Special Report

Celebrities Who Are Currently in - or Have Been to - Prison

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Tim Allen
> Occupation: Comedian
> Crime: Felony drug trafficking

The self-effacing comedian best known for the TV shows “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing” had problems with the law before he found fame. In 1979, Allen pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking and was sentenced to three to seven years in federal prison. He avoided a life sentence by turning state’s evidence and testifying against other drug dealers. Allen served 28 months and was released in June 1981.

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Todd Chrisley
> Occupation: Actor
> Crime: Tax evasion, conspiracy

Todd Chrisley is a real estate businessman and former star of the reality TV show “Chrisley Knows Best.” In June 2022, he and his wife, Julie, were found guilty of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud banks out of more than $30 million in bogus loans. In November 2022, he was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. He and his wife will begin serving their sentences in early 2023.

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Tom Sizemore
> Occupation: Actor
> Crime: Possession of methamphetamine, violation of probation

Tom Sizemore is a tough-guy actor best known for the movies “Saving Private Ryan” and “Born on the Fourth of July.” Off-camera, Sizemore has struggled with drug addiction for many years, beginning as a youth in Detroit. In January 2006, he pleaded no contest to methamphetamine possession and was given 36 months probation. The following May, Sizemore was arrested outside a hotel in Bakersfield, Calif., for possession of methamphetamine. In June 2007, he was sentenced to 16 months in state prison for violating probation. Sizemore was released in December 2007.

Tupac Shakur
> Occupation: Rapper
> Crime: First-degree sexual abuse

Actor, songwriter, and rapper Tupac Shukar has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. In December 1994, he was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse and was sentenced to 18 months to 4 1/2 years for the crime. He was released in October 1995 after record producer Suge Knight posted his $1.4 million bond pending appeal. On Sept. 7, 1996, he and Knight were shot in a drive-by in Las Vegas. Knight survived but Shukar died from his wounds six days later.

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Wesley Snipes
> Occupation: Actor
> Crime: Willful failure to file income tax returns

Wesley Snipes is an actor and film producer best known for the “Blade” film trilogy and the movies “New Jack City,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” and “The Expendables.” Snipes was convicted of willful failure to file income tax returns for 1999 through 2004. In December 2009, he began serving his sentence and was released in April 2013.

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