6 Celebs Who Got In Trouble With The Law: Including Justin Bieber and Cardi B
The stories behind the infamous mugshots....
We may look at our favourite singers, rappers, actors and supermodels as though they’re untouchable superhuman beings but there’s one thing that makes us all the same: the law.
That’s right, nobody can get away with drunk driving, paying hitmen to beat up your enemies or hitting the help, no matter how much money is in the bank. As Cardi B makes headlines over allegedly ordering an attack on two female bartenders back in August, we can’t help but revisit the many scandals (and mugshots) that some of our faves have given us over the years.
Now, let’s go girls...
Perhaps the only unlawful pop star of his elite A-list pop star generation (hey, Miley and Selena have never been arrested), Justin Bieber made front page news around the world in 2014.
The pop superstar was in the midst of his bad boy era, a phrase we don’t use sparingly because he genuinely was going through a bit of bother in his personal life and we all watched it unravel each day as it played out in front of paparazzi.
In January 2014, Bieber was arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with an expired licence and resisting arrest. He admitted to have been drinking, smoking weed and taken prescription drugs prior to driving. Not a good look. This caused so much chaos at the time that over 270,000 Americans petitioned for the White House to deport him back to Canada. What a wild time.
Supermodels haven’t always been so squeaky clean. Naomi Campbell has long been the OG bad bitch and she has often proved her intimidation is not an act, as she’s been known to be violent at various times.
In January 2007, Campbell pleaded guilty to assaulting her former housekeeper - she threw a Blackberry (that’s a mobile phone, kids) at her maid, so the old story goes - and was sentenced to community service in New York, among other requirements.
It’s no surprise that the controversial matter made headlines, which Naomi fully embraced and even encouraged as she attended the five days of service in designer outfits. The big finale came when she infamously left wearing a $300,000 Dolce & Gabbana sequinned gown after completing her service. Truly iconic.
One of our favourite celebrity stories of all time is the one behind Nicole Richie’s mugshot.
The reality star-turned-fashion mogul-turned comedic actress had a slight run-in with the police back in December 2006 after it had been noticed that a car was driving down the wrong side of the motorway.
Yes, that’s right - Nicole Richie was found driving down the wrong side of the motorway and was quickly arrested and given a DUI. She later admitted to not really remembering what happened because she had certainly been driving under the influence. I mean, how can anybody ever top this? (We’re not asking anyone to, please don’t.)
Now this one isn’t so easy to summarise. Lindsay Lohan has been in trouble with the law many times in her life, ever since she first got arrested in 2007.
That was when she was charged with her first DUI, and she would get her second one just two months later when she was also found with cocaine on her. She went to rehab and spent three months in jail this year after the second arrest but it wasn’t the end of her legal troubles.
After leaving jail, she was on probation but broke this several times (for missing a court hearing because she was in Cannes, for example), meaning she would return to jail in 2010 for two weeks.
We kind of lose track at a certain point but she hasn’t been arrested since 2013, which can only be great news! The most recent entry to her collection of mugshots might also be her best, and has become infamous for the killer contour she’s wearing in it.
In October 2018, rap queen Cardi B turned herself into the police for allegedly setting up an attack on two bartenders in a New York City bar a few months prior.
Cardi was accused of plotting and paying for the attack, which apparently started after rumours of her husband Offset being unfaithful with one (or both?) of the women.
There’s a lot of rumours and it’s difficult to keep up with them at times, although we might find out the facts when she appears in court later this month. For now, the reports state that the ‘Bodak Yellow’ rapper has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment for the incident.
The mid-00s was the era of DUIs. If you didn’t have a DUI then chances are you weren’t wild enough to be part of the crazy club kids that dominated the tabloids every single day, from Nicole to Lindsay to their good friend Paris Hilton.
The reality TV mogul was arrested in 2006 for driving while under the influence, resulting in an iconically smug mugshot and major complications in the shooting of her and Richie’s TV show The Simple Life.
The BFFs would usually drive around the US to work ‘simple’ jobs - aka not being famous - and Paris would usually drive, however with both of them getting DUIs in the same year, that wasn’t really an option.