Celebrities Accused Of Crimes They Didn’t Commit

Celebrities Accused Of Crimes They Didn’t Commit


While not everyone framed for a horrible crime​​
goes on the run like Harrison Ford in The Fugitive, the world is still full of grim
cases of misplaced blame. The following celebrities were all accused
of crimes, but it was later discovered they hadn’t done the dirty deeds. It’s hard to imagine Keanu Reeves being accused
of anything malicious. He’s got a reputation as one of the nicest
guys in Hollywood, thanks to charitable actions like giving up some of his potential Matrix
earnings so that production could continue. But in 2007, he was sued by a paparazzi photographer
named Alison Silva. It all evidently started when Silva followed
Reeves to a medical facility, where the actor was visiting a relative. Reeves ignored the photographer, got in his
car to leave, and inched forward. At this point, Silva claimed that the actor
crashed into him, causing a painful wrist fracture that rendered him unable to lift
the heavy camera that was necessary for his profession. Reeves disputed Silva’s hit-and-run story,
stating that Silva tripped over his own feet. Silva demanded $700,000, but when the case
made it to court, his so-called evidence shattered worse than his wrist. First, a radiologist’s assessment showed Silva’s
wrist fracture was from a childhood soccer injury rather than a recent incident. More damaging, Reeves’ defense team produced
recent footage of Silva climbing over a fence to snap a picture of Britney Spears, with
the supposedly too heavy camera in hand. Silva then admitted that his lawsuit was a
cash grab and that he’d exaggerated his pain levels. The case was thrown out in less than two hours. These days, Snoop Dogg is famous as one of
the world’s most beloved rap artists, his friendship with Martha Stewart, and his open
love and support of his favorite medicinal plant. But back in 1993, he faced an accusation that
made headlines when the Los Angeles Times reported he’d been charged with a deadly crime. Witnesses claimed that the rapper and his
bodyguard killed a man named Philip Woldemariam. Two other suspects were arrested, and Snoop
himself showed up at the police station alongside his attorney. He was freed on $1 million bail. The case ended up lasting for three years,
with the jurors ultimately believing Snoop Dogg’s defense. His lawyers said that even though the rapper’s
bodyguard had shot Woldemariam, it had been in self-defense, as Woldemariam had been threatening
them with a gun. Snoop Dogg was pronounced not guilty, and
he left the courtroom holding his 2-year-old son. Nicolas Cage has gotten up to some crazy shenanigans
over the years, but he made a point to prove to the world that an outrageous dog-stealing
story wasn’t true. The accusation came from actress Kathleen
Turner, who starred alongside Cage in 1986’s Peggy Sue Got Married. In Turner’s autobiography Send Yourself Roses,
she alleged that Cage had once happened upon a chihuahua that he liked and placed it in
his jacket. She also claimed that the notoriously odd
actor had been arrested twice for driving drunk. While Cage is famous for his eccentricities,
he’s also known for his love of animals, so these claims got him pretty angry. He sued Turner, and he must’ve done a good
job of it because she eventually admitted that her claims were false. So no, Cage didn’t get arrested for two DUIs,
and he definitely didn’t steal anyone’s prized chihuahua. In June 2017, tennis star Venus Williams was
involved in a terrible car accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Williams was driving about 5 miles per hour
through an intersection when a Hyundai Accent driven by a woman named Esther Linda Barson
crashed into the passenger side of Williams’ car. Though Williams herself was uninjured, Barson
ended up with a cracked sternum and wrist, and her 78-year-old husband, Jerome Barson,
suffered ruptured arteries that took his life a few weeks later. Initially, Williams was blamed for the crash,
with eyewitness reports stating that she’d run a red light. In the ensuing trial, video surveillance was
brought to light as evidence, revealing that the only reason Williams had slowed down in
the intersection was to avoid crashing into a Nissan Altima that had abruptly turned in
front of her. Furthermore, it turned out that Williams had
actually driven through a green light, not a red one. In the end, this proved Williams wasn’t responsible
for the crash, though it rendered the accident itself no less tragic. Williams didn’t blame Barson for the accident
either. Instead, she expressed her condolences and
prayers to the Barsons for their loss. “There’s really words to describe it, how
devastating and…yeah. I’m completely speechless.” Amy Winehouse was one of the most iconic performers
of the early 2000s, and her dramatic life story is still being analyzed to this day. She got into some legal troubles, but it’s
worth noting that when an incident involving punching a dancer in the face ended up going
to trial, Winehouse was found innocent. She was backstage at the Prince’s Trust Ball
in central London’s Berkeley Square in September 2008 when the burlesque dancer in question,
Sherene Flash, tried to get a photo with her. Winehouse reported feeling, quote, “intimidated
and scared” by the dancer and asked her to wait a few minutes before doing the photo
op so she could first finish talking to a friend. Allegedly, Flash didn’t abide by this request,
and the dancer instead draped herself over Winehouse’s body. Winehouse said that in response, she pushed
Flash away out of fear, while Flash claimed to have received a punch in the eye. As for what really happened, almost all the
witnesses were drunk at the time of the encounter, which complicated things. So the judge looked at the evidence on Flash’s
body. A medical inspection of her face didn’t demonstrate
the sort of injury consistent with a punch to the eye, lending credence to Winehouse’s
version of events. As a result, the assault charges were dismissed. Sean Combs, the rapper commonly known by such
stage names as P. Diddy and Puff Daddy, faced criminal allegations back at the dawn of the
21st century. In December 1999, a confrontation in a Manhattan
nightclub between men working for Combs and a felon named Michael Allen led to a shooting
that injured three people. Charges were brought against Combs, his bodyguard,
