Actors who have been accused of truly disturbing crimes
By Nicki Swift (on nickiswift.com)
Actors spend their careers portraying other people on television and the big screen. But sometimes the celebs we think we know for their roles on camera harbor some secrets that come out in disturbing ways. Here are a few actors you may remember fondly from your favorite shows…who've actually had some dark run ins with the law.
ROBERT BLAKE: Baretta actor Robert Blake spent almost a year in jail while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. According to testimony, Blake had attempted to solicit a retired stuntman to murder his wife while she sat in a car outside of a restaurant in 2001, but Blake was ultimately declared innocent on all counts. He was subsequently held responsible for Bakley's death in a 2005 wrongful death suit and ordered to pay her family $30 million. No one knows who pulled the trigger, but after Bakely's nine previous divorces, the options seem numerous.
RANDY QUAID: Legendary character actor Randy Quaid's descent into madness is at least partially responsible for his unusual crimes. Convinced that he was being pursued by "star whackers" intent on murdering him, Quaid and his wife are accused of skipping out on hotel bills and unlawfully squatting on a property they had sold years prior, and repeatedly failing to appear in court to address these issues. Canada denied asylum for the couple, in part due to their ongoing legal troubles. They were eventually arrested in October 2015 while trying to sneak back into the United States through Vermont...
MARK WALHBERG: As a troubled Boston youth, Mark Walhberg was convicted of mercilessly beating a couple of older gentlemen during a robbery outside of a convenience store. While reports originally indicated that one man lost an eye, the victim recently came forward to indicate that he had already been blind at the time of the attack and has forgiven Wahlberg. Wahlberg is formally seeking a pardon for this attack, but has apparently not yet met with the victim to personally apologize.
MATTHEW BRODERICK: During a 1987 vacation in Ireland, Matthew Broderick and then-girlfriend Jennifer Grey were involved in a head-on car accident which killed both passengers of the victims' car, a mother and daughter. On clear and unobstructed roads, it's theorized that Broderick accidentally pulled his car onto the right, "American" side of the road out of habit, rather than the European left. The victims' family continue to consider Broderick's freedom an affront to justice.
BILL COSBY: Allegations of sexual misconduct against Cosby date all the way back to the 1960s. In recent years, over 40 women have come out to reveal their unsettling experiences with the actor and comedian, many of whom claim to have been drugged. Cosby finally, vaguely addressed the allegations during a 2015 interview with Good Morning America. At the end of the year, Coby was formally charged in a case pertaining to an alleged incident in which he was accused of drugging and sexually abusing a woman in Philadelphia in 2004.
O.J. SIMPSON: In 1995, after one of the most well-publicized trials in history, OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole and and her male friend, despite a history of documented spousal abuse. A subsequent trial found Simpson guilty of their wrongful death and ordered him to pay over $33 million in damages. OJ Simpson is in jail today on charges related to an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas.
WOODY ALLEN: In 1993, filmmaker Woody Allen was accused by his ex-wife, Mia Farrow of molesting his then-seven-year-old daughter, Dylan. A subsequent police investigation resulted in no charges being pressed against Allen. The scandal reappeared in February 2014, when Dylan published an open letter to The New York Times confirming Farrow's original accusations. Allen responded with his own piece in the Times in which he flat-out denied everything.
NICHOLAS BRENDAN: In 2015, former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendan pleaded guilty to criminal mischief charges after he was accused of choking his girlfriend in an Upstate New York hotel. The October 2015 arrest was the fourth for Brendan that year, and his fifth in 12 months. He previously faced charges ranging from public intoxication to property damage.
PAUL REUBENS: Pee-wee's Playhouse star Paul Reubens was arrested and charged with indecent exposure over an alleged incident at an adult movie theater in Florida in 1991. Reubens pleaded no contest to the charges, but has since maintained his innocence. Years later, in 2001, Reubens was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography. That case was later settled. As part of the settlement, Reubens had to register as a sex offender.
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