Special Report

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

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Cameron Douglas
> Occupation: Actor
> Crime: Drug possession

Scion of one Hollywood’s great acting dynasties – the son of Michael Douglas and grandson of Kirk Doublas – Cameron Douglas, who appeared in the films “Wonder Boys” and “The Runner,” pleaded guilty to heroin possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs in January 2010. He was sentenced to five years in prison. While in prison, Douglas got into further trouble. In October 2011, he pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to another 4 1/2 years. He was released in August 2016.

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Charles Dutton
> Occupation: Actor
> Crime: Manslaughter, robbery, and gun charges

You probably recognize Charles Dutton from his roles on the TV show “Roc” and the movies “The Piano Lesson” and “Get on the Bus.” But before his acting career took off, he was convicted in 1967 of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail. He was paroled after 20 months. While on parole, Dutton was arrested on robbery and gun charges, and returned to prison to finish his sentence.

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Chuck Berry
> Occupation: Rock ‘n’ roll musician
> Crime: Armed robbery, violation of Mann Act, tax evasion

Chuck Berry was one of rock ‘ n’ roll’s pioneers, with hits such as “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” but his private life was a troubled one. He was convicted of armed robbery in 1944 at age 18 and sentenced to 10 years in prison, serving three years. After his career soared, in December 1959 he was arrested for violating the Mann Act by having sex with a 14-year-old prostitute he had driven from Mexico to St. Louis. Berry was sentenced to three years in jail. He served 20 months, and was released in October 1963. In 1979, having failed to report cash income, he was given a four-month sentence plus community service for tax evasion.

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Da Brat
> Occupation: Actress/producer
> Crime: Aggravated assault

A producer and actress, known for “Bad Boys” and “Big Momma’s House,” Da Brat struck a woman in the face with a bottle at an Atlanta-area nightclub in August 2007. She was sentenced to three years in prison. In May 2010 she was released from jail after serving 21 months.

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Danny Trejo
> Occupation: Actor
> Crime: Armed robbery, assault, and various drug offenses

TV and movie viewers know the muscular, tattooed actor from his appearances as an oftentimes menacing character in “Desperado,” “Heat,” “Con Air,” “Breaking Bad,” “Spy Kids,” and “Sons of Anarchy.” Trejo was in various prisons for 11 years including San Quentin, for armed robbery, assault, and various drug offenses. He turned his life around in prison and became a drug counselor and then worked as an extra in films that launched his career.

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