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Rich Celebs You Didn't Know Have A Criminal Record


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1. Will Smith

After being involved in an attack in 1989, the actor found himself in hot water with the law. The "Men In Black" star had recently won a Grammy Award on that fateful day, and things quickly spiraled out of control after an altercation with a record promoter. The victim had been severely damaged and was on the verge of losing his sight.

Smith, who was only 20 years old at the time, was charged with criminal conspiracy when his security allegedly sought to assault the producer. Smith was fortunate in that the allegations against him were dismissed soon after, sparing him from a prison sentence. We all have regrets, and the incident can serve as a skeleton in the closet for the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

2. Wesley Snipes

With a 5th-degree blackbelt in Shotokan karate, Hapkido, Capoeira, and Kungfu, Wesley Snipes is one of the toughest cinematic performers. Sadly, despite his fighting prowess, Snipes was convicted on three counts of misdemeanor in a highly publicized struggle with the IRS.

Snipes was found guilty of tax evasion in the case for money earned between 1999 and 2004, a time during which he made about $40 million but paid no taxes. According to the IRS, Snipes was able to dodge paying $7 million in past taxes, a staggering amount. As the case progressed, the actor blamed his problems on his accountant and tax lawyer, and they were all convicted together at sentence.

After serving two years in prison and a year on home confinement, Snipes went back to court to challenge the IRS, which he lost again. Since then, Snipes has been in films such as "The Expendables 3" and the star-studded "Coming 2 America," which should help him settle his obligations more amicably.

3. Bill Gates

Bill Gates is regarded as one of the most humble celebrities of all time, and despite his vast riches, he is remarkably meek. Behind the geeky façade, though, is an ordinary man who, in his younger days, was a rebel who enjoyed fast vehicles. Gates was arrested in 1975 for speeding, driving without a license, and failing to stop at stop signs!

The first of three arrests by the Albuquerque Police Department resulted in the ever-jolly Microsoft founder taking a mug shot. In the now-famous mugshot, Gates is shown smiling, as is his trademark.

Gates was arrested for speeding and intoxicated driving in 1979 and 1989, but the charges were ultimately dropped.

The good news is that Bill Gates was not involved in any of the episodes and no one was injured, including himself. Gates has been involved in philanthropy since the 1970s and 1980s, and his work with the Melinda Gates Foundation speaks for itself. No hero is truly a saint, when you think about it.

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