Celebrities live their lives in front of cameras and the public eye, which forces them to ensure their behavior doesn’t cause a stir. When celebrities do step out of line, tabloids and blogs are quick to document their bad behavior, which is bad for their careers and overall public image. Despite their best attempts to keep a positive public reputation, celebrities sometimes break the law and end up serving jail time. Keep reading to check out our list of ten celebrities who have served time in jail.
10. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a family of nine children. Two of his siblings – brothers Robert and Donnie – also went on to become famous for acting and singing, respectively. Unfortunately for Mark, the fact his parents had to split their attention between all of his siblings seems to have led to some poor decision-making in Mark’s past.
At the young age of thirteen, Wahlberg was already addicted to drugs including cocaine. Throughout his teenage years, Wahlberg was in and out of trouble for fighting with other children. In one incident that Wahlberg would most likely prefer the public to forget, Wahlberg reported shouted racially charged epithets at a group of African American children while throwing rocks at them.
The most egregious of Wahlberg’s childhood offenses came when he was sixteen years old. According to police reports, Wahlberg shouted racially charged slurs at a group of Vietnamese Bostonians before picking up a stick and charging them. Wahlberg attacked a man named Thanh Lam with the stick and beat him so badly that he knocked him unconscious. Later the same day, Wahlberg punched another Vietnamese man so hard that he almost blinded the man.
Wahlberg was picked up by police on the night of these attacks and immediately confessed to the crimes. “You don’t have to let him identify me,” Wahlberg told police, “I’ll tell you now that’s the motherfucker whose head I split open.” For his crimes, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder and was sentenced to two years in Suffolk County Deer Island House of Correction. However, he only served forty-five days.