Actors accused of unforgivable crimes

Actors spend their careers portraying other people on television and the big screen, but sometimes the celebs we think we know based on their roles on camera, harbor secrets that emerge in disturbing ways. Here are a few actors you may remember fondly from your favorite shows who've had some dark run-ins with the law.

Stephen Collins

Known for his role as the saintly Reverend Camden on 7th Heaven, Stephen Collins' admission to inappropriate sexual conduct with three female minors was an especially disturbing contrast between his television and real life personas. Collins first confessed to these crimes in an audio recording leaked to police by his ex-wife and later admitted to them in a 2014 People magazine interview.

Dimitri Diatchenko

Mostly known for playing bit parts as violent Russians, and a small role in Sons of Anarchy, Dimitri Diatchenko is now most famous for cooking and eating his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit, all while sending her a series of gruesome photographs of the event and threatening to do the same to her. While a close friend claimed that it was a different rabbit, Diatchenko pleaded not guilty to the felony. Despite the animal cruelty charge carrying a possible maximum sentence of five years behind bars, Diatchenko was only sentenced to community service and animal cruelty counseling.

Robert Blake

Baretta actor Robert Blake spent almost a year in jail while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. According to The Washington Post, Blake had allegedly attempted to solicit a retired stuntman to shoot and kill his wife while she sat in a car outside of a restaurant in 2001, but Blake was ultimately declared innocent on all counts. He was subsequently held responsible for Bakley's death in a 2005 wrongful death suit and ordered to pay her family $30 million.

Randy Quaid

Legendary character actor Randy Quaid's descent into alleged madness is at least partially responsible for his unusual crimes. Convinced that he was being pursued by "star whackers" intent on murdering him, Quaid and his wife were accused of skipping out on hotel bills and unlawfully squatting on a property they had sold years prior, and repeatedly failing to appear in court to address these issues. Canada denied asylum to the couple, in part due to the ongoing legal troubles. They were eventually arrested in October 2015 while trying to sneak back into the United States from Canada via Vermont.

Mark Wahlberg

As a troubled Boston youth, Mark Wahlberg was convicted of mercilessly beating a couple of older gentlemen during a robbery outside of a convenience store. While reports originally indicated that one man lost an eye, the victim came forward years later to say that he had already been blind at the time of the attack and has forgiven Wahlberg. At one time, Wahlberg formally sought a pardon for this attack, but he later dropped that pursuit, according to the Los Angeles Times, who reported that Wahlberg said he regretted ever asking for the pardon, although he felt "'some good did come out of it' because he was able to meet one of the victims and apologize."

Matthew Broderick

During a 1987 vacation in Ireland, Matthew Broderick and then-girlfriend Jennifer Grey were involved in a head-on car accident that killed both passengers in the other car: a mother and daughter. On clear and unobstructed roads, it's been theorized that Broderick accidentally drove his car into the right ("American" side) of the road out of habit, rather than the European left. The victims' surviving family member, Martin Doherty, stated that he's since forgiven Broderick, although he never met the actor to talk about the accident in spite of several requests.

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones, best known for his roles in Beetlejuice and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, pleaded no contest to accusations in 2003 that he's solicited a 14-year old boy to pose for sexually-oriented pictures. Jones was later arrested again for failing to register as a sex offender.

Bill Cosby

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Cosby date all the way back to the 1960s. In recent years, more than 50 women have revealed unsettling experiences with the actor and comedian, and many claim to have been drugged by the once-beloved dad of The Cosby Show

In April 2018, an 80-year-old Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against Andrea Constand during a retrial. The former Temple University women's basketball director claimed Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home in 2004. According to NBC News, Cosby faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.

O.J. Simpson

In 1995, after one of the most well-publicized trials in history, former pro football player O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, despite a history of documented spousal abuse. In a subsequent civil trial, O.J. was found Simpson guilty of their wrongful deaths and ordered to pay more than $33 million in damages. In 2008, "The Juice" was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon for attempting to steal sports memorabilia in Las Vegas. He was granted parole after serving nine years of a possible 33-year sentence in July 2017.

