Celeb kids who seriously disgraced their parents

Being the child of a celebrity sounds amazing from an outsider's perspective. They get to live in the lap of luxury, travel the world, and pal around with Mom and Dad's famous friends. Where's the downside, right?

In reality, the pressures and temptations of fame sometimes take a harder toll on the children of celebrities than the actual celebrities themselves, and those pressures and temptations can result in seriously bad decision-making — especially from these famous black sheep. For example, did you know that Michael Douglas' son Cameron's life imitated his dad's art when he became a meth dealer — remember Traffic? And it actually gets worse from there. 

From airing the family's dirty laundry in the tabloids to getting busted with drugs to committing crimes as serious as murder, the offspring of the stars have found every possible way to become a living nightmare for their parents' press agents. Here are some celeb kids who disgraced their parents. 

Montana Fishburne

This one is a biggie, and not just because The Matrix's Laurence Fishburne is such a huge celebrity, but because his daughter, Montana Fishburne's, rebellion wasn't the usual rich kid Hollywood Boulevard DUI. In 2010, she did a straight-up adult video in an apparent attempt — in her own words — to jumpstart her career à la Kim Kardashian.

But it didn't exactly work out. According to Fox News, a regretful Montana cautioned other women against the adult film industry, saying she didn't get the money she was offered or the fame that she was after. "I don't encourage people to go into the porn industry," she said. "You may end up having a really sucky life." 

Laurence's friends even tried unsuccessfully to block the release of the video, hiring a lawyer to offer distributor Vivid Entertainment $1 million for all the copies, but the videos had already been "shipped out," according to TMZ. As if doing the nasty on camera wasn't enough of public a slap in Morpheus' face, Montana doubled-down that year by allegedly assaulting her boyfriend's ex, all of which reportedly resulted in Laurence shunning her from his life

As of this writing, we're not sure if these two have reconciled, but in 2017, Montana not only got busted for DUI but also reportedly urinated right in front of the cop during her arrest — which was all caught on dashcam. Something tells us Laurence didn't love that, either.

Weston Cage

Growing up with Nicolas Cage as a father leaves little chance for a kid to be normal, but Weston Cage seems intent on one-upping his eccentric dad. In 2011, the former heavy metal singer was arrested and sent for psychiatric evaluation after allegedly getting into a brutal fistfight with his trainer at a restaurant because he was supposedly told he couldn't order something off the menu. At one point during the brawl, he reportedly tried to "roundhouse kick" his opponent. Which, look: we all love mozzarella sticks, but they're not worth going all Karate Kid over.

A few years later, Weston dropped this gem on Noisey about the ugly inspiration for his music: "People have this preconceived notion that I grew up with a life of many privileges, but they don't know how dark it can be in a house like that. So I used it as my gasoline, to play out the vengeance in my heart." He didn't specifically mention his parents there, but he wasn't exactly describing Ward and June Cleaver's home, either. 

Weston was apparently still dealing with his heart's vengeance in 2017 when he led police on a car chase that concluded with hitting a tree and DUI charges. The following year, he was court-ordered to stay away from his ex-wife's home as part of their ugly divorce battle.

The silver lining? This is all going to make the best metal song one day.

Nicole Buffett

Billionaire Warren Buffett's thoughts regarding his wealth are well-known. He famously still lives in the Omaha, Neb. house that he purchased in 1958, drives modest cars, and has pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes. No one feels the pinch of Buffett's fiscally conservative philosophy more than his heirs.

According to a Marie Claire interview with Nicole Buffett, Warren's son, Peter's, adopted daughter, the mega-rich investor agreed only to pay for his grandchildren's education expenses "and nothing more." So when Nicole appeared in the documentary, The One Percent, and spoke candidly about her relative disconnection with her grandfather's fortune, it did not go over well. Even though she didn't reveal anything the public didn't already know, grandpa Warren wasn't pleased. According to Marie Claire, he wrote Nicole a letter that said, "I have not emotionally or legally adopted you as a grandchild, nor have the rest of my family adopted you as a niece or a cousin." He also allegedly told Peter that "he'd renounce [Nicole]."

