Celebrities who have served time in jail

Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson)

Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) pled guilty to felony charges of peddling heroin and crack cocaine in 1994 at age 19 in New York. He served a total of six months in boot camp. In 2003, he was sentenced to two years probation for battery and assault.

Dawn Wells

This undated photo, supplied by the Teton County Sheriff’s Department, shows Dawn Wells, the actress who played “Mary Ann” on Gilligan’s Island, who was sentenced Feb. 29, 2008, to five days in jail, fined $410.50 and placed on probation in Idaho after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving. The guilty plea came as part of an agreement with prosecutors in which three misdemeanor counts driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance stemming from an Oct. 18, traffic stop were dropped.

Rip Torn

Actor Rip Torn was charged in March of 2009, with breaking into a Connecticut bank with a loaded handgun while intoxicated. Torn did not violate terms of prior probation in this case since he was traveling on foot. Posted $100,000 bail and successfully completed a 2 month stint in an in-patient treatment facility. He is still going through outpatient treatment as well as the current alcohol education program he is currently participating in for prior convictions.

Kid Rock

This police mug shot released by the Dekalb Sheriff’s Office, shows musician Kid Rock after he was arrested early Sunday morning, Oct. 21, 2007, following a brawl at a Waffle House in Atlanta. Rock, who was in town for a show, was released hours later after posting bond. He later pled no contest to one count of simple battery. He was required to pay a fine of $1000 in addition to 80 hours of community service and mandatory 6-hour anger management course as reported on the Dekalb County website.

Kimberly Denise Jones

Kimberly Denise Jones, known mostly as rapper Lil Kim is seen here in her 1996 following her arrest for possession of marijuana. While she spent no time in jail for that offense, Jones did spend 10 months, out of a one year, one day sentence in a federal prison from 2005 to 2006 when convicted of perjury after lying about about her friends’ envolvement in a shooting outside a Manhattan night club in 2001.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

The actress is seen here in her 1989 arrest photo. She was found guilty of assault on a police officer following a traffic stop in Beverly Hills in which the star slapped police officer, Paul Kramer. She was sentenced to three days in jail and was required to pay $13,000 in court fees. Gabor served her time in an El Segundo jail. When asked about the incident Gabor has been known to say that the officer deserved the slap.

Don King

Legendary boxing promoter Don King is seen here in two different arrest photos. Between 1954 and 1966 King was a well-known criminal in Ohio alledgedly committing such crimes as murder, arson, drug dealing and manslaughter. The crimes in which these photos were taken are unknown. Although he was charged with the murder of Hilary Brown he was never convicted as the final verdict found in favor of King by way of self defense. He was however convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter in the beating death of Sam Garrett. A retrial of the case eventually overturned that verdict and King was then convicted of non-negligent manslaughter. King served a total of three and one half years in prison for that crime.

Johnny Cash

Country superstar Johnny Cash is seen here in his arrest photo in 1965. Cash, returning to the U.S. from Mexico was detained at the El Paso airport in El Paso, Tx. under the suspision of smuggling heroin. Further investigation found this to be untrue. Instead Cash’s guitar case was stuffed with a large amount of amphetamines and tranquillizers. It is uncertain what if any formal charges were filed. Cash did spend the night in jail and paid a $1000 fine.

Gary Dourdan

This police booking photo provided by the Palm Springs, Calif., Police Department shows actor Gary Dourdan who plays Warrick Brown on “CSI.” Dourdan, also known as Gary Robert Durdin, was arrested Monday, April 28, 2008, in Palm Springs, Calif., for possession of narcotics and dangerous drugs. Charges for having heroin dropped, guilty of possession of coke and ecstasy. Same lawyer as Lindsay Lohan – Shawn Chapman Holley. No jail. Drug treatment program – 30 hours meeting once a week. All charges will be dropped upon completion per Riverside County courts.

James Brown

No stranger to legal troubles, James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison following an interstate car chase in 1998. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and eluding police according to the New York Times. Brown, seen here in his booking photo served a total of two out of the six years.

George Clinton

Funk music pioneer George Clinton, shown in an undated booking mug, was arrested Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003 in Tallahassee, Fla., and charged with drug possession after allegedly telling an officer he had cocaine in his pocket. Clinton spent less than one hour in jail before posting $2650. According to the documents posted online by the Leon County clerk he pled no contest to the two misdemeanor counts of drug-paraphanelia charges while the felony drug charge for the cocaine was dropped. The details of his sentence were not available. Clinton, 63, who headed the funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic and the collaboration later known as P-Funk in the 1970s and 1980s is considered a father of the genre.

Keifer Sutherland

Booking photo of Keifer Sutherland courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department. Sutherland plead no contest to DUI charges in 2007 and spent 48 days in a Los Angeles jail. It was his second DUI offense in three years.

Glen Campbell

Country singer Glen Campbell is shown in this Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office booking handout photo at the Madison Street Jail in Phoenix. The singer was freed Tuesday on $2,000 bail on charges of extreme drunken driving, hit and run, and suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 75 hours of community service as stated in official court documents.

Sir Paul McCartney

Musician and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo, Japan on January 16, 1980 when customs officials seized almost a half a pound of marijuana found in his luggage. The amount, which was said to be for personal use, was large enough to warrant a smuggling charge punishable by a seven-year prison sentence. McCartney was behind bars for 9 days before he was released and deported.

Wynonna Judd

Country singer Wynonna Judd is shown in a police photo after she was arrested for drunken driving on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003 in Nashville, Tenn. She was convicted of the charge on December 16, 2003. Details regarding her sentence were not available on the Davidson County website.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. is shown here in his transfer booking photo. Downey violated probation for drug and alcohol abuse and a three year sentence from his 1996 arrest was invoked. He spent two weeks in Wasco state prison before being transfered to ‘SATF (Substance Abuse Treatment Facilty) and served a total of three months out of his three year sentence.

Tim Allen

Sitcom star and comedian Tim Allen is shown in this Kalamazoo, Mich., police photo on October 2, 1978, after he was arrested for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover officer. Allen, then 25, was said to have a pound and a half of the substance which then, under Michigan law, carried a potential sentence of life in prison. Allen decided to turn state’s evidence receiving a sentence of five years for testifying against his cohorts. He was paroled just after serving half of his sentence.

Michelle Rodriquez

This photo provided by the Honolulu Police Department shows actress Michelle Rodriquez after her arrest on Dec. 1, 2005. Rodriquez was one of two cast members of the hit ABC series “Lost” arrested in Kailua, Hawaii, on suspicion of drunk driving. She settled two previous traffic cases Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005. Rodriguez had a choice of 240 hours of community service or a five day jail sentence. She chose to go to jail as reported in People magazine. She served her time in the very same prison that Lindsay Lohan is currently at.

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens, the 38-year-old actor known as Pee-Wee Herman, is shown July 29, 1991 in this police booking mug from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s department. He was arrested on charges of indecent exposure in an adult movie theater. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor obscenity charge and was convicted in March 2004. In exchange for pleading guilty he received a sentence that included a fine of $100, one year of counseling and three years probation. He also had to register as a sex offender for the duration of his probation period.

Christian Slater

Christian slater is seen here in a 1994 arrest photo. He was detained for attempting to board a flight with a 9mm pistol in his luggage. In 1997 he served 59 days of a 90 day sentence for three counts of assault and one count of battery. According to online reports Slater was arrested for beating his then girlfriend and assaulted the man that tried to help her. Slater began attacking a police officer he reportedly screamed ‘the Germans are coming, and they will kill us!’ He later admitted to being under the influence of cocaine and heroin at the time.

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