accused Fonda of smuggling drugs after they found three plastic envelopes filled with Fonda’s vitamins for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
“They discovered a large bag containing little plastic envelopes marked (in red nail polish) ‘B’, ‘L’, ‘D’–signifying breakfast, lunch, and dinner—that contained the vitamins I took with each meal,” the Grace and Frankie star wrote on her blog. “They confiscated that as well as my address book (which was photocopied) and arrested me for drug smuggling.
In 2009, Fonda finally addressed the situation on her blog, explaining to her fans what exactly went down.
“I told them what they were but they said they were getting orders from the White House–that would be the Nixon White House,” she added. I think they hoped this ‘scandal’ would cause the college speeches to be canceled and ruin my respectability. I was handcuffed and put in the Cleveland Jail, which is when the mug shot was taken. (I had just finished filming Klute so, yes, it was the Klute haircut).”
Where she is now: Nearly 50 years after her arrest, Fonda has become a Hollywood legend. The two-time Academy Award-winning actress has starred in several big name productions, such as The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, and The Morning After.
As of late, you can catch Fonda on the Netflix original series, Grace and Frankie, and yes, she’s as funny as ever.