They’ve Come A LONG Way: 9 Celebs And The Criminal Records Or Shady Pasts We Forgot About (Or Never Knew About)

January 25, 2013  |  

When you’re young, you can often make a whole bunch of dumb decisions that you don’t realize made no kind of sense until you’re grown. And for most of us, aside from the people that try and give us jobs and get nosy with background checks, nobody has to know about what we did and didn’t do, or why we were running around unclothed in the streets intoxicated. For celebrities though, sadly, this information, which is made accessible in public records, gets passed around once they get notable. Luckily for these famous folks, they were able to move on from their past arrests and mistakes and do bigger and better things. And some have done so well that their sketchy arrest records and bad decisions were news to us. But what about you? Let’s check out a few and see…

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Dr. Dre And The Dee Barnes “Incident”

I dig Dr. Dre as much as most hip-hop fans. He’s a great producer, his music over the years on his own has been pretty classic, and the brilliance of his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are sure to give me hearing problems by 40 (I’m working on decreasing the volume though). So yes, I’m a fan. But many people who just got acquainted with his musical talents not too long ago probably didn’t know about the Dee Barnes “incident.” Back in 1990, VJ Dee Barnes (aka, Denise) had interviewed Ice Cube after he left NWA when the drama between him and his former group was big. And allegedly, the members of NWA weren’t too fond of the way they were made to look in her interview. So when Dre went to a party and encountered Barnes in January of ’91, they had a narsty scuffle (aka, she was assaulted). Reports say he punched her in the back of the head, kicked her in the ribs, and did so in front of everybody. And after the incident was made public, the rapper/producer was less than remorseful. In the end, Barnes filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre, and he received a fine of $2,500, had to do more than 200 hours of community service and more. The lawsuit between Barnes and the rapper was settled out of court.

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Mark Wahlberg’s Early Rap Sheet (No Pun Intended)

When he was Marky Mark from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, I think everybody was giving Mark Wahlberg the eye, and since then, he’s been able to upgrade his status in Hollywood and produce some very dope TV shows and films. But when he was young, Marky Mark f’in up. As a young teen, he had issues with substance abuse, and by 15, he was throwing rocks at black school children while throwing racial slurs their way, attacked two Vietnamese men, one while yelling “Vietnam f**king s**t!” and Wahlberg also went to prison as a young teenager for 45 days for assault. But of course, with age comes the wisdom that he needed to do better. In an interview with The Daily Mail in 2009, he took full responsibility for his past troubles. “Everything I did wrong was my own fault. I was taught the difference between right and wrong at an early age. I take full responsibility.”

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Tim Allen And His coke Connection

Tool Time! Home Improvement was a huge part of my television obsessions when I was growing up, back when family television was just funny–not cheesy. But who knew Tim “The Tool-Man” Taylor, aka Tim Allen, aka, the original cool Santa Clause, aka Buzz Lightyear, was dealing coke back in the day? Back in the late ’70s Allen was arrested for trying to sell a massive amount of the drug to an undercover police officer in Michigan. Back when he was looking like a brother to Mario and Luigi with his swanky mustache, and only 25, he did more than two years in prison, allegedly only two, because he gave up the names of other dealers he knew about.

Marlo Hampton

Marlo Hampton’s Troubled 20s

Before she was doing her short stint on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, rocking Versace and in and out of Christian Louboutins, Marlo Hampton was in and out of handcuffs for a wide range of serious offenses. This included everything from assaulting police officers to domestic violence charges against her, writing bad checks, probation violation and more. Marlo has of course moved on from that past life and says she struggled because of her troubled upbringing coming out of a broken foster care system, and just being young and dumb. But she doesn’t regret it because it helped her get where she is now. In a statement to Bossip she had the following to say about all that was uncovered about her past:

“Let me first state that I am not ashamed of my past as that has helped me become a better woman today,” Marlo told BOSSIP in a statement. “We all have a past and my hard-knock childhood in and out of the Foster Care system is a reflection on a bigger issue we are faced with here in America, a broken Foster Care system. My present charge in life is to live with God in my heart and help young women especially from the foster care system avoid the challenges I faced. I’m more then just what is being said of me and I have a story to tell.”

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James Brown Gets Violent With Tammi Terrell

Where would funk and R&B music in general be without James Brown? While Brown is beloved for his music, and social activism through said music, James Brown was known behind the scenes for his temper too, among other things. In his later years he was arrested multiple times for domestic violence against his third wife, and a girlfriend, but not too many people know that he had issues with domestic violence early in his career, specifically while dating singer Tammi Terrell.  They were together for two years, a time in which she signed to sing with him and travel with Brown and his band. Sadly, there were different incidents of abuse, and the last one, according to her sister Ludie, was why they split. Singer Gene Chandler was on tour with both of them and after their last scuffle, he contacted her family to come get her. (“I witnessed the situation and she came to me for help, then I called her parents.”) Sadly, Terrell would again have to deal with domestic violence when she began dating Temptations singer David Ruffin. And back then, while it may have been frowned upon, people weren’t really calling the police and pressing charges for domestic violence like that in the early ’60s.

