These Mugshots Show 30 Celebrities Who Are Having A Really, Really Bad Day
There’s something satisfying about seeing a celebrity mugshot. Many people believe celebrities can get away with whatever they want, whenever they want. When we see a celebrity mugshot, we learn that they make mistakes just like we do, and at minimum, need to spend a night or two in a sweaty drunk tank just like anyone else.
Half of the amusement comes from the realization that celebrities have moments they are not proud of. Moments where they are hopefully humbled and learn from their mistakes. The other half of the amusement comes when the photos are taken without the help of award-winning make-up artists and costume designers that result in an A-list celeb looking like a complete trainwreck.
Some celebrities are arrested for serious crimes such as child abuse, sexual misconduct, assault, reckless endangerment, and even murder in some cases. We have seen famous people arrested for grand larceny, tax evasion, and insider trading. For the most part, celebrities get popped for possession of a controlled substance such as marijuana and cocaine while others decide to test their fates by getting behind the wheel after they have had one too many drinks.
Either way, the lesson is that anyone can get arrested for anything at any time.
Unfortunately, we typically tend to forgive a celebrity. We gloss over the severity of their crimes, and focus on how they are able to please or entertain us through catchy singles and blockbuster films. Some celebrities never seem to learn their lesson and become career repeat offenders.
Regardless of the length of time celebrities spend in custody, we can be entertained by the variety of mug shots that end up being released to the public through the media. Let’s collectively grin at some of the most insane, hilarious, and heart-breaking celebrity mug shots ever taken.
Coolio is most well-known for his song Gangsta’s Paradise, and apparently tried to maintain his street cred in 2012 when he was arrested by Las Vegas law enforcement. Coolio was originally pulled over for a routine traffic violation. Police found two active bench warrants accumulated from multiple traffic violations.
29. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones have had multiple confrontations with the law throughout the band’s history. This beautiful mugshot came when Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were arrested for a physical altercation with a photographer in Rhode Island. In order to keep the show from being canceled, the rock legends were released into the personal custody of Boston Mayor Kevin White.
28. Bill Cosby
Once heralded as a family-friendly comic with a clean act, Bill Cosby was the television dad of everyone’s dreams. That is until he was arrested in 2015 for multiple accusations of sexual assault made against him. More than 30 woman have claimed that The Cos drugged and sexually molested them years ago. So much for his image as a family man.
27. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah was taken into custody outside of the White House for her part in a 2013 protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. She posted bail in enough time to appear on Fox News’ Hannity, who actually promised to post her bail the last time she was arrested (even though it didn’t end up happening). Hannah responded on the air, “That’s because my bail was too big last time. Now you only owe me a hundred bucks.”
26. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has a storied history of mugshots stemming from arrests for making anti-Semitic, sexist, and racist remarks. One came while he was on the verge of being arrested for drunk driving. Gibson’s actions have cost him work over the years with many studios refusing to work with him or fund his projects.
25. Gary Coleman
The former child star and California gubernatorial candidate got picked up by authorities in Utah for alleged domestic violence in 2010. The warrant was served after he failed to make an appearance in court. Coleman also pleaded no contest to a charge for ramming a fan with his truck outside of a bowling alley.
Before he was brushing elbows with Barack Obama in the White House, Jay-Z had a checkered past. Jay-Z was arrested for the 1999 murder of his rap colleague Lamont “Big L” Coleman, and was facing up to 40 years in prison. The two were very close and collaborated on a few projects.
23. Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant’s name became synonymous with mugshots in the 1990s. This awkward photo was snapped after he was arrested in Los Angeles for soliciting sex from a prostitute. The actor had just earned himself industry praise and respect for his film Four Weddings and a Funeral and immediately fell onto the Hollywood blacklist.
22. Vince Vaughn
Vaughn was arrested alongside Steve Buscemi and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg in 2013 while they were filming Domestic Disturbance. Ironic, right?
The group was drinking at a bar in North Carolina when a local man picked a fight with the actor for talking to his girlfriend, and Buscemi wound up getting stabbed during the incident.
21. James Brown
James Brown might be the king of soul, but he has definitely had a lengthy career behind bars. One of his run-ins with the law happened on September 24, 1988, when he entered an insurance seminar in Augusta, Georgia armed with a shotgun and pistol. He was chased across state lines into South Carolina where he was arrested.
20. Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith was arrested while she was living in Houston, Texas after she was pulled over for driving under the influence. Since she was not quite famous at the time, the incident did not receive much attention. When she was released, she returned to her job waiting tables at Red Lobster.
19. Flavor Flav
The Public Enemy member has been arrested on a few occasions with this mug shot stemming from an arrest in Las Vegas after police pulled him over at 12:30 in the morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and having an open container of alcohol in his 2005 black BMW.
18. Chris Tucker
Comedian and actor Chris Tucker got arrested and briefly jailed in 2005 when he was pulled over in Georgia for driving 109 miles per hour (well over the speed limit) in his 2005 Bentley. In addition, Tucker did not immediately stop for the police officers. He only spent about 30 minutes behind bars before getting released.
