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Jail time? 6 Hollywood actors with the most arrests

It seems to happen all the time. A famous actor or actress becomes infamous not because of their latest movie or a new development in their love life, but because they are behind bars. Over the years, dozens of Hollywood’s biggest names have been arrested – and for a wide variety of reasons. Certain celebrity arrests, such as those of Hugh Grant or Shia LeBeouf, are a source of mild teasing. Others, like OJ Simpson, become a national obsession.

However, celebrity arrests aren’t always just a headline. The legal problems of some celebrities indicate serious problems in their personal lives. And sometimes their encounters with the law bring to light issues such as drug addiction, alcoholism and domestic violence.

Many celebrities who get busted end up straightening out their act. But a few have had a surprising number of run-ins with law enforcement. Here are six famous Hollywood actors who have been arrested a surprising number of times.

1. Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen in The west wing | Source: BNC

There is one thing that is very clear about Martin Sheen: politics is in his blood. Over the years he starred in films like Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnamese epic Revelation now and as an adviser to the White House in The American President. Most of us know him as the beloved President Bartlet on the hit NBC series, The west wing. But his other activities also have a strong political orientation — he is a passionate activist who once said that while he makes a living as an actor, his off-screen work is what “keeps him alive”. It also kept him in frequent contact with the police. Since the mid-1980s, Sheen has been arrested 66 times for civil disobedience. And he hasn’t let his past stop him from protesting and speaking out about the causes he’s passionate about: anti-war activism, nuclear proliferation, workers’ rights and environmental preservation, to name a few. name a few.

2.Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark in a scene from 'Iron Man'

Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man | Source: Marvel Studios

He currently plays one of the most charismatic and brilliant superheroes ever created. But for years, Robert Downey Jr. was at rock bottom as he struggled with addiction and got into numerous run-ins with the law as a result. Over several years, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Iron Man the star was arrested six times for drug-related charges. His addiction issues – and subsequent legal issues, led to him being fired from numerous projects, including his “comeback” Ally McBeal. He spent time in prison and in drug rehabilitation centers before finally breaking through. He avoided any further legal trouble – and even received a pardon from the governor in 2015 – and re-established himself as one of Hollywood’s most popular actors.

3. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan as Cady in a scene from

mean girls | Source: MG Films

For a brief moment, Lindsay Lohan was truly America’s sweetheart. But the high pressure of fame got to the young starlet and she found herself struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. Since 2007, she is been arrested at least four times and his probation was revoked four other times for charges of drug and alcohol use and shoplifting. The 29-year-old has suffered financial and work troubles on top of her legal troubles and has apparently spent years going from rehab to jail and back again. In 2015, Lohan successfully completed his probation and has maintained a low profile ever since.

4. Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez in a scene from

Fast & Furious 6 | Source: Relativity Media

She has starred in hit franchises and hugely popular TV series. But Michelle Rodriguez has also made headlines for her non-acting pursuits. the fast furious and LOST the star was arrested five times, for charges ranging from assault to driving under the influence. She also spent nearly three weeks in jail after violating her probation in 2008.

5. Ripped

Rip Torn as Patches O'Houlihan in a scene from

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story | Source: Fox Pictures 2000

Rip Torn has won awards and countless fans for his perfect comedic timing. But the 78 year old man The Larry Sanders Show and Dodgeball star also has a troubled personal life. He was stopped at least four times — for driving while intoxicated and, more recently, for breaking into a bank while intoxicated. According to reports, Torn believed he was entering his own home; Regardless, he was charged with a long list of offenses including unlawful carrying of a firearm, burglary and criminal mischief.

6.Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen in a scene from the sitcom

two and a half men | Source: CBS

Charlie Sheen, like his father, has had many encounters with law enforcement. Unfortunately, it had less to do with political activism than with his own personal demons. Sheen was a staple in the celebrity tabloids for his notorious party – but he’s also been arrested twice for acts of violence against women and a third time for violation of probation. His erratic behavior unfortunately made him more famous than his once promising career ever was.

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