Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in February 2014 in Florida on suspicion of felony burglary and grand theft. The rapper-turned-DIY Network personality, who allegedly took items from an abandoned home near one he was renovating for his TV show, cut a plea deal for community service, restitution and a clean record if he behaves for nine months.(Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office / Associated Press)
Bill Cosby was charged on Dec. 30, 2015, with sexually assaulting a woman who told authorities the actor drugged and abused her at his Pennsylvania home 12 years ago. The comedian and actor was charged in Montgomery County, Pa., with aggravated indecent assault. More than 40 women have come forward to publicly accuse Cosby, 78, of assaulting them over the last 40 years.(Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office)
Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested and charged with public intoxication after an incident in Austin, Texas. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that LaBeouf was arrested at 7:33 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Jail records show he was booked into the Travis County Jail and released on his own recognizance.(Austin Police Department)
In this mug shot released by the U.S. Marshals Service June 15, 2011, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) is seen. Edwards plead not guilty to charges of using campaign funds to help hide a mistress and the baby he had with her.(U.S. Marshals Service)
Mel Gibson’s booking mug after he was taken into custody in Malibu.(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
Rapper 2 Chainz was acquitted of drug charges Wednesday following his February arrest on suspicion of possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
The Grammy-nominated “No Lie” rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was arrested on Valentine’s Day after police said they observed his 2013 Ford E-350 van speeding en route to a concert at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He and the six other occupants were ordered out of the vehicle when cops reportedly smelled marijuana in the van. Police said 2 Chainz was arrested after they found a marijuana grinder and traces of marijuana in a bag he said he owned, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Epps, 35, was cited for having drug paraphernalia and marijuana and was released, but not before he posed for a photo with Maryland police officers.
At the time and during the trial, Harold Folsome Jr., a security guard, took responsibility for the grinder, which was found in a gray bag inside Epps’ bag, according to the Star Democrat. Still, Folsome said the device did not belong to him. He was responsible for packing Epps’ bag and put the gray bag in it, he said, but three other people were in the same hotel suite gathering items before the group hurriedly headed out to the performance.
“Whoever left it in the room, I guess that’s who it belonged to,” Folsome said during the trial. “When I saw what it was, I knew what I did.”
Epps’ defense attorney said that there was no evidence to prove the gray bag belonged to his client.
A judge in Easton, Md., then found the rapper not guilty on both charges. Epps also was found not guilty of possession of paraphernalia.
“Boxing gloves I beat the trial,” 2 Chainz later tweeted.
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