Wow, that bridge is not burned — it's obliterated. Nicole claimed to have "no regrets" about the situation but also threw in a sly dig at Warren, claiming he's begun mailing huge Christmas checks to the other grandkids because "probably he's rewarding them for behaving." In other words: she totally learned the lesson of not blabbing to the press about what Warren Buffett's doing with his money.

Oliver Hudson

In 2015, Kate Hudson's lesser known brother, Oliver Hudson, posted a since-deleted photo of himself, Kate, and their biological father, Bill Hudson, to Instagram. It was Father's Day, and Oliver chose the caption "Happy abandonment day..." That did not go over well. Bill responded with the subtle, "Oliver's Instagram post was a malicious, vicious, premeditated attack. He is dead to me now. As is Kate. I am mourning their loss even though they are still walking this earth."

It sounds dramatic, but Oliver's post had reignited the long-time feud that kept Bill from speaking to his children for years. That rift is well documented. Bill allegedly declined his custodial rights to the siblings when Kate was 13, focusing on his new family. According to Bill, Kate and Oliver never forgave him for that.

Despite Bill's harsh condemnation of the admittedly shady Instagram post, Oliver claimed on Watch What Happens Live (via the Daily Mail) that the incident "was a good thing" because it "started a dialogue" between he and his dad after 12 years of silence. We're not sure how that worked, but we doubt family therapists will be suggesting a highly public insult fest as a good method of conflict resolution anytime soon.

Griffin O'Neal

Of all of actor Ryan O'Neal's children, you'd think Redmond (his son with the late Farrah Fawcett) would be the black sheep, considering he's been in and out of jail and rehab for years. Redmond's half-sister, Tatum O'Neal, a former addict herself, has also publicly aired her share of grievances about her tumultuous upbringing in her autobiography, A Paper Life. But it was Griffin, Ryan's son from his first marriage, who has had the harshest words for his father. 

After a violent confrontation between Griffin and Ryan, Griffin appeared on Larry King with what was apparently a singular goal: trash the ever-living crap out of his dad. Among the long list of allegations, Griffin claims Ryan tried to shoot him in the face, attacked both him and his pregnant wife with a fireplace poker, repeatedly cheated on all of his wives, and not only enabled Redmond's drug use, but partook in it with him. 

Griffin is no angel. He's dealt with drug and assault charges, not to mention the infamous 1986 boating accident he was involved in that resulted in the death of Francis Ford Coppola's son, Gian. Griffin was found not guilty of manslaughter, but convicted for negligence in the wake of the accident, reported The Washington Post.

For his part, Ryan admits he wasn't the ideal father, telling Vanity Fair that he used drugs throughout his children's upbringing. He called another of his sons, Patrick, "not likable" and confirmed that he was "sorry he had children." So, as far as his kids disgracing him in the public eye? Ryan O'Neal handles that all on his own just fine.

Sean Stewart

Lots of celebrity kids fall into the party lifestyle. There are countless stories of DUIs and drug possession charges, but occasionally, that party turns dark. Such was the case when legendary singer Rod Stewart's son, Sean Stewart, allegedly committed a drunken assault on a man who confronted him about spitting on his car window. After punching the man several times, Sean allegedly "kicked him until he was unconscious," according to The Telegraph. Sean was sentenced to three months in jail for the vicious attack, but it wouldn't be the last time his anger would embarrass the family.

In 2007, just one week before Rod was set to marry model Penny Lancaster, Sean found himself on the receiving end of more assault charges when he allegedly "threw punches, bricks, rocks and a mailbox at [attendees] when he was denied entry to a private party," according to the Daily Mail. Not surprisingly, Sean did not attend his dad's wedding, although he claimed, "I really wish I could go, but I have to work." Sure, okay.

