Celebrities are A-listers that people tag as role models and look up to achieve greater heights in life. Of course, popular figures become people’s role models because of their notable works.
However, many of the people fans see as role models today have been involved in some horrible crimes, some of which were either blown or not. Some people faced the bad side of the law at a very tender age, while others faced it recently.
Furthermore, some are still serving sentences for the crimes they were convicted of, while others have since been released. These celebrities range from musicians to actors/actresses or TV personalities.
This article aims to review some A-listers in America who were recently convicted of a crime. Keep scrolling to know their identities, the crimes they committed, the other people involved, and the turn-out of conviction.
Bobby Shmurda Was Convicted For Possessing A Weapon
Bobby Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Jean Pollard, is an American rapper born in Miami, Florida, on August 4, 1994, United States.
He became a popular figure in the entertainment industry after releasing his hit song titled “Hot Nigga” in 2014.
The single peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and the fame resulted in him signing a deal with Epic Records.
Fast-track to December 2014, the NYPD apprehended Shmurda and charged him with a series of offenses. Earlier that year, it was reported that he flashed the weapon in a residential area, and when the cops tried to move closer, he hid it in a couch.
He was granted bail for that incident but was later arrested for other offenses at the end of the year.
Shmurda, along with other members of GS9, were charged with reckless movements, conspiracy to murder, and possession of weapons. Two years later, he pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to seven years in confinement.
The seven years were later reduced to five because he served two years already while awaiting trial. Shmurda was freed from prison in February 2021, and the hip-hop world celebrated the return of a gem.
R. Kelly Was Convicted Of Sexual Assault & Racketeering
Robert Kelly is an American singer/songwriter and producer born on January 8, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is a popular figure who was nicknamed “King of R&B” for redefining R&B and hip-hop.
Kelly was accused of sexual abuse in the 1990s, and ever since, he has faced multiple charges. Recently, he was charged by a grand jury in Chicago on ten counts of sexual abuse. Later, 11 counts of sexual assault charges were added to his list of crimes.
In July 2019, he was arrested based on reports of human trafficking, racketeering, sex crimes, and child pornography. As of January 2021, Kelly is already facing a total of 22 charges for different selected crimes. A judge ordered him to be jailed pending trial.
In September 2021, Kelly was found guilty on nine counts out of 22 charges, including bribery, kidnapping, and sex trafficking. Kelly will be in custody pending sentencing, and he will face another trial come August 2022.
Allison Mack Was Convicted Of Sex Trafficking
Allison Mack is an American actress born on July 29, 1982, in Preetz, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany. She became active in 1982 and is popular for her role in a comedy series titled “Wilfred” from 2012 to 2014.
Mack was a member of a sexual cult called NXIVM, which posed as a marketing company. In 2018, she was apprehended on conspiracy and sex trafficking charges, among other NXIVM cult activities.
The 39-year-old actress pleaded guilty to the charges she was accused of and was sentenced to three years imprisonment in 2021. Her marriage was in shambles when the charges became public, and she later divorced.
Prosecutors revealed that Mack, her husband, and Lauren Salzman, the daughter of the cult’s president, were the frontrunners of the secret group. Mack will serve her term in a correctional institution in Dublin, California.
Lauryn Hill Was Convicted Of Tax Fraud
Lauryn Hill is an American singer/songwriter, actress, and producer born on May 26, 1975, in Newark, New Jersey, United States. She holds the title of one of the most influential female rappers of all time.
In June 2012, the popular singer was charged with tax fraud when she was on a musical tour. Later that month, she pleaded guilty to these charges and paid back a part of what she owed.
In May 2013 again, Hill was sentenced to three months imprisonment, followed by three months house arrest courtesy of Judge Arleo for failure to file taxes.
Hill began her sentence on July 8, 2013, and was released on October 4, 2013.