We always love to idolize celebrities. We look up to them as role models for ourselves and for our children and we follow the latest news about their lives. For the most part, there is nothing wrong with this practice.

Many celebrities are conscious of their status as role models and work hard to live up to that expectation.

In most cases, celebrities work very hard to live up to their status as highly public figures.

We see tons of articles about how celebrities are founding charities and non-profit organizations for their favorite causes.

All of these things fill us with hope that our favorite celebrities will live up to their status and become positive role models for all of us.

However, there are also plenty of examples of the opposite: celebrities who have gotten into trouble with the law and even been arrested for committing crimes.

This list is going to focus on those celebrities. This list will show you the celebrities who have gotten their names into the news for all the wrong reasons, who have committed acts that are questionable at best and downright illegal at worst.

If you want to know about the celebrities who mess up just like we do, then keep on reading.

You will not look at some of the most famous figures in the world the same way again after you finish reading.

10 Martha Stewart

Stewart’s appearance on this list may come as a bit of a shock. She built her reputation as an expert chef who was able to bring cooking to the masses.

Her reputation as an accomplished cook and culinary teacher has been without equal. Her cookbooks are among the most popular that you can buy, and she has even made headlines recently when teaming up with Snoop Dogg.

However, even Stewart ran afoul of the law. Sixteen years ago, in 2004, she received some advice from a friend that a company she owned a significant portion of stock in was about to fail.

Naturally, given this information, Stewart attempted to sell off her stock so as to avoid any losses.

Unfortunately, Stewart should never have gotten this information, and one of her assistants tipped off the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she received illicit advice.

Stewart was then found guilty of insider trading, resulting in a five month stay in a correctional facility as punishment. She has since served her sentence, but chances are that she is going to be much more discerning when she receives tips about her stocks in the future.

9 Tonya Harding

Tonya Harding has received a recent groundswell of coverage in the media due to the film that came out about her life experience, I, Tonya.

In reality, Tonya Harding was one of the most accomplished figure skaters in the world. By the early 1990s, she had become known as one of the best figure skaters in the world. Naturally, she possessed a competitive side that enabled her to climb the ranks to her status as the world number one.

This competitiveness, however, came with a strong downside. When her status as the best in the world was threatened, Tonya Harding looked for less than honest ways to regain and preserve her status as the best figure skater in the world. Then, in January of 1994,

Harding was set to compete in a competition against Nancy Kerrigan, the rival who was most likely to take away Harding’s status as the best in the world.

To ensure that this did not happen, Harding hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan’s leg, thereby ensuring that she would not be able to compete. After being discovered, Harding was able to stay out of jail thanks to a guilty plea and instead just had to pay a fine and perform community service.

8 Ray Rice

This entry on the list is sure to leave a sour taste in your mouth. In 2014, Ray Rice was a successful football player in the N.F.L.

While playing for the Baltimore Ravens, Rice had a very successful career that included a Super Bowl ring from 2012. In fact, he is still on the leaderboard for most rushing yards ever, most touchdowns, and most rushing attempts. Needless to say, going into 2014, Rice must have anticipated a successful season.

All was not well with him, however. A shocking video emerged of Rice beating his fiancée in an elevator. Originally released by TMZ, the video showed the star running back assaulting his fiancée so brutally that she was knocked unconscious. He then dragged her unconscious body out of the elevator.

Rice only received a two game suspension from the N.F.L. and avoided criminal charges altogether. After a public outcry at this light punishment, the Rice’s contract with the Baltimore Ravens was terminated in 2015, although Rice later sued and won for a wrongful termination of his contract.

7 Tim Allen

Tim Allen is well known for his role as the voice actor for Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise. Allen has also appeared in many other roles, carving out a career for himself as a highly successful actor.

Allen has also appeared in For Richer or Poorer, The Shaggy Dog, Galaxy Quest, Big Trouble, and Crazy on the Outside.

However, despite this successful career, Allen has still found himself in trouble with the law. In 1978, Allen was arrested at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan for being caught with more than 650 grams of cocaine. This resulted in federal charges of drug trafficking, a very serious offense.

Despite having been sentenced to life in prison, Allen was able to receive a reduced sentence in exchange for providing authorities with the names of other traffickers. He ended up serving only two years and four months of his sentence before being released on parole in 1981.