Rod has reportedly been very patient with his boy, claiming that "Sean is on medication, but he's the sort of kid who couldn't sit still. He has attention deficit disorder." Sean's apparently sober now and moving forward with his life, so let's just hope for the sake of innocent mailboxes and random partiers, that he can stick with it.

Nick Hogan

WWE wrestling champ Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Hogan, made headlines when he was reportedly found responsible for a horrific DUI accident that left his friend, John Graziano, with "injuries that will require 24-hour-a-day care for the rest of his life," according to the Daily Mail. Hogan reportedly had been drag-racing another friend when he lost control of his car and hit a tree. Graziano was a passenger in Nick's car.

Hulk said his son's crime, along with the wrestler's high-profile divorce, drove him into a deep depression. In his autobiography (via People), Hulk says he began to abuse pain pills and even contemplated suicide. "I could feel the life draining out of me," Hulk said. "It had me curling my index finger on the trigger of a loaded handgun and putting it in my mouth." 

Fortunately, the Hulkster found his way through to better times, despite becoming embroiled in sex tape and racial slur scandals that fueled a protracted legal battle that led to the demise of Gawker Media. Something tells us the $31 million settlement Hulk was awarded may lift his spirits. 

Cameron Douglas

Michael Douglas admits that some of his son Cameron's faults are a direct result of his failures as a father. That probably made it that much more difficult for Michael to watch his son go to federal prison. Even though drug addiction is common, nobody expects their kid to get caught up in dealing quantities of meth so large that they're locked up for years. That's what Cameron pleaded guilty to in 2010, earning him a five-year sentence. He got additional time tacked on for smuggling drugs into prison. 

In another stroke of bad luck, Michael was just starting treatments for throat cancer as Cameron's sentence began, and yet, the actor found a way to make a positive out of his son's situation. During his 2013 Emmy acceptance speech (via Page Six), Michael chose to bring attention to what he now views as a flawed justice system. "At first I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I've reached a point now where I'm disappointed with the system," he said. "...If you happen to have a slip, they punish you. In my son's case, he has spent almost two years in solitary confinement."

Fortunately, as of this writing, Cameron is out of prison and pursuing an acting career. 

Chet Hanks

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have two sons, but only one of them is a rapper who goes by the name Chet Haze (aka Chet Hanx). In reality, he's Chester Marlon Hanks, son of one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world, and yet, that hasn't stopped him from doing the following: threatening Howard Stern with physical violence; dropping n-bombs repeatedly on Instagram; getting his parents sued for a car accident he allegedly caused; getting addicted to cocaine and going to rehab. According to Chet, that last one was the reason for all of the other stuff, which he revealed in a series of Instagram videos after completing his stint in treatment.

In pure Tom Hanks fashion, he approached his black-sheep son with the same gregarious nature with which he's built his entire career. He told Entertainment Tonight, "As a parent, you love your kids unconditionally. You support them every step of the way. You got to applaud the bravery and honesty when it actually comes out of your own house." That's a whole lot better than what our parents would have done, which probably would have included military school.

The good news? As of this writing, Chet has been on the straight-and-narrow. He's sober and following in his parents' footsteps pursuing an acting career. 

Chelsea Belle O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell's daughter, Chelsea, has thrown so much shade at her mom in the press that it would make Donald Trump's hair spin. During an interview with the Daily Mail, Chelsea claimed Rosie smokes weed constantly, gorges on junk food, and is inattentive to her kids. Chelsea also claimed that she was "pretty much raised by nannies." And that's not all. 

Chelsea said she was heartbroken after being shipped off to two boarding schools, which resulted in four years of estrangement from her mother. After Chelsea finally returned to Rosie's home at 17, they couldn't last a year living together before, according to Chelsea, Rosie kicked her out of the house. Rosie claimed Chelsea went missing and even involved the police, but Chelsea tells a different story. "[Rosie] had two of my bags packed with clothes. Literally ten minutes after the police had dropped me off at the house, I got in a car and went to a friend's house." Yeesh.

