While many celebs spent the warmer months gallivanting in the Hamptons, yachting in the Mediterrean or hitting up [the VIP sections of] music festivals, some were making questionable decisions like staging a protest in Costco, brawling in bars, driving like maniacs and “servicing” themselves in movie theaters. The summer temps brought out “the naughty” in stars ranging from The Biebs to Randy Travis to Fred Willard. Here are 14 celebrities who got arrested, barely slipped by or at the least induced major facepalms this summer.
Just a few weeks after the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother and nephew, began, the jury delivered it’s verdict: guilty. Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson and 7-year-old Julian King lost their lives in 2008 after Balfour allegedly killed the family members upon finding out that his estranged wife, Jennifer’s sister Julia Hudson, was dating someone else. The prosecution cited “overwhelming circumstantial evidence,” including Balfour’s death threats against Julia, in their case, and called over 80 witnesses; the defense called only two witnesses and rested their case after 30 minutes.
“We are disappointed in the verdict, but we do appreciate all of the hard work the jury did in this case,” Balfour’s attorney Amy Thompson told the press after the verdict had been announced. “We’re hoping that the appellate court will take a look at this case with a very critical eye.” The verdict came after 18 hours of deliberation over three days, and shortly after the jury told Judge Charles Burns that it was split on a decision. After further deliberation however, Balfour was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle. Jennifer joined her fiance David Otunga and sister in the courtroom today, and wept when the verdict was read.
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Because of our fondness for Russell Brand, we thought everyone would forgive and forget the fact that he grabbed an iPhone out of paparazzo Timothy Jackson‘s hand and tossed it away. Everyone has a bad day, no? We know it gets frustrating with the paparazzi tailing your every move, and besides he was probably trying to protect his lady friend, Oriela Medellin Amieiro‘s privacy. Okay, in all seriousness, it wasn’t the best move on Rusty’s part. Especially because it was all, ironically, caught on camera. The incident went down in New Orleans when Jackson (and other photogs) were snapping pictures of Russell and Oriela in Brand’s Mustang. Only, Brand decided to get all Terminator on Jackson’s iPhone, reaching into the pap’s car, grabbing it out of his hand and so forth. A police report was also filed against him, which states that Brand threw the phone through the (closed) window of a nearby building.
We really thought this wouldn’t get serious, especially since Russell was tweeting jokes about the incident, writing, “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.” We doubt he’s in a funny mood now that TMZ‘s reporting there’s an arrest warrant out in his name issued by the New Orleans police department. The cops told the site that it’s a misdemeanor warrant for simple criminal damage to property. Even though Russell’s people called in saying they wanted to pay for the damaged window. What we want to know is what the charges translate into? Does this mean a fine? Or jail time? We hope it isn’t the latter! We’re sure he’s learnt his lesson. Just channel another Russell next time … Russell. We mean yoga and meditation connoisseur Simmons.
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Someone up there is really looking after Young Buck. The rapper’s SUV was shot at an astounding 11 times in Nashville in an attempted drive-by yesterday. Buck was driving when a white Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up next to his car and started raining bullets on it at approximately 3:30 a.m. He is unharmed, but his girlfriend Kenyetta Rainey — who was in the passenger seat — grazed by a bullet in her shoulder. A third passenger was also in the car and not hurt. Kenyetta was treated and released from Vanderbilt Hospital.
The police have said that Buck and company were a nightclub called La Bamba in South Nashville and were fighting with a group of people. Both parties left the club at the same time.
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Poor Selena Gomez can’t catch a break these days. First she has to deal with the increasingly ugly off-and-on paternity suit against her boyfriend Justin Bieber. Plus her new puppy Baylor is recovering from a bad case of ODing on rocks. And if this all wasn’t rough enough, a California judge just dismissed the case against her super-scary stalker.
Illinois native Thomas Brodnicki was accused of stalking the Disney star between July and October of this year. The 46-year-old told his therapist that he is obsessed with meeting Selena, and claims to have had conversations with God about killing her. Despite this damning evidence, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edmund Clarke Jr. ruled yesterday that the stalker “lacked specific intent” to cause the actress anxiety or fear and has thrown the case out. Err…isn’t stalking still stalking, regardless of intent? We’re not lawyers, but this seems to set an interesting new legal precedent we’ll call “It’s OK To Do Whatever The Hell You Want, As Long As You Didn’t Mean To Upset Anybody.”
So where do you go when your stalker is freed, your dog is sick, and your boyfriend is being publicly accused of knocking up some rando? Into the loving and self-deprecating arms of Ellen DeGeneres, of course! Selena swung by the talk show host yesterday and opened up about her troubles. “It’s not easy,” she admitted when asked about Justin’s paternity woes. But she got some relief that the suit seemed extremely flimsy, and the general view is that it’s all lies. “It’s good to just kind of be good,” she said. We’re glad she’s finding some equilibrium in this situation.