and his protege Jamal Barrow, also known as Shyne. The prosecution further claimed Combs had
tried to bribe his driver with $50,000 to say the gun was the driver’s. Combs said he had no role in the shooting,
and further stated that when the shots were fired, he had been scared that he was a target. In 2001, both Combs and his bodyguard were
eventually pronounced not guilty, much to Combs’ visible relief. Combs would go on to deal with a far weirder
and outlandishly falsified lawsuit 10 years later when a woman named Valerie Turks sued
him. She not only accused the rapper of fathering
her child 24 years earlier and never paying child support, she also blamed him for stealing
a casino chip worth “zillions of dollars.” Yes, zillions. It gets even weirder: She also claimed that
Combs had masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks alongside his ex Kim Porter and Rodney
King, the man who was brutally beaten up by Los Angeles cops in 1991. Unsurprisingly, this case didn’t go anywhere. Todd Bridges will forever be remembered for
the NBC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, in which he played Willis Jackson, as in: “What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” But in the decades since, Bridges has been
in some rough situations. To start, in 1989 he was charged with killing
a man after reportedly firing eight rounds into a convicted Texas drug dealer named Kenneth
“Tex” Clay. Bridges reported being high on cocaine at
the time of the incident. He had been using it every day at that time
in his life. But he also stated that even so, he didn’t
remember shooting Clay. As the case concluded, Bridges was acquitted
of the charges. However, he still faced future charges of
assault with a deadly weapon. Less than a year later, he was arrested for
cocaine possession. Nonetheless, when the assault with a deadly
weapon charges were finally brought against him by late 1990, he was found not guilty,
as the jurors argued that the prosecution hadn’t provided ample evidence. Since those dark times, life seems to have
turned around for Bridges, as he went on to, among other things, write a memoir entitled
Killing Willis: From Diff’rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted. “I love my life today. My life is just totally amazing.” Though the singer of such classic songs as
“Moonshadow” and “Wild World,” today goes by Yusuf Islam, the world will probably always
remember him by his stage name, Cat Stevens. In 2004, the British singer was flying to
Washington D.C. from London when the plane was diverted to Maine, where Islam was detained,
questioned, and deported. He was more confused about this than anybody,
particularly when Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge then publicly accused him of having
connections with terrorist groups in the Middle East. Ridge didn’t elaborate much on why the singer
was on a terrorist watch list, but to groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
the unspoken reason was clear: Cat Stevens was a high-profile convert to Islam with a
record of donating to many Islamic charity groups. Islam himself found the whole thing “totally
ridiculous,” telling the press, “Everybody knows who I am. I am no secret figure. Everybody knows my campaigning for charity,
for peace. There’s got to be a whole lot of explanation.” Whatever weirdness happened back in 2004,
it seems that the matter was resolved to Islam’s satisfaction over the next decade. In 2014, he returned to the United States
for a tour, proclaiming, quote, “I feel very welcome now.” When Rubin “Hurricane” Carter first hit the
middleweight boxing scene, he mesmerized TV audiences with his speed and ferocity. Ring Magazine named him one of the top middleweight
contenders of 1963 after he knocked out 11 of his first 15 major opponents. But then, after losing a title bout in 1964,
even worse luck befell him. In 1966, he was charged with a triple homicide
and given three life sentences. Allegations of racial bias in his trial stirred
up immense controversy, and celebrities ranging from Muhammad Ali to Burt Reynolds spoke up
about how he should be freed. Bob Dylan even wrote a song proclaiming Carter’s
innocence, and the ex-boxer himself penned an autobiography from prison. It wasn’t until 1985 that a federal judge
finally ruled that the original 1966 trial had been prejudiced and agreed to release
Carter back into the world. By then, he had spent 19 years of his life
in prison. “My every day in prison was one of fighting
against the entire prison system.” Carter went on to become an outspoken advocate
for prisoners who were wrongly convicted of crimes, just like him. He served as the executive director of the
Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted for 11 years, and his story was brought to
the big screen in 1999’s The Hurricane, with Denzel Washington starring as Carter. By his later years, Carter was seen as a source
of inspiration for many. He died in 2014 of prostate cancer. Orlando Bowen, originally from Jamaica, made
his name as a football player for the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts from 1999
to 2002. Two years later, he won a new contract, and
things were looking up, when suddenly he got pulled over by two undercover cops. These officers brutally beat him, planted
cocaine on him, and threw him in the back of their car. The assault gave Bowen a concussion, and then
he was left in a jail cell for 12 hours with no medical attention. As Bowen put it, “Going back over what happened that night,
there really are no other reasons other than I’m a minority.” His lawyer agreed, telling the press, “You don’t need a statement from a police
officer saying, ‘I did this to him because he’s black.’ You can put two and two together.” As Bowen’s case went to court, it was revealed
that one of the arresting officers had been dealing cocaine, and Bowen was pronounced
innocent. Unfortunately, his football career was finished
due to the vicious concussion he sustained during the attack. In response, he filed a $14 million lawsuit
against the police department, which was settled out of court. Since then, he’s gone on to become a notable
public speaker, and he even forgave the officers who assaulted him. “Even though difficult things may happen to
us, and will happen to us, those things don’t have to determine who we are, first of all,
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37 Replies to “Celebrities Accused Of Crimes They Didn’t Commit”

