Some celebrities seem to draw conflict, no matter where they go. A few of them got in trouble with the law in 2008 and, in some cases, suffered unpleasant consequences as a result.
Five such individuals were:
Apparently, “The Juice” believed the “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” slogan, since he broke into a hotel room in the city back in 2007, along with gun-wielding accomplices, to force a memorabilia seller to return items he claimed had been stolen from him. This resulted in O.J. Simpson’s arrest and subsequent trial.
In October, 2008, Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping charges and on December 5, 2008, he was sentenced by Las Vegas judge Jackie Glass to a maximum of 33 years in prison, with a chance of parole after 9 years.
Flamboyant British singer Boy George, who enjoyed his greatest popularity during the 1980’s, was found guilty in 2008 of hand-cuffing and beating up a naked male escort. Despite his denials of committing the act, the judge hearing the case was unmoved. Boy George, as of this writing, is awaiting sentencing,
Remember Vanilla Ice? You may probably be among those legion of folks who don’t particularly relish the memory, but the ex-rapper and occasional reality television participant still makes the news. One instance was in 2008, when he got arrested for domestic battery against his wife.
She is living proof that beauty, fame and money don’t always mean that you have a happy life. 2008 was an especially difficult year for the 40-ish, still-gorgeous actress. When Locklear was observed acting strangely in a grocery store and then driving unsteadily away, the police were alerted. She was charged with driving-under-the-influence, with the likelihood being that her problem was caused by the prescription drugs she was on for depression.
Hopefully, 2009 will be a much happier year for the troubled blonde star.
Plaxico Burress, a wide receiver for the New York Giants, was arrested in 2008 for illegal gun possession. The football player was carrying a gun in his pocket when he decided to step out to a nightclub in New York City. It might have gone undisclosed had not Burress accidentally shot himself with the weapon, after it started to slip down his pants. Although he got a teammate and hospital employees who treated his wound to stay mum about the mishap, somebody spilled the beans to the cops and Burress was arrested.
While Burress claimed that his reason for having a gun on his person was to protect himself, the Giants player did not have a permit for being able to carry a concealed weapon in the state of New York.