The Curse Of Child Stardom? Former Child Actors Who’ve Had Legal Trouble As Adults
It’s hard seeing the cute child stars we once watched on TV grow into adults with legal problems and criminal convictions. But nowadays that seems to be more the norm than the exception. From Dee Jay Daniels to Maia Campbell – check out these 15 former child actors who’ve had legal trouble as adults.
Marcus T. Paulk
Earlier this year, Marcus T. Paulk (the actor who played Myles on Moesha) was arrested following a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, Andi Roxx. According to Andi, Marcus punched and kicked her in the chin and stomach following an altercation that began at a Beverly Hills nightclub. Sad.
In September, former child star Orlando Brown spent some weeks behind bars after four bench warrants for his arrest were issued for his failure to cooperate with court orders stemming from a DUI in 2011. Orlando had similar legal woes in 2007 after being pulled over and arrested for drug possession.
Jennifer Freeman was just the cute little girl from My Wife and Kids (and a few shows on Disney Channel) until 2010 when she pulled a crazy after reading a text message on her husband’s phone. According to divorce papers filed by her husband, Jennifer hit him in the face twice, bit him on the wrist and chest, and attacked him with an iron.
Jennifer’s husband later withdrew the divorce papers.
Twenty-seven year old Shia LaBeouf has had his fair share of legal problems since reaching adulthood. In 2005 he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation with a neighbor. In 2007 he was arrested again for refusing to leave a Walgreens, and in 2008 he was cited on suspicion of drunk driving after officers smelt alcohol on his breath following a car accident. LaBeouf has been relatively quiet lately (as far as legal drama goes), though he has been involved in a couple bar brawls in recent years.
Amanda Bynes has had a string of legal problems ever since she began exhibiting strange behavior in 2012. In that year alone she was charged in three separate hit and run incidents, arrested for driving under the influence, cited two times – one of which was for driving with a suspended license, and sentenced to three years probation
Dee Jay Daniels
In 2012, 23-year old Dee Jay Daniels (who was 11-years old when he played Michael Hughley in The Hughleys) was arrested for marijuana possession, gang activity and murder. He remained imprisoned for the charges until December of that year when he was acquitted.
Danny Bonaduce’s legal troubles began over two decades ago. The most high-profile being his arrest in 1990 for attempting to buy coke in Florida (while heading to an anti-drug campaign) and his arrest for robbing and beating a transvestite prostitute he picked up in Arizona.
In 2010, Maia Campbell was arrested multiple times for incidents involving her admitted drug use and bipolar disorder. Her struggles and recovery were later highlighted on an episode of Iyanla Fix My Life.
Jason Weaver, the actor best known for playing Marcus in Smart Guy and a young Michael Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, was arrested in 2011 for “urinating/defecating in public.” We don’t know which it was (maybe both?) but we do know: Gross.
Macauley Culkin became a very famous 10-year old after he starred in Home Alone, but had squandered most of that fame by the 2000’s when his legal troubles began. Culkin was arrested for possessing a cocktail of illegal substances, jailed and released on bail. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined.
In the late 1980’s Todd Bridges caught a serious case for the attempted murder of a Los Angeles drug dealer, who prosecutors alleged was shot by Bridges. Johnny Cochran ultimately got him acquitted of all charges on that case, but by 1993 he was in serious trouble again for stabbing a man in the chest with a knife. Lucky for Bridges, charges were dropped in that case as well on the grounds that he acted in self-defense.
In 2010, Darius McCrary (Eddie on Family Matters) was served a restraining order from his then-wife Karrine Steffans. According to her, Darius beat her with a belt in front of her son – and it wasn’t the first time. The two have since divorced.
Edward Furlong’s movie career began at 13-years old when he played John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Since then, the now 36-year old has been arrested numerous times for drug and alcohol related offenses: once for driving the under the influence, once for public drunkenness, and a third time for violating a restraining order.
Lindsay Lohan may be the poster child for troubled young stars, but her legal woes are nothing to be taken lightly. The 26-year old has more drug and alcohol related arrests than I have fingers to count them on. And am I the only one who finds her continual DUI offenses (that could seriously kill someone one day) disturbing?
Corey Feldman, star of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and Stand By Me, first got into trouble with the law over two decades ago. In 1990, he was pulled over and arrested for outstanding traffic warrants and heroin possession and charged with two felony counts of possession of drugs for sale.