Not Exempt: What It Takes to Get Arrested as a Celebrity


Celebrities are not exempt from the law. Police may give them preferential treatment sometimes, and it may seem like they get lighter sentences too. The lighter sentences are probably not because judges are seduced by fame, though. Lighter sentences come from extremely high-paid lawyers that are well connected with the judge. Here are four specific examples of celebrities who have been arrested and were forced to deal with the legal system whether their charges were eventually dismissed, found not guilty or found guilty.


Chris Brown in 2009

Chris Brown is a rap artist who often spouts violent lyrics about the police, other people, and women. In 2009, he was arrested for a violent attack on his even more successful girlfriend, Rihanna. His attack consisted of beating her and savagely biting her. He faced two felonies for assault and criminal threat. After pleading guilty, his sentence was five years of probation, some violence classes, and community service. Fans and Rihanna quickly forgave him, and he is still wealthy and a successful rap star.


Stephen Fry and His Spending Spree

Stephen Fry may not be as famous as he used to be, and his celebrity status is more well-known in England. That status comes from being a poet, novelist, journalist and television producer. Also, he is famous for being bipolar, which he has always been open about. He spent a few months in prison for stealing a credit card and going on a spending spree in 1993.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg and His Brush with Prison

In 2007, Snoop Dogg, who has been a rap star for 30 plus years, was facing prison time for felony drug possession and possessing a gun as a convicted felon. For a man who has made a career rapping about pimping women, drugs, guns and shooting people, he solidified his legitimacy. He barely escaped prison and was given probation and 800 hours of community service. Being able to fight his case out on bond, probably from retaining a service like this one, was a great help to him. Whether or not he used a bail agency, like Absolute Bail Bonds, or financed the bond himself is unknown.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson and His Long Rap Sheet

Mike Tyson has one of the longest rap sheets out there in the celebrity world. His most famous arrest was for rape and two counts of sexual deviancy. He was sentenced to three years, but his time in prison was not exactly hard. According to the Daily Mail and his book, The Undisputed Truth, Mike Tyson was getting copious amounts of sex from female prison guards, and he was also having sex with his drug counselor after he paid $10,000 to fix her roof. He said he was so drained from all of the sex, he was too tired to go to the gym. Whether or not all of that is really true or if he was just saying it to make his book good is entirely unknown.

Maybe they do get out of their sentences easier, but they are not immune to arrest and going through the court system. Also, it may seem unfair about celebrities escaping prison or getting light sentences, but there are plenty that do not.

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