In 2016, a woman called 911 and reported that Chris had threatened her with a gun inside his house. The woman was later identified as Baylee Curran, an aspiring actress. Chris refused to let police enter his home unless the produced a warrant. The police returned with a warrant but he still refused to let them inside and began what many referred to as a standoff with the LAPD.
The robbery-homicide division and SWAT team also responded. TMZ even dispatched a helicopter which was live reporting on the scene. The entire time, Chris was posting videos on Instagram. He constantly berated the police and the ongoing media coverage. He referred to the police “idiots” and “the worst gang in the world.”
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He also continued to proclaim his innocence. He was later taken into custody and released from jail on $250,000 bail. Meanwhile, Baylee Curran also released a video on her own Instagram telling her side of the story. She stated that Chris became belligerent after she tried to touch a piece of jewelry his friend was showing off.
She was later accused of embellishing what happened as a way of getting back at Chris for kicking her out of his residence. The truth of what happened remains to be told but Chris’ lawyer has continued to proclaim his innocence and declared that no firearms or jewelry were found in the residence.
George Clooney was arrested in 2012 while protesting for the Darfur humanitarian crisis. He was taken into custody at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C. and charged with disorderly crossing of a police line, a misdemeanor. He ultimately had to pay a $100 fine without appearing in court.
Clooney was interviewed at the location and made a plea for humanitarian aid. He said, “Immediately, we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.” He also pleaded for the Khartoum government to stop killing its own people and to stop raping them and starving them.”
Shailene Woodley was arrested while livestreaming from the protest going on at the Dakota Access Pipeline on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the tribe’s request to stop construction on the pipeline. The Sioux believe the pipeline will destroy sacred territory.
For indigenous peoples the landscape is a marker for various meaningful things such as ancestry, historical occurrences, or even mythological events. Activists also believe that the pipeline threatens the water supply. Oddly enough Shailene was arrested on Columbus Day which many have reclaimed as Indigenous People’s day contending that the land America was founded on was already inhabited by indigenous people, which is essentially what the DAPL is attempting to do again to the Sioux.
Wood Harrelson has a reputation as a hippie and over the years he has certainly lived up to that reputation. In 1982, he was arrested for disorderly conduct after dancing in the middle of the street and running from the police. Later, the Zombieland actor was arrested after scaling the Golden Gate Bridge with a few other environmentalists.
They were protesting the cutting down of a 60,000 acre ancient redwood forest in Northern California. He also was arrested in Kentucky for symbolically planting hemp seeds. The law did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. Harrelson was also arrested in 2002, for an incident in a taxi which ended with a police chase.
Susan Sarandon is very vocal about various political and social issues. In the late 1990s she was arrested with over two hundred other people while protesting at the New York police headquarters. The demonstrators were there to protest the police shooting of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo. Amadou Diallo was standing outside his building, and several police officers passed by and thought he matched the description of a serial rapist.
Though the officers testified that they had identified themselves as cops, another witness testified they gave no warnings and began shooting. The officers claimed Diallo was holding a gun but it was later shown that he had no weapon, only a wallet in his hands. The officers fired 42 times, hitting Diallo 19 times. This shooting outraged people across the nation and brought the issues of police brutality, overuse of force, and racial profiling to the forefront of the national spotlight.
In 2009, Jessica Alba was almost arrested for pasting posters of sharks around an Oklahoma town. She was with a group who was trying to bring attention to the diminishing great white shark population. While the media had a field and said she was going to be charged with vandalism, Oklahoma City police ultimately said they wouldn’t charge her for the incident because the property owners didn’t want to pursue action.
Specifically, the United Way organization was mentioned as it was their poster she had pasted the shark sign over. She later publicly apologized with a statement in People magazine. Jessica has also stayed active in politics in other activism, most recently lobbying in support of the Safe Chemicals Act, which revised the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. She also claims to offer non-toxic baby products with her Honest Company brand.
The Sex and the City actress was arrested in 2002 while protesting New York City demanding more funding for public schools. At the time she was in a relationship with a public school teacher Danny Mozes, whom she had two children with. In 2004, they parted ways and she began dating an education activist named Christine Marinoni, whom she later married.
Nixon notes that she had previously been involved in relationships only with men previous to Christine, however, when they fell in love that “it didn’t seem so strange” (presumably to be in love with a woman). Cynthia seems to be very passionate about education and those involved in it!
Martin Sheen has a long and storied history as a political activist, with many arrests under his belt. In 1965 he supported the farm worker movement with Cesar Chavez in California. He also often speaks about his belief in the consistent life ethic, which is against abortion, capital punishment and war.
However, he has also stated “I personally am opposed to abortion, but I will not judge anybody else’s right in that regard because I am not a woman and I could never face the actual reality of it.” He has also been active with environmental organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, he supports gun control, he also signed the “Not in My Name” declaration opposing the invasion of Iraq, along with many other political and non-profit organizations.
Daryl Hannah has long been a political environmental activist which has led to her arrest multiple times. In 2006, Hannah was arrested, while confronting authorities attempting to bulldoze the largest urban farm in the United States. She ended up chaining herself to a walnut tree for three weeks to protest against the farmers’ eviction.
The farm had originally been established during the LA riots in 1992 to let them grow their own food. They were evicted when the new owners wanted to build a warehouse. Hannah was also arrested in 2009, protesting against the removal of a mountaintop during a mining effort in West Virginia. They were charged with obstructing officers and impeding traffic.
