From the O.J. Simpson murder trial to Bill Cosby’s recent conviction, here’s a Newsday look at some of the more famous celebrities involved in court cases from 1993 through the year before last .
Lindsay Lohan — Actor
Lindsay Lohan’s history of drug and alcohol abuse has landed her in court on a number of occasions. She’s been sentenced to jail time and community service times for a variety of reasons, including driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, skipping court dates and failing to attend court-ordered weekly alcohol education classes. Here, she attends a probation revocation hearing at the at a Beverly Hills, Calif., courthouse on July 6, 2010.
Bill Cosby — Comic
By late 2015, Bill Cosby had been accused by more than 50 women of rape, drug- facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. In June 2017 he appeared in court in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, after being arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2005. The case ended in a mistrial but resulted in a conviction when retried. Cosby’s currently serving time in prison.
Martha Stewart — Model, Entrepreneur
In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements after lying about a stock sale. She served five months in federal prison and was under house arrest for the offense. Above, she is shown in December 2011, in court again during a legal battle between Macy’s and J.C. Penney over whether they could both carry Martha Stewart-branded goods in their stores.
Justin Bieber — Singer
Justin Bieber was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest in 2014 in Miami after he was stopped while drag-racing. He was released on a plea agreement that involved taking an anger management course and making a $50,000 charitable donation, in addition to paying court-ordered fines.
Paula Poundstone — Comic
Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested in June 2001 for alleged lewd acts and child abuse involving her three adopted and two foster children. Here, she appears in court in Santa Monica, Calif., on December 5, 2001 where Judge Bernard J. Kamins ruled that she had served her time for a no-contest plea to child abuse and infliction of injury on a child.
Winona Ryder — Actor
In 2001, Winona Ryder was observed three times by security officers at stores in New York City and Beverly Hills, Calif., and videotaped twice in suspected shoplifting incidents before ultimately being arrested at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. She appeared on trial in 2002 for theft and vandalism and was sentenced to probation and 480 hours of community service and ordered to pay fines.
Robert Downey Jr. — Actor
Robert Downey Jr.’s struggles with heroin and cocaine addiction landed him in court, and jail, a number of times. Here, in December 1997, he listens to Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira in a Malibu, Calif., courtroom before being sentenced to six months in jail for violating parole on a prior drug conviction.
Michael Vick — Football Player
NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared in a federal court in Richmond, Va., in August 2007, where he pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge and received a 3-year prison sentence and a $2,500 fine. He was released on good behavior in June 2009.
O.J. Simpson — Actor, Football Player
Former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her companion, Ron Goldman, in 1994. The trial lasted 11 months, from November 1994 to October 1995, when Simpson was found not guilty of murder on both counts. He was later arrested again for the robbery of a Las Vegas sports memorabilia shop in 2007, sentenced to prison in 2008 and granted parole in 2017.
Michael Jackson — Singer
Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, departs the Santa Barbara County Superior Court on March 9, 2005 in Santa Maria, Calif., where he was on trial for child molestation. Jackson was later acquitted of all charges in June 2005.
Woody Allen — Comic, Director
Actor and director Woody Allen leaves State Supreme Court in New York on March 26, 1993, after his former lover, actress Mia Farrow testified in her custody case with Allen. Farrow accused Allen of molesting their 7-year-old daughter.
Phil Spector — Music Mogul
Music producer Phil Spector, charged with fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson, appears for a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 26, 2005. Spector stayed out of the Hollywood spotlight for years until Clarkson’s death. Spector and his lawyers claimed the actress shot herself. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in state prison in 2009.
** Chicago reporter Jim DeRogatis published a lengthy Buzzfeed investigation July 2017 claiming R. Kelly was manipulating and abusing young women. He alleged that many were being “held against [their] will in R. Kelly’s ‘cult.’” (Since the report, many women have come forward with their own stories of sexual abuse and coercion, in some cases while underage.) A 3-part documentary called Surviving R. Kelly aired on Lifetime last month.