The media treats them like living gods and goddesses, but celebrities are no better than ordinary mortals.
And sometimes they make mistakes, terrible acts, including murder. The difference between them and us is that they don’t always pay for their crimes.
10 Robert Blake
The actor was the protagonist of one of the most highly-publicized murder trials of the 21 century. In 2001, Blake was accused of killing his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley, who was found shot dead in their car, not far from the restaurant where they’d just had dinner.
Blake has always denied killing her, although two witnesses came forth and testified that the actor had asked them to kill his wife, with whom he had a very complicated relationship.
Blake was eventually acquitted of the murder in the criminal trial. He was found guilty in the civil case and ordered to pay $30 million to Bonnie Lee’s family.
9 John Landis
The highly-acclaimed director was involved in the death of actor Vic Morrow and two children playing as extras during the filming of The Twilight Zone: The Movie.
The tragedy happened when the three victims were caught under an out-of-control helicopter that fell over them.
Landis was acquitted on the manslaughter charges, but he was later sued by the families and paid millions of dollars in punitive damages.
8 Lillo Brancato, Jr.
Remember the teenager who finds a second father in the local Mafia boss, Sonny, in A Bronx Tale (1993)? That was Lillo Brancato Jr, and in 2005 he was charged with murder for the death of a police officer in, yes, Bronx.
Initially charged with first-degree murder, the actor was only convicted for burglary, as it was determined the father of his girlfriend shot the fatal bullet.
Brancato got a 10-year sentence and was released on parole in 2013. He’s now trying to resume his acting career.
7 Vince Neil
Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil was responsible for a car crash in which his friend Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley was fatally wounded. The tragedy happened in 1984 in California, when the two men, both drunk, went out to buy more booze.
Vince Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter, sentenced to 30 days in jail, and ordered to pay more than $2 million as restitution to the victim’s family. He was released after 15 days for good behavior.