Celebrities Facing Legal Battles
Celebrities may seem to slide by with a lot of things in life and have many things that others struggle for simply handed to them. One thing that being famous doesn’t do for them, however, is allow them to escape from legal troubles. Celebrities face legal problems just like anyone else, and face struggles that others aren’t likely to contend with in their lives. Being a celebrity does not exempt anyone from having to follow the laws or cope with the same legal system as the rest of us—and may even make it more difficult to approach these problems. Celebrity legal problems can quickly escalate to tremendous scandal in the public eye, which will put additional pressure on already strained emotions.
Some of the common legal problems that celebrities cope with include:
- Hotly contended high profile divorce
- Emotionally-charged custody battles
- Breach of contract claims
- Complaints against or from managers
- Drug arrests
- Driving Under the Influence arrests
- Personal injury
- Tax issues
It seems that there is always a celebrity legal scandal on the news. Some of the legal battles that are currently underway include:
This is a name that no one should be surprised to hear included in a news broadcast. Lohan has been involved in multiple crimes and legal battles, but her most recent has seen her fire her lawyer mere moments before standing in front of a judge in a case of DUI and shoplifting.
The former professional wrestler has seen his share of drama, but in recent years his name has become high-profile for much different reasons. After his extremely public divorce Hogan found himself involved in several legal situations. This most recent issue involves him suing a laser back surgery center for what he deems damaging and unnecessary surgeries. Hogan claims that these surgeries ended his career prematurely.
While some celebrity legal battles are funny, this one is heartbreaking. Josh Bryant, member of the Dallas Cowboys, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter for the December death of his teammate Jerry Brown when Bryant drove intoxicated and flipped the vehicle they were in. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the crime.
It’s not all fun and games for this unfortunately –named ex-major league baseball player. Bradley has been charged with 13 criminal counts against his wife including assault and battery. Known for his aggressive nature on the field, Bradley is also facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and witness tampering. He could face 13 years in prison.
Another sports-related celebrity that is in hot water is Chris Rainey, former Steelers player. Rainey has been arrested for allegedly dragging his girlfriend out of a car, hitting her in the face and then chasing her and shoving her to the ground. This is not the first time Rainey has faced criminal charges related to a girlfriend. In 2010 he was arrested for stalking when he sent threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend.
Lucy Watson is a blogger and Phoenix lawyer who writes about prominent legal cases and the legal problems of famous individuals and businesses for various blogs and websites.