17. Charlie Sheen
One of the hardest things about Charlie Sheen’s mug shots is that it is getting increasingly more difficult to match each photo to its specific offense. Sheen has been in legal trouble for drug abuse and domestic violence since 1990. His most recent arrest was in 2009 when he was arrested in Colorado and booked on suspicion of second-degree assault.
16. Shia LaBeouf
Before Shia LaBeouf had some artistic realization that led him to create over-the-top pieces of performance art in front of the awaiting cameras of the paparazzi, he was creating public outbursts to gain the attention of the media. This specific shot was taken after LaBeouf was arrested for causing a disturbance during the Broadway show Cabaret in 2014.
15. Tim Allen
Tim Allen became a comedic powerhouse when he played Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on the smash hit Home Improvement. When he was only a 25-year-old with an incredible mustache, he was detained at an airport in Michigan for possessing an incredible amount of cocaine. He was facing life in prison when he made a deal with authorities that gave them the names of 21 people involved in the trafficking ring.
14. Larry King
Before he became renowned for his mild-mannered interviews as a journalist for CNN’s Larry King Live, he was arrested back in 1971. The talk show host was given $5,000 to give to Jim Garrison, a man involved in the JFK assassination case, but allegedly used it to pay back his debts leading to a charge for grand larceny.
Not many people would associate Cher with leading a life of crime, but the diva was arrested in 1959 when she was only 13-years-old. A friend asked her to watch his car as he ran inside. He must have been taking too long because Cher got behind the wheel and drove it to a drive-in movie theater.
12. Vanilla Ice
Robert Van Winkle, also known as Vanilla Ice, was arrested in 2015 for allegedly stealing furniture and pool equipment from a $1 million home. The rapper had never been in legal trouble before and wound up with a plea deal which led to 100 hours of community service and a $1,300 fine.
11. Robert Downey Jr.
For being one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood history, the Iron Man actor got himself into a plethora of legal trouble over the years for substance abuse. In 2015, he was pardoned for a 1996 drug conviction that landed him in prison. He has since cleaned up his act and made one of the most incredible career comebacks in movie history.
The Jackass star was arrested in 2015 for protesting Sea World amidst the release of the controversial documentary film Blackfish. Steve-O climbed a 100-foot crane above Sunset Boulevard holding an inflatable Shamu toy that read “SeaWorld Sucks” before detonating fireworks. Steve-O was charged with five misdemeanors and served 30 days in jail.
9. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton probably has one of the most beautiful mugshots in the history of mugshots. In 2016, the socialite was arrested for cocaine possession in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police thought they saw marijuana smoke billowing from her vehicle before they pulled her over and discovered the substance in her purse.
8. James Brown
Making his second appearance on this list, James Brown’s 2004 mugshot has to be one of the most recognizable prison photos of a celebrity. The Godfather of Soul was 70-years-old when he was charged with domestic violence, allegedly pushing his wife to the floor during an argument.
7. George Clinton
The lead man of The Parliament and Funkadelic was arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, FL after he told a police officer he had cocaine in his pocket. The singer realized his mistake and tried to hide the sack containing the drug between the seats, in addition to a crack pipe.
6. Dustin Diamond
The actor who portrayed the bumbling nerd Screech Powers in the teen 1990s comedy Saved By The Bell has served his fair share of time behind bars. In 2015, Diamond was involved in a stabbing incident at a bar in Port Washington, WI. He wound up being charged with three misdemeanors.
5. Michael Jackson
One of the most iconic mugshots of all time goes to the late Michael Jackson. The “King of Pop” had been accused of multiple instances of child sexual abuse in 1993 by Evan Chandler. While Chandler originally welcomed the relationship between his son and the pop star, the lawsuit ended up being a whopper, settling for $32 million.
4. Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte’s mugshot is the poster for celebrity mugshots everywhere. In September 2002, Nolte was arrested for driving under the influence on the Pacific Coast Highway near Los Angeles before taking this beautiful train-wreck of a shot. The mugshot appeared on the landing page of his official website.
3. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has too many arrests on her record to cover here. Many of her charges are drug-related and have led to multiple stays in rehab. She has been charged with violating probation and missing her court dates, and in 2010, was fitted with an alcohol-monitoring device to track her activities.
2. Andy Dick
In 2014, Andy Dick took this creepy mug shot after being arrested for stealing a man’s $1,000 necklace. He approached the man, who recognized the comedian immediately, and asked to see the necklace. The man agreed and after handing it to Dick, he ran off with it and was charged with grand theft.
1. Justin Bieber
The teen heartthrob and bad boy has gained a lot of attention for his recent reckless behavior. In 2014, Bieber was driving under the influence of alcohol in a Lamborghini he had rented. The pop star allegedly cursed at the police as he was resisting arrest. Even though his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit, he was unable to pass a field sobriety test.