The Top 10 Celebrities Who Have Done Hard Time
Some celebrities whimper, moan, and cry if they have to spend 10 minutes in prison-- we’re talking to you Lindsay Lohan! While many celebrities receive preferential treatment if they’re locked up (and miraculously have their sentences drastically shortened) not all celebs serving time in the big house are as lucky.
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10. Lil Wayne – One Year
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For the longest time Lil Wayne talked the talk, but never walked the walk. Now that he’s serving time his thuggish street image finally has some street-cred. The rapper’s ticket to jail was the result of carrying an unlicensed firearm. The pint-sized rapper was arrested after performing in New York when police spotted him smoking marijuana on the street. They also discovered a .40 caliber pistol on his person. Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve time in New York City’s infamous prison, Rikers Island. Prison time hasn’t stopped the rapper from reaching out to his fans. Wayne has kept a blog on his website Weezy Thanx You where he has outlined his prison routine and his return to writing lyrics. According to reports, Lil Wayne is expected to be released from prison in November after getting time off for good behavior.
9. Lil’ Kim – One Year
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Lil’ Kim ended up in the big house because she refused to snitch on her crew. The rapper was convicted of three counts of conspiracy and one count of perjury for lying to a jury about her friend’s involvement in a 2001 shooting. During the trial of her co-manager Damion "D-Roc" Butler, and bodyguard Suif "Gutta" Jackson, who were charged with murdering someone outside the Hot 97 radio station in New York, Lil’ Kim told the jury she was not aware the two were at the scene of the crime. Security footage later showed all three exiting the building. Bummer for Kim. Lil’ Kim was sentence to one year and one day and served the entire sentence at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia.
8. Tom Sizemore – 16 months
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Tom Sizemore’s first dance with the prison system came after he assaulted his then girlfriend Heidi “Madam Hollywood” Fleiss. He was sentenced to six months in prison and even though he violated his probation, failed numerous court-ordered drug tests, and was caught trying to fake a drug test with a Whizzinator, he magically did not serve any more jail time. That didn’t last long. Sizemore was only able to sidestep the law for so long and was back in court in 2007 for again violating his probation, this time in connection with another drug charge. The court wasn’t so kind to Tommy this time and he was sentenced to 16 months. He was given credit for 213 days already served and served another six months at the Peasant Valley State Prison. It doesn’t seem like Sizemore has learned his lesson. The actor is currently under suspicion for stealing cell phones from Verizon.
7. Tim Allen – 28 Months
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Before the funnyman was a successful sitcom star, he was a struggling stand-up comedian who relied on dubious means to make a living. Allen’s world started tumbling down in 1978 when he was nabbed at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in possession of 1.4 lbs of cocaine. That’s a lot of booger sugar for personal use. Allen received a felony drug charge and quickly rolled over, giving up the names of dealers in exchange for a lighter sentence. Allen could have faced life imprisonment, but his plea bargain only netted him 28 months at the Sandston Federal Correctional Institution in Minnesota. Allen subsequently turned his life around and became a very successful sitcom actor and Disney star. Yet, you wonder if the folks he snitched on have forgotten...
6. Mike Tyson – Three Years
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Mike Tyson’s turbulent path to boxing immortality took a court-mandated pit stop in the Indiana correctional system shortly after his 25th birthday for a rape conviction in the summer of 1991. According to the testimony of his victim – Miss Black Rhode Island – Tyson invited her to his hotel room at around 1:30 a.m. (possibly to discuss politics or watch Golden Girls reruns). After arriving, she claimed that he became overly aggressive and eventually forced himself on top of her. Tyson adamantly disputed the charges, but due to his violent reputation and prior indiscretions, was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years under state supervision (six behind bars and four on probation.) He would serve just over 36 months due to good behavior and once again return to the ring. He would eventually become the heavyweight champion of the world one more time; though most critics contend his skills had greatly diminished – as evidence by his meltdown against Evander Holyfield.