O.J. Simpson may have made it seem as if celebrities are above the law when he was found not guilty of murdering two people in 1995 — murders that many people believe he is guilty of, even today — but it’s simply not the case.
Plenty of celebrities have been hit with the hard news that their public profile means little in the face of the law. “Dance Moms” star and coach Abby Lee Miller just began a one-year stretch behind bars for bankruptcy fraud, and O.J. Simpson himself was just granted parole after serving nine years in prison for apparently stealing sports memorabilia.
Fortunately, most of these individuals have come out on the other end of their punishments as better people — and sometimes even more successful ones — than before.
Here’s a look at five celebrities who have actually spent time behind bars, many while they were famous.
1.) Mark Wahlberg. The star and producer of movies like “Lone Survivor” and “Patriots Day” has come a long way since his troubled youth.
When Wahlberg was only 16 years old, he beat a Vietnamese man while yelling racial slurs. He was charged with attempted murder and wound up pleading guilty to assault. He was to spend two years behind bars but served only 45 days.
It was a complete turnaround following that. Wahlberg became a model and singer — and then eventually the filmmaker so many know today.
“I did a lot of things I regretted, and I certainly paid for my mistakes,” Wahlberg told ABC News in 2006 about his arrest. “You have to go and ask for forgiveness, and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good when I wake up in the morning.”
Wahlberg actually applied for a pardon in 2014 in an attempt to have the charge expunged from his record. He said in 2016 he regretted the controversial attempt to erase his history, but it did give him a chance to meet his victim — Hao Trinh — and to apologize.
“I was able to meet with him and his wife and his daughter and apologize for those horrific acts. Some good did come out of it,” Wahlberg told The Wrap in 2016. (go to page 2 to continue reading)[lz_pagination]