6 Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is remembered today as one of the most successful boxers of all time. He became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world at the age of twenty, thus setting the record for the youngest to ever hold that title.

In fact, he was so successful that he won his first 19 professional fights by knockout. His massive success in the ring has caused him to be remembered as one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport.

However, Tyson too has found himself in legal troubles. In March of 1992, Tyson was convicted of r*pe. He took advantage of Desiree Washington, who was herself well known after competing in the Miss Black Rhode Island beauty pageant.

18 years old at the time, Washington accepted an invitation to accompany Tyson to his hotel room, where Tyson violently violated her. After his conviction, Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison, although he only served three years of his sentence, being released earlier for good behavior.

5 Adrian Peterson

Another running back in the N.F.L., Adrian Peterson had a very promising career. He won the N.F.L.’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award in his first season in the league and became just the fifth player to rush for more than three thousand yards over his first two seasons.

By 2010, he had become the fifth fastest player to reach five thousand rushing yards. Needless to say, he had a dynamic start to his professional career.

However, in 2014, Peterson was brought to justice for charges of reckless or negligent injury of a child. In short, it was discovered that Peterson was violently beating his children.

Despite claiming that his draconian form of discipline was simply a tradition passed down through his family, he nonetheless pleaded no contest to the charges. After reaching a plea deal in Texas, Peterson was able to avoid jail time and is still playing in the N.F.L. today.

4 Chris Brown

At this point in the list, we’re getting into some of the most well-known celebrities with checkered stories. Chris Brown seemed like a truly successful artist. His debut album of 2004 reached double-platinum status and his popularity rose as the years progressed.

His second album, released in 2007, also yielded a number one hit, the second of his career. Following the release of this album, it seemed as though Chris Brown would become another well-regarded celebrity.

This all changed in 2009. At this time, Brown was dating Rihanna, another very popular musician. On the night of February 8, Brown and Rihanna got into a serious argument, which quickly escalated.

Brown turned violent and assaulted Rihanna—his attack was so vicious that it left her with visible facial injuries and required her to be hospitalized. Brown then turned himself into the police and pleaded guilty to the felony charges levelled against him. As punishment, Brown was sentenced to perform community service for six months and placed on probation for five years.

3 Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins was a very successful actor, starring as Eric Camden in the television series 7th Heaven. He held this role from 1996 all the way until 2007, become a staple of American television.

He had also made a name for himself by playing Commander William Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. His career as an actor spanned four different decades, and even though he was not a true star in the way some of the most famous actors and actresses are, he was nonetheless very successful.

However, Collins harbored a dark side as well. It eventually came to light that he had molested three underage girls in 1973, 1982, and 1994.

In fact, Collins himself admitted to the crime in 2014. The claims were first released by his then-wife, who released audio recordings of Collins confessing to the crime to a therapist. Despite having publicly confessed, Collins continues to maintain that he is not a pedophile, but rather that he just had an “exhibitionist” fetish at the time the crimes were committed. Because so much time had passed between the crime and Collins’ confession, prosecutors were barred from investigating further.

2 Jay-Z

Today, Jay-Z is one of the most beloved celebrities in the public. A successful rapper in his own right, Jay-Z also owns a record label, Roc-A-Fella Records, which he founded on his own in 1995.

Jay-Z also is one of the most successful musicians of all time, ranking highly on the list of the best-selling artists of all time and having become the first billionaire to earn his money through hip hop music. He has even increased his fame through his marriage to Beyoncé.

Like the other celebrities on this list, Jay-Z also has a checkered past. In 1999, Jay-Z stabbed a rival record producer, Lance Rivera. Jay-Z’s assault on his rival happened at the Kit Kat Klub in New York City. He later pleaded guilty to the crime in 2001. For his crime, Jay-Z was sentenced to three years of probation.

1 Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby has dominated the news in recent months. Cosby came to fame as a comedian, starring as Cliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show.

This family-friendly show launched him into fame, and he received much adulation from his fans for his performance as this character who promoted family values. In addition to his work on this show, he also gained fame for his work as a stand-up comedian, as well as his appearance on numerous other television shows.

Cosby’s reputation was called into question in the middle of the 2010s after multiple women came forth and credibly accused him of assaulting them.

Central to the case was the accusation that Cosby drugged multiple women and took advantage of them while they were unconscious. In 2018, Cosby was found guilty of the charges and sentenced to three to ten years in prison.

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