Justin Bieber's PSA video on cyberbullying...
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The incident: One of the most recent brushes with the courts comes from the Bieber camp. The situation in contest involves a 2009 mall appearance that was to see the Biebs' signing autographs. Unfortunately, the rowdy crowd was said to be 'OOC' and police advised Bieber's manager, Scott Braun and an executive to send a tweet explaining the show was cancelled. Apparently this didn't happen in enough time so the team was slapped with misdemeanours.The aftermath: As part of a plea deal, Bieber composed a 11-minute anti-cyberbullying video for Nassau County talking on the effects of bullying and other issues such as sexting. If you have eleven minutes to spare and feel inclined to do so - check out the video, which features Biebs' talking to a Long Island high schooler about the increasing problems surrounding bullying. The Bieber camp was also forced to plead guilty to fire code violations and ordered to pay nearly $8,000 to Nassau County.
Boy George, drugs, assault, and more drugs....
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The incident(s): Boy George has a long list of substance abuse charges and battles ranging from heroin addiction to holding and using copious amounts of cocaine. He's also had multiple run-ins with the law including assault charges and even being sued by musician Kirk Brandon. In 2005 while in his New York apartment, the 80's icon was caught with thirteen bags of cocaine, which came to be after George called the cops saying there was a burglary. When the cops arrived to find a blitzed out boy the performer claimed the powder wasn't his.The aftermath: The former Culture Club singer was ordered to sweep the New York streets as part of a community service punishment, pay a minimal fine and try to get his shit together in rehab. Clearly that didn't work.
Lindsay Lohan ongoing troubles...
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The incident(s): Lindsay Lohan and trouble seemingly go hand-in-hand. Maybe it's drugs, maybe it's family, maybe it's Hollywood - whatever it is the girl has been hit with DUI charges, theft charges, cocaine charges, unpaid hotel charges (i.e. Chateau Marmont's $46, 000 unpaid bill), and most recently a mini battle with mama bear Dina. The aftermath: Amidst all the turmoil surrounding the former "Mean Girls" actress, LiLo has managed to stay away from the slammer. Since her various convictions Lohan has completed community service including twelve days inside a LA morgue, and a 18-month alcohol education program. She also had to wear an ankle monitor while under house arrest. The"Rumors" singer and "Liz & Dick" actor completed her required duties ahead of schedule and now it looks like she just has to deal with two fame hungry parents that want her money. It's kind of terrible when you think about it.
Vanilla Ice assualts...the hair...?
The incident: In 2001, the Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested in relation to a domestic dispute with his wife, which allegedly involved him pulling some of her hair out among other stuff.The aftermath: The "Ice Ice Baby" singer took family counselling and was put on a two year probationary period in hopes to curb any notion of ever pulling out a woman's locks again. Weird.
50 Cent's assault and drug charges...
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The incident(s): In 2004 Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) apparently rushed the crowd at one of his concerts after being hit with a water bottle. Also, when the "Get Rich or Die Trying" rapper was 19 he plead guilty to selling heroin and crack cocaine. The aftermath: For his drug charges 50 Cent was sent to boot camp to hopefully shake him out of the scene. It seems to have worked. For the assault charges in 2004 50' received two years probation, was required to attend anger-management sessions and take part in educational anti-violence PSA campaigns.
Elvis Costello slurs racist remarks and then...
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The incident: The British-by-way-of-Canada rocker was drunk at a U.S. Holiday Inn bar in 1979. Sure people can be drunk, but calling Ray Charles a "blind, ignorant n****" and James Brown a "jive-a** n****" isn't a good look. The aftermath: Costello attempted to talk his way around the drunken slurs claiming it was just ridiculous British talk, but even Elvis knew that might not be enough. He then participated in a "Rock Against Racism" charity event and Ray Charles came to his defense saying "drunken talk isn't meant to be printed in the paper".
Snoop Dog / Lion picks up trash
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The incident: In 2006 Snoop was arrested and charged for carrying an illegal weapon at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The rapper claimed the baton was intended to be used in his upcoming music video, the cops didn't buy it.The aftermath: His sentence included community service, three years probation and $1000 in court fees and fines in addition to a $10, 000 donation to a troubled children charity. The rapper asked that his community service include helping children, but his request was dismissed and instead Snoop was asked to pick up a rake and clean up trash at an Orange County park for 160 hours.
Willie Nelson gets busted for pot..again..and again...
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The incident(s): The country legend has been a long advocate for the legalization of marijuana, but his advocacy hasn't stopped the police from charging him for carrying weed, multiple times. In 2006 Nelson and his tour team were busted in Louisiana for possession of 1.5 pounds of marijuana and 3 ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms. In 2010 Nelson was pulled over again, this time in Sierra Blanca, Texas holding six ounces of marijuana. Back in 1990 the crooner also saw his assets seized by the government, who ordered the "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" singer to pay over $16 million because of tax fraud. The aftermath: In response to his 2006 arrest Nelson said "The other guys were 60 years old. My sister is 75, I'm 73, so it's like they busted an old folks home." The 2010 run-in saw Willie posting a $2, 500 bail fee and apparently the prosecutor asked Nelson to perform the famed "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" song in exchange for added leniency. Apparently she was joking.
Keith Richards ordered to....perform
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The incident: In 1977 while in Toronto to record and play some intimate gigs, Richards was busted with heroin in a Toronto hotel. The famed rocker had previous drug-related charges prior to this arrest. The aftermath: His conviction, which initially saw a hefty amount of prison time was reduced to one year probation, heroin treatment and the Stones' guitarist was ordered to play a charity show in Oshawa, Ontario in support of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), as part of his punishment.
Chris Brown does daycare duty
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The incident: His image may have been fairly clean, but in 2009 the R&B/rapper was charged with assaulting his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna. The two were on their way to the Grammy Awards when the incident occurred. We've all seen the picture of her face post-assault.The aftermath: Brown was ordered to do approximately six months' worth of community service, which could be completed in his home state of Virgina. Since the 2009 conviction Brown is said to have completed (still completing...who knows) over 1400 hours of community service, some of which was done so at his former Tappahannock daycare where his mom used to act as director. In between his bar brawl, Grammy Award win, performances and party hopping Brown is also said to have served much of the time working at Richmond Police and Fire Department stations. Here is a video of Brown on-site completing some of his service, with a McDonalds lunch break evidently.
Paris Hilton - cocaine and animals...
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The incident: The quasi pop singer turned wannabe DJ got a dose of court rules after pleading guilty to two midemeanors, drug possession and obstructing an officer, following her 2010 arrest for cocaine possession in Las Vegas. The aftermath: The hotel heiress was ordered to pay $2,000 (so like her lunch money), serve 200 hours of community service and complete a drug abuse program. Hilton went above expectations and actually clocked in 228 hours of service, which included work at The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas and also attended a multiple sclerosis charity race.
T.I. mentors at-risk youth
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The incident(s): Clifford Joseph Harris (T.I.) was charged with trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers in 2007, this came hours before the Grammy-nominated artist was slated to perform at the BET Awards. This wasn't the first time the rapper fell into trouble with the law - in 1998 he was convicted of drug felony charges. The aftermath: Although T.I. underwent years of jail time (repeat jail time at that) plus house arrest, the rapper spent much of his 1500 hours of community service mentoring at-risk youth. He furthered his reach through his self-produced MTV reality show "T.I.'s Road To Redemption", which not only followed his inner battles in and out of the slammer, but it showed his genuine dedication to helping educate and motivate youth, speaking at various churches, community centers and youth housing complexes. Watch him speak at Set Free Ministries about all this.