Celebs Behind Bars: What It’s Really Like To Be Locked Up And Famous
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was often a target of controversy on the show. Now inmates say that her celebrity status makes Teresa a target behind bars too.
So far, Teresa has gotten zero preferential treatment, shares a cell and has to work 7.5 hours a day just like the other inmates.
Think Paris got the star treatment in prison? Paris says you’re wrong. She told Larry King that she “was treated like any other inmate — no better, no worse.” She was confined to her cell 23 hours a day, had to eat “jail slop.”
All in all Paris says that her time behind bars was “the most humiliating experience of my life.”
What got her through? Paris says it was letters from her fans: “I would literally sit in bed crying, reading these letters. I had no idea I had so much support from so many different age groups, so many people from around the world.”
Not all starlets have it tough in prison. Lindsay Lohan got out of jail after only 14 days because of prison overcrowding.
She also got free access to all of her many medications, a private cell, access to visitors even after visiting hours and was allowed to order her food from a special store.
Alexis Neiers — one of the girls responsible for the infamous “bling ring” robberies — also got special treatment at the Century Regional Detention Facility. She had her own private cell right next to Lindsay Lohan and was also excused from much of the standard prison treatment. She was released after only 30 days.
Lil Wayne said his 8 months behind bars were “not that difficult.” Jail is jail, but Wayne said he was lucky to get his own cell with a window that faced outside. Wayne says he spent his time cooking, watching TV and polishing his Uno game.
Sometimes it pays to have celebrity money. O.J. says he’s using the proceeds from his book sales to hire private bodyguards to protect him when he’s in prison. Why does he need private protection? O.J. says he fears other inmates who want to make a name for themselves by attacking the infamous former football player.
Martha says they called her M. Diddy while she was away and her five months at Federal Prison Camp, AKA “Camp Cupcake.”
What was her time behind bars like? Martha says she spent her time taking yoga, gardening and working on craft projects including the prison’s prison decorations.
What’s it like in Riker’s Island? Foxy was reportedly “pampered like a princess” while she was away. Her prison gear consisted of Fendi scarves, Gucci sneakers and special-ordered makeup. She also had unlimited TV and phone access and her meals delivered to her cell by prison guards. They even helped her set up an interview and photo shoot to promote her new album.
Remember Girls Gone Wild? It’s creator Joe Francis did 30 days for contempt of court in 2007 and he says it was a breeze.
Joe says that by throwing money around — like offering guards $500 for bottled water — he was able to access anything he wanted. He also says that the other “treated like a rock star” the entire time he was behind bars.
Plaxico says the biggest obstacle during his 20 months in prison were boredom. Thanks to his celebrity status, Plaxico got a private cell. But Plaxico said being alone had it’s consequences: “you never know how long an hour is until you spend 17, 18 hours a day by yourself.”
What are some of the perks of being T.I. while you’re behind bars? Lots of extra phone calls, liberal e-mail use, and lots of leeway when it came to visits from Tiny. The two even got in trouble when they were caught “canoodling” in a private room during one of her visits.
Da Brat says that her prison stay was, well, prison-like, but it was also filled with lots of love. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and Kat Williams were just some of the celebs who visited her “every week”.
Fans also showed their love with 20 to 30 fan letters a day, and even the inmates argued over who could braid her hair.
Chris Brown says that his prison time was no joke:
“A guard wakes you up; you eat. You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day. Maybe on Mondays you go to the roof inside of a cage and have a phone call. It’s isolation. You have time to focus on what matters, on what to do and what not to do.”
Lil Kim says that she got lots of love from her fellow celebrities while she was away. Oprah sent her three letters and three of her favorite books. Tyra Banks even dropped her a few lines and Marc Jacobs “wrote me every freakin’ day.”
But Kim says that she’ll always feel salty that Puffy was the one person who never visited, called or offered any kind of support.