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Battle To Get Out From Under Drugs And Back On Top In Hollywood

Am I the only one with a low-key crush on Robert Downey Jr? Well on the new Robert Downey Jr that is. I think everyone knows that RDJ was struggling with drug addiction in the ’90s, so much so that he was in and out of jail, and to be specific, it’s something that he struggled with since he was eight. A month after getting parole for a drug and gun possession arrest in ’96, RDJ wandered into the home of one of his neighbors while high, and ended up falling asleep in one of their bedrooms. It was like a scary version of Goldilocks and the three bears. After that incident, RDJ received three years of probation, but later went on to miss a drug test for his probation, landing him in jail for more than four months. Things continued downward for Downey until 2001, when he finally did rehab, started spending more time on his craft again, and slowly but surely became a leading powerhouse in Hollywood. Talk about a huge comeback!

Chuck Berry And His Videotapes

A rock and roll pioneer and the man behind the duck walk, Chuck Berry is beloved in the music community, and for good reason. But with the law, he’s had nothing but trouble since the mid-to late 40s. But it was in the late ’80s that he found himself in a very creepy and ratchet situation that many people aren’t aware of. The owner of a restaurant in Missouri, Berry was sued by a number of women who found out that Berry had put a video camera in the woman’s bathroom. And while he said he did it to catch an employee he suspected of stealing, videos were found of the women in and using the restroom in his home after a raid (including a minor in the bathroom), so he decided to settle with 59 women and took a charge for possession of marijuana (which was found with the tapes) to duck child abuse charges.

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Khia And Her 20 Mug Shots

Before she was instructing women on how to pop that thang, Khia was racking up more mugshots than hits, and doing so in a wide variety of colorful hairstyles. According to The Smoking Gun, Khia was arrested about 20 times in between ’94 and ’99 for a crazy number of actual felony charges. How she hasn’t done any real jail time after getting in trouble for everything from larceny to fraud, aggravated battery and carrying a concealed weapon, I have no clue. Maybe she got the po-po on her side with her awesome rap skills, eh? Either way, every incident left her with another colorful mugshot to add to her collection.

Allen Iverson’s Bowling Brawl

When I was in school, if you didn’t love you some Allen Iverson and his bad a** persona, you were a square. And you were probably like a Tim Duncan fan or something dull like that. But way before he was taking the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Championship or selling his own shoe with Reebok, or even playing for the Georgetown Hoyas, he found himself in some big trouble at the peak of his high school basketball career. If you’ve seen the 30 For 30 doc on Iverson, you might know this story by now.  But for those who don’t…While out with friend at a bowling alley in Hampton, Virginia, Iverson and his friends got into a shouting match with a group of young white men after complaints were made that Iverson’s crew was being way too rowdy and loud. When things got out of control, they found themselves in a brawl with the white men that escalated into a melee with everyone in the bowling alley. It was alleged that Iverson possibly hit a woman in the head with a chair during the fight (something he still contests since he says he left as soon as the brawl began) and at 17, he was charged as an adult for “maiming a mob.” He ended up spending just four months of a 15 year sentence (that had 10 years knocked off) in jail after a court of appeals overturned his conviction. He came out, and was immediately recruited for the Hoyas. The rest, is history.

Jay-Z And The Stabbing Over Bootlegged Albums

Man oh man, Jay has come so far it’s not even funny. It’s actually mad impressive. In 1999, just as he was coming off his biggest hit at the time with “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” Jay found himself in a messy altercation that had him in a nightclub, stabbing record exec Lance Rivera in the stomach. This was done because according to Jigga Man, Rivera had been bootlegging his most recent release at the time, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. He wound up pleading guilty for a misdemeanor charge that only got him three years probation. In his book, Decoded, he speaks in depth about the incident and vowed to never find himself in such a messy situation ever again. So far, he’s been lucky to not find himself in that kind of drama, and has spent more time in boardrooms making money than in court rooms getting charges.

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  • bigdede

    You forgot to mention that Marky Mark took out one of those Vietnam’s eyes!! I really hope that man sued him for that.

  • chocolatecitycom

    Who knew..Marlo is classified as a celebrity…lol Well…give that girl some work! lol

  • Vee

    Still the fact is he did that and others less rich would have their futures destroyed and be mad examples of…..Is he better then anyone else? No. Does he get treated better then most and given respect for his mistakes? Yes

    • chocolatecitycom

      I think it was about the timing…I don’t know how old you are…but, hip hop was more of a community thing…less attention…less to be held accountable for…..it’s very much main stream and media driven now. I think people got passes for all the wrong reasons back then…..like they re made into superstars/icons for all the wrong reasons today.
      Cause, Dre beat up more than just Dee Barnes..if we really wanna go there. I don’t condone…Men who put their hands on women…the guy is DL anyway. Hip Hop was not a pro female genre..and it’s even less of one today.