This is just one of your daily reminders that being a celebrity isn’t always the best thing ever. Sure, you have swimming pools of champagne and too many diamonds to fit in your pockets, but you’re also in the public eye. Meaning that when you mess up, everyone’s extra aware of it.
If you get pulled over, your mugshot gets splashed all over the internet, if someone sues you, we get to read all the details of the suit, and if you go to jail…we kinda forget about it. Has anyone ever noticed that? We get so excited when a celebrity first gets in trouble, but by the time they’re actually serving time for it, if that ever happens (cough cough Lindsay Lohan cough cough), they’ve fallen completely off our radar. It’s actually a good way to keep your head down and stay out of the spotlight, when you really think about it. I’d recommend more celebrities taking responsibility for their actions so they can try it out for themselves.
But since I don’t like there being an aspect of pop culture that I can’t spout away about for hours on end, I figured I should look up the celebrities who are currently doing time, how much, and what they did to get there. So here they are, folks — the celebrities you forgot were in jail right now.
1. Orlando Brown from That’s So Raven
Crime: In 2011, Orlando was arrested for a DUI, and posted his $15,000 bail. He failed to complete his court-ordered alcohol education classes for the arrest, however, so he was arrested again in May 2012, and again in July 2012 for missing a required court appearance. He kept skating by until August 23rd of this year, though, when he was (yet again) unable to provide proof that he’d completed his class hours and was remanded into custody after his hearing.
Sentence: 180 days
Expected to be out by: Tomorrow, September 19th, after only 27 days (due to overcrowding)
2. Amber Portwood from Teen Mom
Crime: Amber has had a string of criminal offenses, so the exact reasoning behind this current incarceration is complicated. In November 2010, Amber was charged with three counts of domestic violence (two of them felonies) for video that surfaced of her hitting her boyfriend Gary Shirley. When her apartment was searched after this incident, marijuana and crack cocaine was found, prompting some drug charges as well, specifically an arrest for possession of a controlled substance (a Class D felony), which violated her probation on the domestic-violence charges. At that point, she was given a five-year suspended sentence, with all charges being dropped if she agreed to go to rehab. She agreed, but after multiple failures to complete court-ordered rehabilitation programs. She’s had the full sentence restored, which she began serving on June 13th, 2012.
Sentence: 5 years
Expected to be out by: December 2014 (her sentence should be reduced to 2.5 years with good behavior)
3. Jamie Waylett from Harry Potter
Crime: In 2011, Jamie (who played Vincent Crabbe in Harry Potter), was arrested on suspicion of participating in the 2011 England riots. The specific charge was “violent disorder, having an article with intent to destroy or damage property, and receiving stolen goods.” In this case, what that means is that he was accused of being in possession of a Molotov cocktail while looting a store in North London. Later, when his home was searched, he was also charged with cultivation of marijuana plants after police found fifteen growing at his home.
Sentence: 2 years
Expected to be out by: I’m not sure, since it’s not clear to me when Jamie began his term, although he was sentenced on March 20th, 2012.
4. Fat Joe
Crime: In December 2012, Fat Joe plead guilty to tax evasion between the years of 2007 and 2010. The amount in back taxes is estimated to be about $3 million. He was out on $250,000 bail and required to report back for his sentence beginning August 26th, 2013.
Sentence: 4 months and a $15,000 fine
Expected to be out by: December 2013, if he serves the full time.
5. Lauryn Hill
UPDATE: Lauryn was released from jail on October 4th, 2013!
Crime: In June 2012, Lauryn was also charged with tax evasion for avoiding payment on $1.8 million of income earned from 2005 – 2007. She plead guilty to the charges and pledged to pay back $554,000 immediately. However, by April 2013 she’d paid only $50,000, so in May 2013 she was sentenced to three months in prison, to be followed by three months of house arrest. She has currently paid back in full the penalties and back taxes she owed, and began serving her sentence at a minimum-security facility on July 8th, 2013.
Sentence: 3 months
Expected to be out by: October 2013
6. Phil Spector
Crime: You may not remember Phil Spector, but he used to be a very well-known record producer and songwriter. Now, he’s become infamous as the convicted murderer of an actress named Lana Clarkson in his home in California in 2003. He began his sentence in May 2009.
Sentence: 19 years to life and $26,000 in restitution costs
Expected to be out by: probably never; Phil will be 88 years old before he’s even eligible for parole.