Woody Allen

In 1993, filmmaker Woody Allen was accused by his ex-wife, actress Mia Farrow, of molesting his then-7-year-old daughter, Dylan. A subsequent police investigation resulted in no charges against Allen. The scandal reappeared in February 2014, when Dylan published an open letter to The New York Times confirming Farrow's original accusations. Allen responded with his own piece in the Times, denying everything.

Nicholas Brendon

In 2015, former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon pleaded guilty to criminal mischief charges after he was accused of choking his girlfriend in an Upstate New York hotel. According to ET, the October 2015 arrest was the fourth for Brendon that year and his fifth in 12 months. He previously faced charges ranging from public intoxication to property damage.

Paul Reubens

Pee-wee's Playhouse star Paul Reubens was arrested and charged with indecent exposure over an alleged incident at an adult movie theater in Florida in 1991. Reubens pleaded no contest to the charges, but has since maintained his innocence. Years later, in 2001, Reubens was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography. That case was later settled. As part of the settlement, Reubens had to register as a sex offender, although he always insisted that the photos prosecutors used to charge him were not child porn, but rather part of his collection of "vintage erotica."

Taryn Manning

Orange is the New Black actress Taryn Manning has something of a long-standing feud with her "ex-friend and make-up artist" Holly Hartman. According to E! News, the two allegedly got into a physical altercation in 2013, and then again in 2016 in an incident in which Hartman alleged that Manning "headbutted her in the face, whipped her with a wet towel, sprayed Windex in her eyes and mouth and put her in a headlock." Manning denied the accusations in both incidents, and Hartman eventually dropped the charges in both cases.

Emile Hirsch

Known for his roles in The Girl Next Door and Speed Racer, actor Emile Hirsch made headlines when he was accused of viciously assaulting Paramount executive Daniele Bernfield during the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. According to Deadline, an intoxicated Hirsch approached Bernfield in a nightclub and "put her in a chokehold," then threw her on top of a table and proceeded to wrap his hands around her neck until she "blacked out." He pleaded guilty to the assault, receiving a 15-day jail sentence, 90 days probation, a $4,750 fine, and 50 hours of community service. He also went to rehab immediately following the incident.

Johnny Depp

There were a lot of ugly revelations that came out of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's surprisingly public divorce, but perhaps the worst one was Heard's allegation that Depp had been both verbally and physically abusive toward her. In a video taken by Heard and released to TMZ, an allegedly intoxicated Depp can be seen shouting at Heard, throwing a wine glass and bottle, and swiping at her phone. Depp was never charged with any type of assault, though Heard was granted a temporary restraining order that required Depp to stay away from her. Eventually, Heard agreed to drop the restraining order in exchange for a $7 million divorce settlement which was to be donated to charity, according to The Guardian.

Mel Gibson

As of this writing, Mel Gibson seems to be back in the good graces of Hollywood after a decade of being ostracized following several high profile incidents involving disturbing off-set behavior. Those conflicts included hurling anti-semitic slurs at a cop during a DUI arrest and secret recordings of violent rants against his ex-wife, Oksana Grigorieva. Out of all of the dirt that came to light, perhaps the most disturbing allegation against the Lethal Weapon star was Grigorieva's claim that Gibson "broke her front teeth with a blow that glanced off her jaw and grazed the chin of their infant daughter, whom she was holding at the time," according to Vanity Fair. Gibson later admitted to slapping his ex "one time with an open hand in an attempt to bring her back to reality." Not surprisingly, the pair finalized their divorce in 2011.

Charlie Sheen

In all honesty, it would probably be easier to just list what Charlie Sheen hasn't been accused of, but we'll just highlight the most disturbing stuff. According to a USA Today timeline of the troubled star's legal entanglements, he's been accused of the following: accidentally shooting then-fiancee Kelly Preston in the leg; assaulting then-girlfriend Brittany Ashland; physically and verbally abusing ex-wife Denise Richards as well as threatening her life; assaulting ex-wife Brooke Mueller; and punching a female dental technician in the chest during an office visit. As if all of that wasn't enough, he's also been accused by two women of failing to disclose to them that he was HIV positive, despite maintaining a sexual relationship with them.

