Celebrities are often seen as larger-than-life figures, but they are not exempt from facing the consequences of their actions. In the first half of 2023, several high-profile incidents involving celebrities getting arrested have made headlines. From sports stars to actors and politicians, no one seems to be immune. Here’s a rundown of some of the most notable arrests:
1. Dani Alves
In January, football star Dani Alves was arrested for an alleged sexual assault in a nightclub. Initially denying the accusations, Alves later changed his story multiple times. This led to Mexico’s Club Universidad Nacional terminating his contract, and his personal life suffered as well with his spouse leaving him.
2. Bam Margera
In February, “Jackass” star Bam Margera was arrested after kicking a random woman, mistakenly thinking it was his partner. Prior to this incident, he had been displaying erratic behavior and sending death threats to his brother, resulting in a psychiatric hold in June.
3. Jay Johnston
Actor Jay Johnston, known for voicing Jimmy Pesto on “Bob’s Burgers,” faced arrest in June for civil disorder. He was allegedly involved in the United States Capitol Building incident in January 2021, initially leading to mistaken identity rumors.
4. Haley Pullos
Soap opera star Haley Pullos found herself in legal trouble in April after a car crash in Pasadena, California. She was arrested for a DUI and her disruptive behavior at the scene escalated into a scuffle with hospital staff. These events led to her being recast on the show and facing a lawsuit from the injured driver.
5. B.J. Whitmer
Former wrestler B.J. Whitmer, who transitioned to a coaching role at All Elite Wrestling, was arrested in June for domestic violence. Accusations included attempted strangulation and burglary, likely ending his career in the wrestling world.
6. Nicola Sturgeon
The First Minister of Scotland’s husband was involved in a shady fundraising scheme in April, leading to Nicola Sturgeon’s surprising resignation. She was subsequently arrested and questioned about alleged diverted donations. The investigation is ongoing, and her level of involvement remains uncertain.
7. Andy Dick
Andy Dick’s run-ins with the legal system are notorious, and in January 2023, he was arrested for public intoxication and failure to register as a sex offender. He has a history of various charges, including possession of illegal substances, assault, and sexual battery.
8. Jonathan Majors
Even a prominent actor like Jonathan Majors, known for playing Kang the Conqueror, faced legal trouble. In February, he was arrested for assault, strangulation, and harassment against his partner. More women came forward with similar accusations, leading to the termination of his PR company’s contract.
9. Greta Thunberg
Famous environmental activist Greta Thunberg was briefly detained in January 2023 after participating in a protest against a coal mine expansion in Germany. Refusing to move from the mine’s edge, she was carried away, and the incident went viral.
10. Donald Trump
The most significant case on this list involves former President Donald Trump. He faced charges relating to falsifying business accounts tied to hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. In June, Trump was arrested again, this time in Miami, facing 37 criminal charges for mishandling classified documents, some containing sensitive national defense information. He maintains his plea of not guilty amid ongoing investigations, with the final verdict expected by the year’s end.