Yesterday, the shocking news that Random Task from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery murdered his cell mate with his bare hands hit the wire. We were mostly surprised by the news that the actor, Joe Son, was even in jail. Then we were super-duper double surprised to find out that he had been convicted for kidnapping a girl and raping her with a gun. Seriously, Mike Meyers, you let this guy near the Fembots?
However, Son is not alone. Though they typically get off with a slap on the wrists, not all actors and directors are so lucky. Here are seven celebrities who have gone from call times to hard time.
In an instance of life imitating art, The Wire actress (and Jayden Smith stand-in) was arrested this past March in a drug raid at her home after being surveilled for some time by the DEA. She was among sixty-four people arrested under suspicion of belonging to a large gang participating in the sale of drugs. Pearson (who was previosly convicted of second-degree murder) had her character defended by The Wire creator David Simon. He stated, “She worked hard as an actor and was entirely professional, but the entertainment industry as a whole does not offer a great many roles for those who can portray people from the other America. There are, in fact, relatively few stories told about the other America… In places like West and East Baltimore, where the drug economy is now the only factory still hiring and where the educational system is so crippled… the vast majority of children are trained only for the corners.”
A Bronx Tale and The Sopranos actor Lillo Brancato Jr. was arrested in 2005 after a gunfight resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer. In 2009, Brancato was cleared of first-degree murder charges but was convicted of first-degree attempted burglary and sentenced to ten years in prison.