Last updated on 19th October, 2022
Even the people you adore so much and probably look up to also break the laws (sometimes). Celebs are not often the type of people that end up in prison.
However, poor mistakes landed some famous people in prison and ruined their careers. These are some celebrities presently incarcerated.
Oscar was a South African athlete (professional sprinter) who had his legs amputated when he was a baby due to birth defects. He became one of the world’s most famous athletes after competing as a double amputee in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. On February 14, 2013, however, he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp his girlfriend. According to CNN, Pistorius said he felt an intruder was in his home; the prosecution claimed he killed Steenkamp following an argument. After being found guilty of murder, he was later convicted of murder on appeal and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Known for his role in “The Shield”, Michael Jace has been jailed for 40 years after he fatally shot and killed his wife in front of their children. The homicide which occurred in 2014 seemed to be motivated by jealousy. His wife, April Jace, wanted a divorce, and the husband (Michael Jace) suspected she was cheating. April Jace, 40, was a Biola University financial aid counselor, and was married to Michael Jace for nine years.
Richardson is an American actress who appeared in shows like “The Vampire’s Diary”. In 2013, she mailed letters laced with deadly poison to then president Barack Obama, and two other people, Michael Bloomberg (New York City mayor), and Michael Glaze (head of a nonprofit organization for gun control).
Shannon then framed her husband up by telling the FBI that her husband mailed these letters.
FBI discovered Richardson’s husband was desperate to divorce her after investigating her accusations. Also, every online search at their house concerning making ricin had occurred while he was at work.
Shannon Richardson, the key suspect, admits to mailing the letters herself. She was sentenced to 18 years in July 2014 in a federal prison in Forth Worth, Texas. She is not eligible for parole.
R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for exploiting his celebrity to organize a scheme to sexually assault minors and women. The US R&B singer was convicted last year by a jury in New York of racketeering and sex trafficking crimes.
Kelly, 55, last appeared in court on September 14, 2022, and was found guilty by a federal jury of three counts of child pornography for filming himself sexually abusing his then-14-year-old goddaughter.
According to CBS Chicago, each of the child pornography offense carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and each enticement charge carries a term of up to 10 years in prison.
Harvey Weinstein is a convicted sex offender and former film mogul from the United States. According to USA Today, at least 85 women accused Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate to criminal behavior ranging from massage requests to intimidating sexual advances to rape.
Weinstein was arrested in New York in 2018 and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. In 2020, the producer was convicted of a criminal sexual act against Haley as well as third-degree rape.
He was found not guilty of rape in the first degree and predatory sexual assault against Mann. Weinstein received a 23-year prison sentence and is a registered sex offender (according to Grunge).
Clarence Ray Nagin Jr
Ray completed a fall from grace in 2014 when he was convicted on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, fraud, and money laundering while in public office. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison, according to reports.
57 year old Suge Knight was an America Music Executive and CEO of 90’s famous record label “Death Row Records”. The record label that launched the likes of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s rap career. Knight is now serving a 28-year jail sentence for the January 29, 2015, fatal event at Tam’s Burgers in Compton, California, which took the life of local businessman Terry Carter. In September 2018, Knight accepted a plea bargain and was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Suge Knight is now serving his sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California, and will not be eligible for parole until 2034.