We all know the saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Today, celebrities are our modern day versions of the all mighty. With their hot and cold temperaments, spastic mood swings, and gobs of money, celebrity romances are a train wreck waiting to happen.
But sometimes the emotional highs and lows of being rich and famous take a dangerous turn. Recently, we have noticed a dramatic upswing in the number of hot tempered celebs losing their cool and getting violent.
we are calling out celebrities who have been arrested for putting hands on their ladies.
- Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson: Chad formerly known as “Ochocinco” Johnson, well-paid ex-NFL wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, was arrested on a domestic violence charge on Saturday, Aug 11 2012. His wife, Evelyn Lozada, accused him of head butting her leaving a noticeable gash on her forehead. The two have only been married five weeks and were already in the middle of filming for a VH1 reality TV show called Ev and Ocho. Anybody getting a Whitney and Bobby flashback? Maybe VH1 will double down on their shows featuring abusive husbands and follow the premier of Ev and Ocho up with Being Bobby Brown. Ochocinco was released from Broward County Jail after posting $2,500 bail. *VH1 has reportedly cancelled the Ev and Ocho show*
- Floyd Mayweather: Ah, pretty boy Floyd Mayweather, the cocky boxing sensation we all love to hate. At least in this case, the public has good reason for disliking this welterweight champion. In January of 2012, Mayweather was sentenced by a Las Vegas judge to three months in county jail after pleading guilty to a reduced domestic battery charge and no contest to two harassment charges in a plea deal. The charges were brought about by Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s three young children. Mayweather reportedly punched Harris, dragged her by the hair, and threatened to beat his sons in response to Harris dating another man.
Mayweather’s fancy legal footwork and highly paid lawyers enabled him to plead guilty to significantly lesser charges. The watered down plea deal allowed Mayweather to avoid being convicted of the multiple felonies he was facing, which could have led to a sentence of over 34 years if convicted of all charges.
- Chris Brown: Chris Brown, all dressed up and ready for court. In one of the most notoriously horrific cases of a celebrity charged with domestic abuse, public opinion of Chris Brown is somehow still shockingly positive. In 2009, just before the Grammy’s Award show, Brown brutally beat his superstar girlfriend, Rihanna. Brown later pled guilty to felony assault, but miraculously did not serve any actual jail time. Instead, he was given 5 years probation and a year of domestic violence prevention classes.
The most disturbing aspect of the incident was how the public reacted. According to Casey Corcoran, former director of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Start Strong Initiative, “Close to 50 percent of the young people we surveyed thought that Rihanna was actually responsible for the incident.” Unfortunately, blaming the victim is a surprising common trend in cases of domestic violence.
- Ike Turner: Ike Turner is such a notorious woman beater that men who exhibit violent tendencies are said to have “The Ike Turner Syndrome”. Way to leave behind a legacy. Ike and Tina Turner’s story has been told and retold. Their partnership was such a classic example of the man insisting on being in charge and would assault his wife in any way possible to make his point. It took a long time and a lot of courage, but Tina finally left Ike with nothing but the clothes she was wearing. You go girl! Tina teaches us that you can stop the cycle of abuse.
- Charlie Sheen: Is there anything Charlie Sheen hasn’t been arrested for? Apparently having a history of violence towards women doesn’t stop someone from getting their own show. Anger Management premiered just last month on FX. This star was also arrested in December of 2009 after a fight with his wife, Brooke Mueller, landing him in jail for the holidays. Sheen was charged with second degree assault after Mueller told cops he threatened her with a knife. In addition to this, Sheen has a long list of incidents from his past that indicate he has violent tendencies towards the women in his life like being accused of shooting Kelly Preston in the arm while the two were engaged.
These acts of violence against women make this actor’s antics a little less entertaining and a little more enraging.
Being in the public eye 24/7 is a strain. We understand if every once in awhile we see a sloppy drunk celeb in the tabloids, or the occasional bad decision, fine. But, when a man is convicted of beating or threatening a woman, we should hold our golden gods a little more accountable for their actions.
About The Author: Kristen Bright is the social media consultant for Instant Checkmate. Instant Checkmate is a personal criminal background check provider, and does not perform employment screening of any kind.