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7 Shocking Celebrity Arrests

07 Mar 2018

Take a look back at some of the most shocking A-list brushes with the law

1. Justin Bieber

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If you listened carefully you will have heard the sound of millions of Beliebers' hearts breaking on January 23 2014: for ever after known as The Day Justin Bieber Was Arrested. He was accused of DUI, among others things, and taken into custody in Miami. After a plea bargain was reached he was eventually released, but not before over 200,000 people signed a petition to have Justin deported from the U.S., to his native Canada.

2. Mel Gibson

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In one of the more shocking celebrity arrests of the last decade, Mel was taken into custody for DUI in 2006. But it was his comments to the arresting officer which really hit the headlines. "What do you think you're looking at, sugar t***?" he said to the female cop.

3. Hugh Grant 

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In what resulted in one of the most awkward-looking mugshots in history (above), Hugh was arrested as part of a vice operation by LA cops in June 1995. He was in the company of Divine Brown and the whole incident was made even worse as the actor's movie Nine Months was about to come out. He carried on with public appearances as planned, facing up to what had happened and eventually winning new fans for his attitude. "I think you know in life what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it," he told talk show host Jay Leno.

4. Reese Witherspoon 

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America's sweetheart fell to earth with an almighty bang when she was arrested for disorderly conduct in 2013. Unfortunately for Reese we didn't just read about this one, we watched it in all its sloppy glory, as the incident was caught on camera.

Reese's husband Jim Toth was stopped on suspicion of DUI, which didn't sit well with his Oscar-winning wife. At all. "Do you know my name? You’re about to find out who I am," she told the officer. "You're going to be on national news." And fans everywhere did a little cringe inside.

5. Winona Ryder 

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The Edward Scissorhands star hit the headlines in 2001 when she was arrested for shoplifting in upmarket store Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. She was charged with grand theft after security guards accused her of stuffing around Dhs18k worth of clothes and accessories into her bag, with a charge of illegal possession of prescription drugs added after some pills were found too. Just like with Reese, the incident was caught on camera, but Winona has maintained it was a positive thing for her.

"I did come up against what felt like a wall. And with what happened… I really needed the time off, which ended up being a couple of years," she later told Interview magazine.

6. George Michael 

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The late Wham! star was famously arrested after being caught in a "lewd act" by a policeman in a toilet in a Beverly Hills park in 1998. It caused the rumour mill to go into overdrive. He poked fun at the incident six months later with the video for his song Outside, which featured George dressed as a police officer performing a routine in a bathroom decked out like a disco.

7. Heather Locklear

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She has been involved in a few catfights during her time on Dynasty, but Heather Locklear's arrest for felony domestic violence and an assault on a police officer came as a shock to fans of the glamorous star. The actress, who is dating former childhood sweetheart Chris Heisser, allegedly became violent towards one officer and she was also arrested on three charges of misdemeanour battery on a peace officer, as well as domestic violence during the incident which took place at her home in Thousand Oaks, California on Sunday night.