When you dig a little deeper into the lives and history of celebrities, which is not that difficult to do given today’s nature of social media and increasingly aggressive paparazzi, sometimes you will find some disturbing revelations of their habits and perhaps several run-ins with the authorities.
The world of celebrities can look very strange indeed, because almost their entire lives are under constant scrutiny from the media at large. Celebrities are ordinary people just like the rest of us.
The only difference is that they have the talent and enough luck to present themselves in likable (or perhaps obnoxiously controversial) way to the point where the audience simply want to see more of them.
And because they are ordinary people, sometimes they have to deal with ordinary-people problems such as traffic jams, long queue at the cashier, toilet backing up, speeding ticket, and so on.
A small percentage of popular figures you know apparently has a history of much bigger legal problems for they took the lives of other people. Here is to name a few.
10 Snoop Dogg
Calvin Broadus – or more popularly known as Snoop Dogg – and his bodyguard McKinley Lee was charged with murder after shooting Philip Woldemariam to death.
The victim was a member of their rival gang.
The prosecutors in the case claimed Broadus and Lee shot Woldemariam in the back following a confrontation; on this side of the argument, Woldemariam was trying to flee from the scene.
The version presented by the defense argued that Woldemariam actually was the aggressor.
After several years of legal battle, Broadus and Lee were acquitted of murder charges.
Their defense attorney was none other than Johnnie Cochran, the same person who at around the same time also represented O.J. Simpson.
9 Amy Locane
In an unfortunate sequence of events in 2010, the Melrose Place actor Amy Locane-Bovenizer was drinking heavily then driving her SUV before smashing the vehicle into another car driven by a man named Fred Seeman as he was entering his driveway.
Seeman was heavily injured but he survived the incident; his wife, on the other hand, did not.
At the time of the crash, Locane-Bovenizer’s blood alcohol level was three times higher than the legal limit. She was sentenced to three years in prison for vehicular homicide.
8 Johnny Lewis
Best known for playing Kip Epps in Sons of Anarchy, Johnny Lewis had taken the lives of an 81 years old woman and her cat, before falling or jumping into the driveway head first, cracking his skull; all happened on the same late morning of September 26, 2012.
The woman was Catherine Davis, the owner of Writer’s Villa where Lewis was one of the tenants.
Before Lewis committed the murder and suicide, he first leaped over a fence to a neighbor’s property and attacked two people. When the police arrived, Lewis was pronounced death at the scene.
7 Caitlyn Jenner
Not everything in Caitlyn Jenner’s life is all about good time, fun, over dramatization, and luxury.
While driving on a highway in Malibu, California in 2015, her SUV rear-ended another car driven by a 70 years old woman named Kim Howe, then a series of bad things happened.
After getting rear-ended, Howe’s car careened into oncoming traffic and was struck by a Hummer.
Howe was killed, and seven other people were injured, not including Jenner.
She was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing and able to reach a settlement of $800,000 to Howe’s family.