Justin Bieber is an annoying froth of shit on the history of popular music with a penchant for fast cars and intoxicants, but he hasn’t really done anything that bad, has he? It’s not like he killed someone, after all. Of course, if he keeps on drunk driving, then who knows what the future will bring…
James Brown’s first criminal conviction was at 16 for armed robbery, spending three years in juvenile prison. He went on to have a legendary career that included drugs and weapons charges, a high speed car chase, domestic violence (against more than one wife) and rape accusations.
Back in 1978, the voice of Buzz Lightyear was arrested at an airport with 650 grams of cocaine. After pleading guilty and co-operating with the investigation, he served over 2 years in jail. In 1997, he got a year’s probation and was sent to rehab after being convicted of drunk-driving.
Actress Rebecca Gayheart struck and killed a nine year old boy in 2001, after she drove around cars ahead which had stopped to let him cross the road. According to the police, she was doing 40mph in a 25mph zone and was talking on her mobile phone, which she denied.
Setting aside the horrible child pornography accusations, of which he was completely acquitted, and the underage age sex case he settled out of court, and probably marrying Aaliyah when she was just 15… R Kelly was definitely convicted of battery in 1996 after a brawl which saw one victim need 110 stitches in his face.
After a bit of insider trading through her broker at Merrill Lynch, Martha Stewart was one of many people convicted of insider trading of shares in a biopharmaceutical company. She was sentenced to five months in prison, where she reports her nickname was “M. Diddy”.
What do you do if someone writes an article about you that you don’t like? If you’re Dr. Dre, and there’s no Twitter to send abuse on because it’s 1990, you beat the living crap out of the (female) journalist. Dre was fined $2,500 and given two years’ probation and 240 hours of community service. Which explains Eminem’s line in Guilty Conscience: “You gonna take advice from somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?”
Michael Vick was a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons until 2007 when he was convicted for his role in an inter-state dog fighting ring that had been going on for at least five years. Previously, in 2005, he settled out of court after being accused of knowingly giving someone genital herpes. These days he plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and works for the Humane Society.
Before he was the only boxing promoter most people could name, Don King was an illegal bookmaker who was accused twice of killing. The first time was ruled justifiable homicide, as King shot someone who was trying to rob him. Thirteen years later he was convicted of negligent homicide after kicking a man to death over a $600 debt. He has been sued by nearly every boxer he managed for fraud and Mike Tyson described him as a “wretched, slimy, reptilian motherfucker”.
You may remember this South Korean mixed martial arts fighter from his role as Dr. Evil’s henchman Random Task in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. In 2008 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a violent gang-rape in 1990. He has since been accused of murdering his cellmate but denies the charge.
Ever got completely wasted and felt the urge to go fishing? In 1965, that’s just what Johnny Cash did. Unfortunately, a problem with his truck caused a fire that took a week to put out and drove dozens of endangered condors off their territory. Cash denied he started the fire, saying “No, my truck did and it’s dead, so you can’t question it.” He was fined $125,000.