It’s easy to forget that celebrities are, after all, human. They have their ups and downs, moments of misjudgment, and times when they find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Here are eight celebrities who have had their brush with legal troubles:
8. Winona Ryder
In 2001, Ryder made headlines after being arrested for shoplifting over $5,000 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Though she faced accusations of drug use, a possession charge was dropped after verification from a physician. In the end, Ryder was sentenced to probation, community service, and counseling.
7. Khloé Kardashian
Kardashian faced legal issues in March 2007 when she was arrested for DUI. While she was sentenced to 30 days in jail for probation violation, she was released within three hours due to overcrowding. Khloé found herself in legal hot water again in December 2011 and March 2012, facing assault claims and a lawsuit related to the weight-loss supplement QuickTrim.
6. Natasha Lyonne
The star of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ had her share of challenges during the early 2000s. Lyonne was arrested for DUI in 2001 and faced additional legal issues relating to disputes with her neighbors. By 2005, health issues combined with heroin addiction resulted in struggles, which led to her journey to recovery.
5. Justin Bieber
2014 wasn’t Bieber’s year. Despite previous minor run-ins with the law, he was arrested in Miami Beach for DUI and resisting arrest. Later that year, he settled the DUI case, making a charitable donation as part of the agreement. Bieber was arrested in September 2014 in Ontario for assault and dangerous driving, and in November 2014, an arrest warrant was issued for him in Argentina.
4. John Mayer
Before Mayer became the musician we know today, he faced legal trouble in May 2001 for driving with a suspended license. He offered to donate to charity in 2009 if TMZ could find his mugshot. After it was found, Mayer donated to two animal charities.
3. Matthew McConaughey
In 1999, McConaughey was arrested in his home after neighbors complained about noise. The reason? A naked McConaughey playing the bongo drums. Though initially facing marijuana possession charges, they were eventually dropped.
2. Reese Witherspoon
Witherspoon’s 2013 arrest was rather unexpected. After her then-husband, Jim Toth, was pulled over in Atlanta for driving in the wrong lane, Witherspoon’s interaction with the police officers led to her arrest for disorderly conduct. She later pleaded no-contest and was required to pay court costs.
1. Shia LaBeouf
From his 2014 arrest in New York to a 2017 incident in Savannah, Georgia, LaBeouf faced multiple charges, including public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and obstruction. His struggle with alcoholism played a role in many of these incidents, prompting him to seek treatment and therapy.