Tom Sizemore

With a rap sheet almost as long as Charlie Sheen's, Tom Sizemore has spent years splashed across the tabloid headlines with various assault and drug-related charges. According to Fox News, the Saving Private Ryan star developed a crippling addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and heroin in the mid-1990s, which led to arrests in assault charges filed by two ex-girlfriends, including "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss. After a 2-year prison stint, Sizemore continued to experience periodic brushes with the law, according to the Los Angeles Times, until he was arrested yet again in July of 2016 for "suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend" on a street corner. He was sentenced to three years probation, 50 hours community service, fees and fines, and ordered to complete a domestic violence program.

Christian Slater

In 2005, Christian Slater was arrested and charged with "third-degree sexual abuse" after he allegedly "grabbed a woman's behind on the street," according to CNN (via People). The charges were later dismissed by a judge, but it was not the only time Slater saw the inside of a courtroom. He was previously accused of biting someone in the stomach and served a 3-month jail sentence in 1997 for allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend, Michelle Jonas, and a police officer while under the influence of cocaine. In 1989, he was accused of leading police on a car chase and kicking an officer while attempting to flee. For that little legal rendezvous, the Mr. Robot actor had his license suspended and spent 10 days in jail.

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle saw his career go down the tubes after he was falsely accused of a violent sexual assault on fellow silent movie actress Virginia Rappe, which supposedly led to her death several days later. According to Smithsonian, Arbuckle was allegedly framed by Rappe's friend and known con artist Maude Delmont, who told newspapers that she witnessed the assault at a party she and Rappe attended in Arbuckle's hotel suite. During Arbuckle's three trials—which resulted in two hung juries and one acquittal—evidence showed that no signs of a sexual assault occurred and that Rappe suffered from a "chronic bladder condition," which likely led to the rupture of the organ that caused her death. Despite his exoneration, Arbuckle never came close to his previous level of stardom. He ended up barely scraping by, changing his name, and working behind the scenes doing whatever his remaining friends in the industry could offer.

Todd Bridges

The tumultuous life of Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges is well-documented. His long criminal history includes multiple drug arrests, a 1987 charge for "making a bomb threat," and a 1983 charge for "carrying a concealed firearm," according to the Los Angeles Times. The most disturbing allegation against Bridges occurred in 1989 when he was charged with the attempted murder of Kenneth "Tex" Clay, who claimed Bridges shot him eight times during an altercation in a crack house.  Represented by famed defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, Bridges was acquitted of the charge twice (the first trial resulted in a deadlocked jury). After a subsequent drug arrest in 1992, Bridges got his act together, went to rehab, and as of 2016, he had 26 years of sobriety under his belt.

Charles S. Dutton

Most well known for his hit Fox show, Roc, actor Charles S. Dutton's disturbing crime was committed long before his fame. According to the Chicago Tribune, as a young man who grew up street fighting in hardscrabble Baltimore, Dutton found himself in a deadly altercation with a man who pulled a knife during one such rumble. Dutton won the fight, leaving his opponent dead in the street. He was sentenced to five years for manslaughter, eventually serving nine years total due to his "unremitting rebellion and insubordination" towards prison staff. By chance, Dutton discovered a love of reading plays while he was incarcerated, and upon his release, he rededicated his life to acting and stagecraft, leaving behind his violent and tragic past.

​Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins may not be a household name, but his work is widely known. He voiced the character of Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Unfortunately, his off-screen life overshadowed his work. According to Reuters, he was accused in 2015 of making threats against the manager of the mobile home park where he lived. While he was incarcerated, Robbins allegedly spoke of wanting to hire someone to kill the sheriff of San Diego county. Robbins was also arrested in 2013 after being accused of stalking an ex-girlfriend and terrorizing "the surgeon who installed her breast implants." For the 2013 incidents, he served eight months in a rehab facility and was sentenced to five years probation. For the 2015 threats, Robbins was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.