It's a lot, we know, and at the heart of everything is Chelsea's alleged mental health issues. She hasn't denied struggling with depression and anxiety, but she felt it was unfair that her mother made her issues public. As for Rosie's take on the entire ordeal? "My teenagers are a nightmare, they're horrible," she once quipped to a crowd. Yep, that's helpful. Way to open the door to healing, Rosie.

Caroline Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a name for himself as a tough-as-nails prosecutor who famously targeted the Mob's money in an attempt to take down the five major Mafia families who controlled criminal activity in the city. His reputation for law and order ushered him into the mayor's seat, where his controversial and hard-line "broken windows" approach to policing did result in lower crime rates across the city. With that framework in mind, imagine how he felt when his 20-year-old daughter, Caroline, was arrested for shoplifting about $100 worth of cosmetics from Sephora. 

For her crime, Caroline received the penalty of one day of community service. According to the New York Daily News, she allegedly had to "mop floors and clean toilets at the Sanitation Department's Manhattan District 3 garage at Pier 36 on the Hudson River." Rudy, who is rarely at a loss for words no matter what the subject, declined to comment on his daughter's offense, which is perhaps the loudest statement of embarrassment he could have made.

Marcus Jordan

Though he's since become a successful entrepreneur, Marcus Jordan, the son of basketball legend Michael Jordan, hit a rough patch starting in the late 2000s. First, the son of His Airness allegedly cost his college, the University of Central Florida, a contract with Adidas when he refused to wear anything but Nike Air Jordans while playing on the school's basketball team in 2009.

Okay, so maybe that wasn't exactly disgraceful to the family, since he was attempting to honor his dad in spite of the impact that had on his teammates, but there's really no arguing that the family probably wasn't thrilled a few years later in 2012, when Marcus appeared to have accidentally propositioned a porn star via Twitter (rather than direct-messaging her). Brick! A few months later, Marcus was arrested in Omaha, Neb. and charged with "resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing" after allegedly getting into a drunken argument with two women outside of a hotel, reported TMZ

Since then, it's been smooth sailing for Marcus, even if he perhaps hasn't lived up to his father's curiously ominous warning to all of his children during his 2009 Hall of Fame induction speech: "You know I think that you guys have a heavy burden," Michael said. "I wouldn't want to be you guys if I had to, because of all the expectations that you have to deal with." Sheesh. If that's how Mike felt about it, was there even a chance to be like him?

Jaycee Chan

Pop quiz, hotshot: What should you never do if your dad is an action movie superstar and also "an anti-drug ambassador and deputy to the top advisory board to China's legislature?" If you answered, "Not get busted with weed in your apartment," you're clearly not Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan, who apparently missed that memo.

According to the South China Morning Post, Jaycee served six months of a possible three-year sentence for "sheltering others to use drugs." His sentence was reduced after he cooperated with authorities following a raid on his apartment that resulted in the seizure of "100 grams of marijuana." Upon his release, Jaycee publicly apologized, saying that his actions "brought a negative impact on society."

Jackie apparently concurred, writing in "a letter to the public" (via TMZ) that he was "enraged" over the incident. "As a public figure, I feel very ashamed; as his dad, I'm very sad and disappointed. But the person who feels heartbroken the most is his mom. ... Jaycee: you've done something wrong and you have to be responsible for the consequences." 

Fortunately, Jackie is a martial arts master with a soft parental core because he also wrote, "I'm your dad and I'll always be with you. We will face the road ahead of us together." Aww! Roundhoused you right in the feels there, huh?

Bryson Bryant

After Bryson Bryant's first public run-in with the law in 2010, his mom, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes, quickly came to his defense. On The Wendy Williams Show, Leakes explained that his arrest was NBD because Bryant (above left) simply had some weed "crumbs" in his pocket when he was searched while visiting his friend in jail. Okay. 