  1. Like most of the celebrity men that the MeToo movement accused, like bill Cosby, Harvey, Kevin Spacey, and many others,

    Those bitches waited waaay too fucking long to say something and they have no proof, just only their stories and their tears, bitch you can't fool me with that shit, many other people? Yes, but not me, sit your bitch asses back down and shut your bitch asses up

  2. Lol, betcha lots of misogynists are on their way here to find “more” evidence of “waaahmens”, “feeemales”, “bitches”, “thots”, and whatever new slur they came up with this week, being crazy and vengeful,
    only to find nothing.

  3. This is why I'm a little Leary of groups like the " Me Too movement and "Black lives matter," we need to stop and examine each case on its merits! Stop jumping up and blaming someone without the facts!

  4. person: Officer, keanu Reeves did an crime
    Officer: officer brigs, take this (person) away because he’s/she’s clearly insane

  5. Technically speaking, Rubin Carter was never found innocent. He was acquitted due to mistrial. Not the same thing.

  6. Cat Stevens did go on record stating that Salman Rushdie needed to die for writing "The Satanic Verses" and supported the fatwah. If you're going to report, report all of it.

  7. Why is it always recent events in these videos? I clicked on to see if they would mention the Fatty Arbuckle case. No surprise too ancient for them despite the fact it is one of the most famous scandals in Tinseltown.

  8. Cat Stevens was originally Steven Georgiou, aka Steve Adams who became Yusuf. He still uses Cat Stevens on his Twitter and other social media.

  9. I can relate , I'm three years into a case, where I'm being charged with something I didn't due. I cannot say too much but I've told them there's a major lawsuit pending of $4.2billion dollars for punitive damages ! God bless amen.🇺🇸🇦🇹🇬🇧🏳️‍🌈🇻🇮🇻🇦🇺🇳

  10. Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) and his placement on the TSA's "No-Fly List" had some collateral damage: Catherine Stevens (the wife of Senator Ted "The Internet is a Series of Tubes" Stevens) was also denied boarding because she often went by "Cat Stevens" for short.

  11. I just noticed that in the clip of Amy, she accidentally hit herself in the mouth with the mic. Or she hit the mic with her mouth rather. Such a talented young woman, gone way too soon! Just tragic, so tragic.

  12. I remember the Orlando Bowen case, being that it was local to me. I'm glad to have the case see the light, but wish he had a better outcome. He had a future before all this happened to him.

  13. I look forward to the day that Johnny Depp is on this list because Amber heard lied sooooooo freaking much and has proven, by her own admission in affidavits that she abused him.

  14. They shouldn't let people accused of murder and horrible crimes, have the option to pay a certain amount to be let out of jail, money over murder just proves how greedy you yanks are.

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