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12 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Incarcerated

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12 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Incarcerated

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The US carceral state, responsible for housing one-fifth of the global prison population despite Americans making up less than 5% of the world population, has ballooned enormously since the beginning of the war on drugs in the early 1970s.

With nearly 75% of US states containing more prisons than colleges or universities, mass incarceration in the United States has managed to overshadow the power and status of celebrities. Here are some of your favorite celebrities you didn’t know have served time.

Mark Wahlberg

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In April 1988 the former rapper, age 16 at the time, carried out a series of brutal racially motivated assaults on 2 Vietnamese men while high on PCP. Wahlberg would later be convicted of felony assault and sentenced to 2 years in prison, a term he would serve for less than 2 months.

The star would publicly apologize for his actions in 2006 and later seek a pardon for his convictions in 2014. Wahlberg would later rescind his request for clemency following public controversy in opposition to the motion.

Martha Stewart

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The homemaking maven ignited a media frenzy in June 2003 following her indictment on 9 counts by the SEC relating to her role in the ImClone stock trading case. Stewart would later be convicted of 4 counts of obstruction of justice and lying to investigators, resulting in a 5-month stint in a West Virginia correctional facility.

Despite this, Stewart was able to reclaim and rehabilitate her image of domestic perfection following her release in March 2005.

Khloé Kardashian

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Good American founder Khloé Kardashian was sentenced to jail in 2008 following probation violations stemming from her 2007 DUI arrest.

Despite being sentenced to 30 days, Kardashian would be released just 3 hours into her incarceration due to prison overcrowding.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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In 1989, after being stopped for a traffic violation in Beverly Hills, the Hungarian-American socialite slapped the police officer who had pulled her over.

After refusing community service in a plea deal, Gabor was sentenced to 3 days in prison, completing her stint from July 27th to July 30th, 1990.

Wesley Snipes

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After failing to report and pay income taxes from 1999 to 2004, the US government would charge and later convict Snipes of willful failure to file federal income tax returns.

The ruling resulted in a 3-year prison sentence that Snipes began serving in December 2010 at a Pennsylvania correctional facility. Snipes was released from prison in April 2013 and completed his period of house arrest in July 2013.

Chris Brown

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The talented singer has displayed a history of gross violent behavior since his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna following an argument in 2009. Injuries sustained by Rihanna during the altercation would result in her hospitalization shortly after the incident.

Later, in 2013, Brown would be arrested for felony assault in Washington D.C. following an altercation with a fan he refused to be photographed with. Brown would be jailed in a D.C. correctional facility for 36 hours before being released and ordered to report to his California probation officer within 48 hours.

Tim Allen

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In October 1978, more than a decade before rising to fame with his starring role in “Home Improvement,” Allen was arrested in an airport for possession of 650 grams of cocaine.

Allen was able to avoid life imprisonment through a plea deal in which he provided the feds with the names of other dealers in exchange for a reduced sentence of 3-7 years.

Mike Tyson

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Former boxer and current pigeon enthusiast Mike Tyson was arrested in July 1991 for raping an 18-year-old girl in an Indianapolis hotel room. The heavyweight champion was convicted of the charge in February 1992 and subsequently sentenced to 6 years in a federal correctional facility, a sentence he served less than half of.

As a result of his conviction, Tyson is required by federal law to be registerd as a tier II sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Sean Penn

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In 1987, while starring alongside Robert Duvall in the police procedural film “Colors,” Penn had an onset tantrum where he repeatedly punched an extra working on the film.

Penn was convicted of assault in June of that same year and subsequently served 33 days of a 60-day jail sentence.

50 Cent

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Following his ascent to de facto leadership of the East Coast rap group G-Unit, 50 Cent (born Curtis James Jackson III) became one of the most influential men in the music industry. Before finding mainstream success, Jackson sold crack cocaine, a practice he’d begun at the age of 12.

At 19, Jackson was arrested for attempting to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer, carrying a possible sentence of 3-9 years in prison. Jackson was able to have his sentence reduced to a 6-month stint in a correctional boot camp in New York where he was able to obtain his GED.

Paris Hilton

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In May 2007, the hotel heiress turned disc jockey was sentenced to 45 days in jail due to violating the conditions of her probation stemming from a slew of traffic violations.

Hilton reported to a women’s prison in Lynwood, California on June 7, 2007, to complete her sentence. After just 19 days, Hilton was released on June 26, 2007.

Tommy Lee

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The long-time drummer and founding member of the notorious heavy metal band Mötley Crüe spent 6 months in jail in 1998 after pleading no contest to assaulting then-wife Pamela Anderson while Anderson was holding the couple’s son, Dylan.

Lee returned to jail for 5 days in mid-2000 for violating his parole by consuming alcohol.