Since then, Leakes hasn't said much about Bryant's escalating series of legal problems, including alleged incidents of shoplifting, forging checks, and getting a DUI, according to a 2016 Radar Online report. Leakes' stepson (Bryant's stepbrother) told the tab that Bryant "is doing good now, he's working and trying to fly straight and avoid getting into more trouble than he's gotten into."

A year later, Bryant was back in the news, this time starring in a series of leaked photos that allegedly showed him drinking, smoking weed, and using cocaine. reported Radar Online

Though Leakes' hasn't specifically addressed Bryant's issues in a while, her thoughts on having her family's illicit past brought up were crystallized after fellow housewife Shereé Whitfield made a comment about Leakes' own mugshots. "Shereé need to worry about her own mugshot. Her son got a mugshot and her man got a mugshot, so please don't call out no mugshots," Leakes said during an interview on Watch What Happens Live (via TooFab). Shots. Fired.

Hayley Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff caused the first huge embarrassment for his family in 2007 when a video of him shirtless and drunkenly eating a burger on the bathroom floor was leaked online. Reflecting on the viral gaffe years later, his daughter, Hayley Hasselhoff (above right), told the Mirror that they never found out who released that footage. "Unfortunately because our life is so public it was put out there. It was never supposed to be shown to anyone but our family."

Hayley made her own headlines in 2017 when she climbed behind the wheel of her Mercedes-Benz and subsequently fell asleep while driving on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles. According to TMZ, police found her "passed out in the driver's seat with her foot on the brake." After failing a sobriety test, she was arrested for DUI. As for any statement from the Hasselhoff's regarding Hayley's 2017 charge? Crickets.

Marston Hefner

You'd think you'd have to go a long way to disgrace Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, but his son, Marston Hefner, found a way to do just that by allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend, Playmate Claire Sinclair. TMZ reported that Marston allegedly "punched" Sinclair and "kicked her in the stomach" during an argument. Police were called, and Marston was booked on "misdemeanor domestic violence."

Claire got a restraining order, and told TMZ (via HuffPost) that she would drop the charges "if [Marston] keeps his word to give a public apology for physically abusing me on several occasions, and seeks psychiatric help for his anger issues." The state of California went ahead and prosecuted Marston, who pleaded no contest and was "sentenced to a 52-week domestic violence program," according to TMZ.  

Compounding this whole ugly scenario was the curiously tone-deaf statement released by Hugh shortly after the alleged assault occurred. "If they care about each other, they'll patch it up," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times

Christian Brando

Marlon Brando's wild child and eldest of nine known children, Christian Brando, easily takes the cake in the disgrace department. On May 16, 1990, Christian shot and killed his sister Cheyenne's boyfriend, Dag Drollet, in Marlon's Hollywood Hills mansion. Christian was allegedly defending his sister, who reportedly called him for help, claiming Drollet hit her. The details are murky, but a struggle supposedly ensued and Christian allegedly accidentally shot Drollet. However, according to the Daily Mail, Drollet "was shot in the back of the head, while holding a packet of cigarettes and a TV remote." That's an unusual fighting stance, huh?

Marlon pulled out all the stops for Christian's defense. According to Entertainment Weekly, Marlon "hired private investigators, ballistics and pathology experts, and at least nine lawyers." Marlon even took the stand in a dramatic "hour-long plea for mercy," (per the Daily Mail) blaming himself for his son's actions because he "failed him as a father." This "hail Mary" attempt to save Christian yielded a guilty plea to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, for which Christian served only ten years in prison. 

The whole spectacle dragged Marlon — already disgraced from Hollywood and self-exiled to his Polynesian island — back into a spotlight from which he'd willfully retreated. It's one thing to have to play Superman's dad just for the paycheck, a role Marlon famously loathed, but it's another thing entirely to tell the world that your personal screw-ups are possibly the reason your kid killed someone.

Christian Brando died in January 2008 at age 49.