From Justin Bieber to Matthew McConaughey and Bill Gates, there’s an array of celebrities who have been arrested for various crimes. Apparently, the fact they are in the spotlight doesn’t mean they are exempt from following the law These celebrities have all spent time in jail or prison. Most celebrities on this list were jailed for crimes that were not so serious.

1Mark Wahlberg

Wahlberg was a drug addict cum dealer. Things came to a head when he was 16 years old and he attacked two Vietnamese men without provocation. He attacked the first with a stick and he punched the second, permanently blinding him in the process.

2Yasmin Bleeth

Baywatch babe Bleeth was arrested in Romulus, Michigan,on September 12, 2001, after her car pulled off the highway and wound up on a median on Interstate 94 as she and her future husband, Paul Cerrito, were heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No other cars were involved. Police found four syringes with an injectable form of cocaine in them and a small plastic bag with cocaine residue on it.

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The next day police conducted a search of her hotel room, and they found more cocaine and drug paraphernalia. In November 2001, through a plea bargain, Bleeth pleaded guilty to possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine and to driving while impaired. She was sentenced in January 2002 to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

3Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda was arrested in November 1970 for allegedly trying to smuggle a large stash of pills through the Cleveland airport (charges were later dropped). Fonda, arriving from Canada, was detained by U.S. Customs agents after a large stash of diet pills, Valium, and tranquilizers was discovered in her luggage. The actress, then 32, was booked on the narcotics rap at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office.

4Mike Tyson

In 1992, Tyson was convicted on one count of rape and two counts of deviate sexual conduct against Miss Black America contestant Desiree Washington on July 18, 1991 and sentenced to six years in prison, but was released on parole after serving three years. After his release in 1995, he engaged in a series of comeback fights.

5Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan is undoubtedly more famous these days for her multiple arrests than she is for her acting.

6Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey was arrested by Austin, Texas police in October 1999 and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a neighbor called to complain about music blaring from the actor's crib. When cops arrived, they found McConaughey dancing around in the buff and playing bongo drums.

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The drug charges against McConaughey were eventually dropped, though the star did plead guilty to violating Austin's noise ordinance, for which he paid a $50 fine.

7Tim Allen

Actor Tim Allen was arrested in October 1978 while attempting to sell a large amount of cocaine to a Michigan undercover officer. Allen, 25 at the time, served about two years in federal prison following the bust.


On October 13, 2007, federal authorities arrested T.I. four hours before the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. He was charged with two felonies — possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

9Paris Hilton

She had been arrested on suspicion of DUI on Sept. 27, 2006, while on her way to In-N-Out Burger, a confluence of circumstances she attributed to having had one margarita on an empty stomach and then setting off in search of sustenance.

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Paris ultimately pleaded down to reckless driving in January 2007 and was sentenced to three years' probation, ordered to attend alcohol-education classes and fined $1,500—a common result for first-time offenders. However, she would subsequently be pulled over the next month for alleged speeding and having no headlights on when she wasn't supposed to be on the road anyway. After being cited for driving with a suspended license, her $190,000 Bentley Continental GTC was impounded and prosecutors vowed to have her probation revoked.

10Paul McCartney

On January 16th, 1980 that Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo, Japan for bringing 7.7 ounces of marijuana into the country. Fans were stunned at McCartney's action seeing as how he had lobbied so hard to be granted a work visa to perform in Japan after Wings was turned away in 1975 due to his previous drug busts. McCartney made no effort to conceal the large plastic bag of pot; instead he simply placed it among his clothes in his suitcase.

11Bill Gates

Bill Gates was arrested in December 1977 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The exact circumstances of this arrest are not known, but it is said to be for a traffic violation. He had been arrested earlier in 1975 for speeding and driving without a valid driver's license.

12Macaulay Culkin

Actor Macaulay Culkin, who gained fame as a child in the smash hit film "Home Alone," was charged in Oklahoma City with marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription in 2004.

13Robert Downey Jr

"Iron Man' Robert Downey Jr was arrested in 1996 on fresh drugs charges after being found curled up in a rat-infested alley, barely able to talk. A policewoman thought Downey, was a junkie or drunk when she came across him at the back of a cheap motel in Los Angeles.

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Already on parole for drug offences, the troubled actor, who also starred in the film Chaplin, was driven to a police station where he was recognised.

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