The popular image of domestic violence usually involves a beer-swilling, shirtless husband beating on his wife because he is upset about how poor he is. But in reality, domestic violence is done by people of all classes, genders and orientations. In fact, many rich and famous celebrities charged with domestic violence as well.
Celebrities Arrested for Domestic Violence
We already wrote about Heather Locklear’s arrest for domestic violence earlier this year, but she certainly deserves a spot on this list even if her case is still pending. Time will tell whether being famous helps or hurts her, but a good defense should focus on facts her not celebrity.
One of the lead actresses of American Horror Story and the niece of Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts was became one of the many celebrities charged with domestic violence after she was arrested for domestic violence against her boyfriend and AHS co-star, Evan Peters, after police responded to a call about a fight the couple was having in their hotel room. As Evan had a bloody nose and a bite mark on him, police arrested Emma.
Evan refused to press charges and Emma was released a few hours later. It’s worth noting that this happened in Montreal and were it to happen in California, prosecutors may still file charges even if the alleged victim doesn’t want them to. That’s why it is so important to refuse to speak with police until you have a domestic violence attorney present.
One of the best known celebrities charged with domestic violence, Chris Brown plead guilty to felony assault and making criminal threats after abusing his then-girlfriend Rhianna after a public fight at a Grammy’s pre-party. He was sentenced to five years of probation.
Nic Cage was arrested for domestic violence and disturbing the peace in 2011, but the charges were dropped due to the fact that no marks were seen on his wife’s arm and she insisted he did not touch her from the first time she spoke with the police on.
In 2011, Mel Gibson plead no contest to misdemeanor battery of his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, after he was accused of slapping her. As part of his plea deal, he served no jail time and instead was sentenced to probation and counseling.
Charlie Sheen was arrested on Christmas of 2009 and booked for second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief related to a dispute with his wife, Brooke Mueller. He plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and had to spend 30 days in rehab, complete 36 hours of domestic violence counseling and serve three months of probation.
After police discovered Christian Slater fighting with his girlfriend in the street while drunk in 1998, he was charged with battering a female companion, battering a police officer and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, three months in a drug treatment program and one year in a treatment program for batterers.
Rapper Joe Budden was arrested for domestic violence after allegedly choking his pregnant girlfriend and intentionally sitting on her stomach, resulting in a miscarriage. He plead guilty to disorderly conduct and the domestic violence charge was dropped.
Celebrities Accused of Domestic Violence But Never Arrested
While there have been many celebrities charged with domestic violence, even more celebrities have been accused of domestic violence by their partners even though they were never arrested for the crime. Among those who have been accused but never arrested are Johnny Depp, Eminem, Sean Penn, Mike Tyson, Bobby Brown, Alec Baldwin, Mickey Rourke and Wesley Snipes.
As you can see, there have been plenty of celebrities charged with domestic violence and an arrest for domestic battery does not need to ruin your life. If you have been arrested in a similar situation, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
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