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Lindsay Lohan is headed back to jail! For about a week. At Lindsay Lohan’s hearing today to discuss the little matter of her violating her probation, Judge Stephanie Sautner slapped the actress with 30 days of jail. Luckily for Lilo, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office says she will only serve 20 percent of the sentence, which translates into six days. Meanwhile, the judge laid down a strict schedule of how Lindsay will complete the rest of her probation to avoid further jail time: By December 14, Lohan must finish 12 days of community service at the L.A. County Coroner’s Office and four psychotherapy session. By January 17, she must complete 12 more days of community service and four more therapy sessions. If Lindsay does not complete the schedule as it was laid out by March 29, she is looking at an extra 270 days in jail. Sources claim the L.A. County Prosecutor was hoping to put our girl away for a full 90 days, so we’re not surprised to hear what Lindsay allegedly said as she walked out of the court room: “Thank God.”
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When we were kids, our parents proudly displayed our (always heinous) school photos to track our annual transition into adulthood. But in Lindsay Lohan’s case, mugshots were a little easier to come by and a little more frequent. The actress racked up her fifth fabulous custody photo in five years yesterday. They grow up so fast! So as we mourn her lost childhood, we present Lindsay’s mugshots as 90s school photos. You’re welcome, Dina and Mike. Join us in the gallery below for the memories, the pouts, and the ever-expanding Lilo lips.
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Lindsay Lohan’s stare-down with the law is almost getting impressive, were it not so amazingly stupid. Despite promising that she’d keep her nose clean (*zing*) after getting released from custody in May, Lindsay has been found in double violation of her probation and now could face time in jail. Maybe even in a real jail this time, and not staying in her house and watching DVDs, which some of us would call “the weekend.”
According to TMZ, the actress has failed to see her court-appointed psychologist once a week, as outlined in her probation terms. Lilo claims that she was unable to attend her shrink sessions because she was working out of the country, but the court says this is no excuse. In fact, Judge Stephanie Sautner specifically forbade her from work if it would interfere with the terms of her probation.
On top of that misstep, Lindsay has also been “kicked out” of her community service gig at the Downtown Woman’s Shelter for “violating the rules several times.” Apparently she “blew off” a total of nine visits, and when she did decide to show, she’d bounce after only an hour instead of the required four. Part of her probation agreement was for her to serve 360 hours of community service by May 2012 and so far she’s done twenty-on, which the judge hilariously calls this “unimpressive.” Lindsay’s now reportedly been moved to a new community service program at the Red Cross. But we should go easy on Lindsay lately, because she’s apparently very busy. From the looks of Lindsay’s brown teeth, she hasn’t even had time to get to the dentist in a while, either.
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While publicity is always good to have, the DJ Qualls police beating is pretty much the worst way you could possibly get back in the public eye. “I was tackled, he put his forearm against the back of my head pushed it into the road, busting open my chin..dont wanna relive,” Qualls tweeted about the alleged incident, which reportedly happened Friday while the actor was in Vancouver filming an episode of Supernatural. “Was not arrested b/c was innocent. I was handcuffed and bleeding while the cop kept saying to me, ‘you think youre f—ing better than me?” This sounds awful. Plus if we remember The New Guy correctly, DJ Qualls weights about 75 lbs soaking wet. It would be like pummeling a Swiffer Sweeper! Why would anyone do such a thing?
Qualls says he “literally did nothing wrong” to incite the incident, which he claims happened after he approached police to alert them to a domestic violence situation he had witnessed on the street. The Vancouver Sun reports that the police department has already begun an internal investigation into the incident. Tweet Qualls yesterday, “The events of Friday night in no way shape or inform my opinions of Vancouver or Canada as a whole. I feel fortunate I get to work here.” Though, imagine how fortunate he would feel if he hadn’t gotten a surprise Canadian beatdown.
Nicolas Cage brought his own special experience to his role in the upcoming film, Trespass. The Oscar-winner has been a personal victim of a intruder to his Orange County home.Ã‚Â ”I have lived through the nightmare, I have been one of those people who has been through a home invasion,” he told a Trespass press panel at the Toronto Film Festival. Although it sounds more like a really bizarre dream than a nightmare. “I was asleep with my wife, my two-year-old at the time was in another room,” he explained. “And I opened my eyes and there was a naked man in my leather jacket eating a Fudgesicle in front of my bed.”
Considering this is the man who did shrooms with his cat, we have a feeling that Nic has woken up to worse.Ã‚Â ”It sounds funny, but it was horrifying,” he continued. “He ran into my bathroom, and I said, ‘What are you doing in my house? Get out of my house!’” What else can you say to a naked stranger eating a Fudgesicle in your bathroom? He eventually persuaded the man to leave, and police soon arrived to take the man to a mental health facility. “I didn’t press charges because I realised he wasn’t all there.” Despite the threat to his family, the ever-zen Cage didn’t go all action star on the dude. “The cops said to me, if he had broken into any other house in this neighborhood he’d have been shot…butÃ‚Â I’m always going to try and talk you out of violence if I can.” Let it be known that Nicolas Cage is a man of peace, Fudgesicles, and the best stories in Hollywood.