Khloé Kardashian was arrested in 2007 for driving under the influence. She violated her probation and was sentenced to jail. In 2008, she turned herself in and ended up spending less than three hours behind bars. Of course, the entire incident was being documented by cameras for their show.
The family accompanied Khloé to turn herself in with matriarch Kris Jenner, snapping at the most famous Kardashian, Kim, “Kim, stop taking pictures of yourself, your sister is going to jail.” Allegedly her family keeps a framed photo of her mugshot in their home. Kim later shared some of these photos for a throwback Thursday on Instagram. What a great memory!
The famous football player O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown in the 1990s. American television audiences watched the entire debacle unfold after Simpson went on the run in a White Ford Bronco, which was televised live. Ultimately, Simpson turned himself in with the aid of Kardashian patriarch, Robert Kardashian.
The trial became a spectacle and is still considered one of, if not the, most publicized trials in American history. Simpson was found not guilty for the brutal murders of Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. He was, however, found liable in a civil suit. He later ended up in jail for armed robbery and is slated to get out in 2017.
Jackass star Steve-O is known for his outrageous and risky behaviors. His arrest in 2015 was no different. He scaled a construction crane in Los Angeles to protest against SeaWorld. This was after the critically acclaimed documentary Blackfish was released. At the top of the crane he had a large blow-up doll of a whale and he lit fireworks. As he was arrested he livestreamed the event on Facebook page.
Both LAPD and EMS responded, as they were not informed beforehand that the incident was going to take place. He was later detained and arrested after climbing down and charged with trespassing. He sentenced to 30 days of jail time for the incident. He allegedly purposely wanted to get jail time to increase publicity about whales kept in captivity. Ultimately, he only had to serve around eight hours in jail for the sentence before he was released.
Warrior woman and Xena star, Lucy Lawless, was arrested with the well-known activist group Greenpeace. Living up to her last name, in 2012, she boarded an oil drilling ship in New Zealand with several other activists. They remained on it for 77 hours, refusing to leave. They were attempting to stop it leaving for the Arctic where it was set to engage in oil exploration.
They were ultimately arrested and charged with burglary. She faced up to 10 years imprisonment. She subsequently pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a fine and perform 120 hours of community service. The oil company Shell asked for $545,000 in reparations, which the judge denied.
James Cromwell is a famous actor most known for his roles in films such as LA Confidential and recently the TV show American Horror Story. He also has had a prolific career in activism. In the 1960s, he was a member of the Committee to Defend the Panthers, which was a group that organized to defend members of the Black Panther Party.
He has also consistently been involved with advocating animal rights. He is involved with PETA and became a vegan after his role in the film Babe. In 2013, he was arrested for showing a graphic photo of a cat during a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting to protest against the mistreatment of animals on campus.
Noah Wyle is most famous for his stint as Dr. John Carter on ER. In 2012, he was arrested for protesting in Washington D.C. at Capitol Hill. He was there with disability rights group, ADAPT, who were protesting Congress to not cut Medicaid.
He previously also served as a spokesman for United States’ The Cover the Uninsured campaign, which was held to bring attention to the nearly 44 million Americans who went without health care coverage (pre-Affordable Health Care Act). Wyle stays actively involved with various organizations such as the non-profit Doctors of the World and the Human Rights Watch Council.
Danny Glover is not only a famous actor, but has been involved as a political activist since he was a young man enrolled in college. He has been involved with various Unions and their protests, including the Black Student’s Union, the Algebra Project, the Black AIDS Institute, Walden House, United Farm Workers, UNITE HERE, and other service unions.
He was, along with George Clooney, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly for protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington during a protest over the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. He was also arrested in Maryland during a labor union protest at Sodexo, a food service company, against unfair and illegal treatment of workers. He was cited for alleged trespassing.
Socialite Paris Hilton was arrested in 2006, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Her driver’s license was suspended and she pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge. She was sentenced to probation and fines. She was later stopped for driving with a suspended license, twice within two months. Because of those infractions and her failure to complete an alcohol-education program she was found in violation of her probation and sentenced to 45 days in jail.
She began her jail sentence and a LA County Sheriff signed an order re-sentencing her to home confinement. However, a judge summoned her to reappear the next day and upheld her original sentence. She allegedly shouted in court, “It’s not right!” Film and photographs of her crying in the back of a police car were widely circulated.
Pop star Justin Bieber, has had multiple unsavory run-ins with the law in his short career. In 2013, he was charged in Brazil with vandalism. In 2014, he was accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s home. In the same year he was arrested in Miami for driving under the influence, driving with an expired license, and resisting arrest.
Bieber allegedly admitted to police that he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana, and taken prescription drugs. The toxicology report confirmed that he had THC and Xanax in his system. He was later charged with vandalism for the throwing eggs incident, as there was video footage. He had to pay restitution, serve probation, complete community service and complete anger management courses.
Actress Rosario Dawson has been politically active for the entirety of her career. In 2004, she was arrested protesting the presidency of George W. Bush. In 2016, she was arrested while protesting in a ten-day-long protest with the organization Democracy Spring. The protest marched from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. Democracy Spring is a coalition of more than 100 progressive activism groups.
The group was demanding that a number of bills be passed, primarily those concerning voter rights and fair elections. In addition to Dawson, over 900 to 1200 protesters were arrested. She has also been active with a number of other groups and organizations including Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee, and Voto Latino.