Being a celebrity comes with a lot of advantages. That includes the ability to get away with committing some major crimes. Several of your favorite celebrities have committed significant crimes and gotten off with a slap on the wrist. Here are some of the most bizarre celebrity criminal stories ever told.
6. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a perfect example of this. In 2002, he was given a suspended term for domestic violence, and in 2004, he was given two further suspended sentences for assaulting two women in a nightclub. He accepted a plea deal that required him to serve only 90 days in prison.
5. Matthew Broderick
Broderick and Jennifer Gray were on vacation in Ireland in 1987 when he crashed his car into an approaching vehicle. Broderick was allegedly driving in the wrong lane, triggering the crash that killed the 2 people in the other car. Broderick could have faced a five-year sentence for negligent driving resulting in death. However, he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of careless driving and was only fined $175.
4. Woody Harrelson
In 1982, Harrelson was arrested for drunken dancing on Columbus, Ohio’s streets. He ended up bursting out of the police van and fleeing, and his punishment for assault and resisting arrest was merely a $390 fine.
3. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson was arrested for speeding and suspected DUI in 2006. That would have been enough to make the news. He blew over the legal limit on the breathalyzer, had an open bottle of tequila in his vehicle, and attempted to flee officers rather than get into the car. Gibson received merely probation and rehab, as well as a 90-day license suspension.
2. Khloé Kardashian
She was arrested for driving under the influence in 2007. She was only given three years of probation, an alcohol education course, and roadside cleanup duties at the time. She was sentenced to up to 30 days in jail when she broke the terms of her parole.
1. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie became famous after co-hosting the successful reality show The Simple Life with Paris Hilton. Richie was arrested in 2006 after he was caught driving a Mercedes SUV in the wrong direction in a California freeway carpool lane. She was detained for driving under the influence of drugs and later pleaded guilty. However, she was only given a four-day sentence, three years of probation, and a two-year rehab program for repeat offenders.