5 bizarre celebrity arrests that changed the public’s perception of them

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Celebrities; is there anything they can’t do? Well yeah, actually. There’s quite a long list of things they can’t do. Normally they’re called “œlaws.”Lucky for us, they don’t always care that they aren’t supposed to break them, and we’re graced with hilarious and often hard to believe headlines as a result.

The recent arrest of “˜Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star Jeff Garlin, for example, offered a reminder that when celebrities go off, it’s often a special kind of fantastic. In an apparent dispute over a parking space, the comedian and improviser allegedly smashed several windows on the other person’s car, which partly seems insane, but when you think about parking in LA, kind of also makes perfect sense. In the big picture though, Jeff’s little scuffle is barely even a blip on the list of the craziest celebrity arrests.

5 Lindsay Lohan

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Of course. Was there ever any chance of getting to the end of this list without acknowledging the reigning First Lady of celebrity arrests? No, there wasn’t. And that’s thanks to perhaps her nuttiest run-in with the law back in 2007 when Lindsay was nabbed for a DUI with a car full of terrified passengers and a good measure of cocaine on her person. Seems like pretty standard stuff, except when you remember she also screamed this at the cops: “œI’m a celebrity, I can do whatever the f#$k I want!”Tremendous. Way to endear yourself to authorities, Lindsay.

4 Rip Torn

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In perhaps the ultimate case of irony, this guy’s name almost perfectly describes the level of inebriation he has often been while encountering police. With a stellar arrest record to his name, Rip’s best came in 2010 when he was arrested for breaking into a bank during off hours with a loaded shotgun. Though it wasn’t malicious, he was just so plastered he actually thought it was his own house. Oh, and he was 78 at the time.

3 Gary Coleman

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First of all, let’s acknowledge that the late Gary Coleman was awesome, and that it couldn’t have been easy dealing with people constantly saying “œWhat’chu talkin’ bout”to him everywhere he went. Okay, now let’s get to that time he lost his mind and tried to run a guy over. Back in 2008, after Coleman refused to take a picture with a fan for less than $20, the fan snapped a pictured anyway, and in turn, Gary snapped. He allegedly attacked the fan in the parking lot, stole his phone and hit him with his truck on his way out.

2 James Brown

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James Brown was often referred to as the “œKing of Soul,”but we’d be remiss if we forgot that he was also the “œKing of Frequent Incarceration.”Brown had more than his share of run-ins with the law, but the most bizarre incident occurred in 1988 after someone attending an insurance seminar next door to his office apparently used his toilet without permission. An angry Brown marched into the seminar with a shotgun and pistol in hand, as you would, and wound up leading police on a chase across state lines that didn’t end until they emptied 23 bullets into his tires.

1 Mel Gibson

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All hail Mel, now and forever the king of the celebrity arrest. Thanks to the combination of Mel’s massive star power and the sheer insanity of his drunken tirade to police, it’s hard to see how anyone could outdo him. And if you can’t recall just how crazy this was, just know that he was drinking from an open bottle of tequila while driving through Malibu in 2006 and was wildly cursing them out, making racist remarks and even referred to one of the cops as “œsugartits.”Yeah, bow before the king.

TK Kelly is a comic and writer who has performed at clubs across the country like the Comedy Store, the Improv, Gotham, and Standup NY. He has also written for Tosh.0, Comedy Central Studios, Funny or Die, Recycled Babies Sketch Comedy, and Second City. His standup comedy has been described as “a thing that happens sometimes,” and according to one of his grandmothers, he is a generally delightful young man. If he were forced at gunpoint to describe himself in one word, that would be a really weird hostage situation.

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