How some young stars have fared after arrests
Justin Bieber’s arrest Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence and other offenses adds his name, and mug shot, to the gallery of stars who enjoyed early success and eventually ended up in handcuffs.
Bieber’s fate remains unclear. While his arrest probably won’t lead to his deportation to Canada or a lengthy jail term, it is the latest incident in a string of bad behavior that has the pop singer under investigation for felony vandalism and facing a lawsuit over a confrontation with a paparazzo.
Atlanta-based attorney Daniel Meachum, who has represented Michael Vick and Wesley Snipes, said that young stars face extraordinary scrutiny of their actions and their response to early trouble will resonate for years.
“Wisdom only comes through experience,” Meachum said. “And, (Bieber) does not have that yet. What you hope is the people around him that have the wisdom can impart that wisdom on him and to him in such a way that it keeps him from making some of the mistakes that he could make in the future.”
Here’s how some young stars have fared after their arrests:
LINDSAY LOHAN – A star of Disney films whose acting received early praise and attention, Lohan’s 2007 two arrests for DUI and drug possession still haunts the actress today. While the 27-year-old has put those cases behind her, she remains on probation for a necklace theft case and lying to police about her role in a crash in Santa Monica, Calif. After several stints in jail and rehab, a judge ordered the “Mean Girls” star to remain in treatment until her probation ends later this year. A return to acting glory remains elusive, despite several high-profile – and critically drubbed – roles.
CHRIS BROWN – The R&B’s 2009 arrest hours before the Grammy Awards for the brutal beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna shattered Brown’s squeaky-clean image. The singer’s career rebounded and he went on to win a Grammy Award, but has stumbled in recent months with allegations that he lied about performing his community service, didn’t exchange the proper information after a fender-bender and hit a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. Brown now faces a tight deadline to complete 1,000 hours of community labor and court cases on both coasts before he can put the legal consequences of his attack behind him.
MACKENZIE PHILLIPS – A young star of the 1970s TV series “One Day at a Time,” Phillips was arrested in 1977 for public drunkenness and cocaine possession. She was fired from the show and struggled with addiction for years. In 2008 she pleaded guilty to felony drug possession after an airport screener found her with a small amount of drugs. The case was eventually dismissed after she successfully completed a drug diversion program. Phillips occasionally appears in small TV roles and wrote a memoir that revealed she had a decade-long sexual relationship with her father, pop star John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas.
EDWARD FURLONG – Furlong’s role in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” made him a star at age 14, but he’s struggled in recent years with addiction and several domestic violence-related cases. He avoided jail time when he was sentenced in July to three months in rehab and counseling. His career in major Hollywood productions has been dormant for years.
TATUM O’NEAL – O’Neal made Hollywood history when she became the youngest person at age 10 to win an acting Oscar for her role in “Paper Moon.” The actress detailed her long struggles with addiction in a 2004 memoir, but was arrested four years later on suspicion of cocaine possession. She said she was stopped before relapsing and credited the arrest with saving her life and keeping her sober.
AMANDA BYNES – A star of Nickelodeon’s “All That,” executives gave Bynes her own variety show when she was still a teenager. The child star avoided trouble until she was arrested for grazing a sheriff’s patrol car in 2012. Since then, she has been repeatedly arrested for driving without a license. The actress spent part of last year involuntarily committed after she lit a fire in the driveway of a home in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her parents revealed that Bynes had been suffering from mental illness in recent months and was experiencing extreme paranoia. An attorney for the actress said recently that she is studying for a career in fashion design after being released from a treatment facility.
COREY HAIM – A teen heartthrob who starred in films such as “The Lost Boys” and “Lucas,” Haim endured a difficult and drug-addled transition to adulthood. In 1993 Haim was arrested for threatening his business manager with a BB gun. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor, but Haim struggled for years with drugs and his co-star and friend Corey Feldman has spoken about repeated attempts to help the actor. Haim died in 2010 from pneumonia complications and his death was ruled natural.