Tyler, The Creator’s the latest artist to brush the law. The Odd Future star was arrested at SXSW for allegedly inciting a riot. He apparently told fans at the Scoot Inn venue to push their way past the venue’s staff, even though the space was already at capacity. His mugshot’s in the vein of ‘awkward passport picture’ rather than ‘hardened criminal scowl’.
Justin Bieber was released from jail yesterday after being arrested for drunk driving and driving without a valid licence. His accompanying prison mugshot has being doing the rounds on social media since – but which other musicians have found themselves posing for police cameras? Here’s a few of our favourites…
Gossip singer Beth Ditto was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Friday March 15 2008. The singer was reportedly arrested at 1:42am after being denied service in the Bungalo Bar in Portland for being too drunk.
While recording his album ‘Doggystyle’ in August 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermarian, a member of a rival gang who was fired at and killed in a gang fight. Snoop Dogg was acquitted the following year. The rapper has also been arrested or in trouble with the police more than 12 times ranging from alleged sexual assault (charges dropped) to carrying a police baton. He was sentenced to five years of probation last year for gun and drug charges.
On the morning of October 12, 1978, Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Spungen dead on the bathroom floor of their hotel room in New York. She had suffered a single stab wound to her abdomen and apparently bled to death. The following month he was arrested and charged with her murder. Vicious was also arrested in December 1978 after allegedly assaulting Patti Smith’s brother Todd. Vicious died in February 1979 of a drugs overdose before he could stand trial.
In February 2002 a tape was released to a Chicago newspaper which allegedly showed R&B star R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year old girl. Kelly was then arrested and charged for having sex with a minor.
Six years later, on June 13 2008, after less than a day of deliberations, a Chicago jury found R. Kelly not guilty of all 14 counts of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl.
Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in 1984, charged with public intoxication after he was found by police to be drunk in the street in Tennessee. Two years previously, he had been arrested for urinating on historic Texan fort The Alamo, while wearing his future wife and manager Sharon’s dress following a photo shoot.
P Diddy, formerly Puff Daddy, formerly Sean Combs, was arrested in 1999 for carrying a gun and possession of stolen property after a shooting at Times Square nightclub. He was also later accused of trying to bribe his driver into taking the weapon from him following the incident. After a trial he was cleared of all charges.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested by California cops in March 2005 and charged with drunk driving. The singer was initially pulled over for a traffic violation but then failed a sobriety test after the police suspected he was drunk. Carter blamed the antibiotics he was taking at the time.
In 1972, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, along with Keith Richards and three other members of their entourage, were arrested after allegedly assaulting a photographer. All charges were eventually dropped. Seven years before, Jagger was arrested for possession of four over-the-counter drugs and was given a three-month sentence.
Marilyn Manson was arrested in 2001 after he rubbed his crotch against the head and neck of a security guard, while wearing only a leather thong and panty hose, during a gig in Michigan. The shock-rocker was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery. He ended up paying a $4,000 fine.
Kid Rock, born Robert James Ritchie, is known for having multiple run-ins with the police. In February 2005, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting DJ Jay Campos in a strip club. He was then said to have assaulted MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e drummer – and ex-husband of Rock’s ex-wife Pamela Anderson – Tommy Lee at the MTV Awards. And then, in October 2007, Kid Rock was involved in a fight at a Waffle House in Atlanta – following which this mug shot was taken. Kid has to perform 80 hours of community service and complete a course on anger management.
Future Doors frontman Jim Morrison was a student at Florida State University at the time of his arrest, in 1963. He was charged with drunkeness and petty larceny of a police helmet and an umbrella. Six years later he was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, profanity, and drunkenness during a Doors performance in Miami.
Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport in 1969 for possession of narcotics (heroin and cannabis). The singer claimed that the drugs had been placed in his bag by a fan. He had used a similar excuse following an arrest for criminal damage the previous year when he claimed his drink had been spiked before a rampage in a Stockholm hotel.
‘Ring Of Fire’ singer Johnny Cash was arrested in October 1965 at the El Paso International Airport after US Customs agents found hundreds of pep pills and tranquilizers in his luggage. The Man in Black spent a night in the county jail and later paid a $1,000 fine and received a 30-day suspended sentence.
On December 13, 2003, Jack White was at a club in Detroit called The Magic Stick when he got into a fight with Jason Stollsteimer, lead singer of The Von Bondies. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty, was fined $500 in court costs, and was sentenced to take anger management courses.
Crooner Frank Sinatra was arrested by the Bergen County, New Jersey sheriff in 1938 and charged with carrying on with a married woman. The charge was later changed to adultery, and eventually dismissed.
Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, was arrested on June 3, 2000. This followed an altercation in Michigan, with Douglas Dail – brother of William Dail, who was road manager of the Insane Clown Posse with whom Eminem had a long running feud – where he pulled out an unloaded gun. The following day he allegedly saw his then-wife, Kim, kiss bouncer John Guerrera, so is said to have assaulted him too. He was given two years probation for both offences.
Elvis Presley was never actually arrested. This mug shot is from a selection of publicity shots taken in 1957 to promote his ‘Jailhouse Rock’ soundtrack. Elvis was once threatened with arrest in August 1956 by a Florida judge who called Presley a “savage” and threatened to arrest him if he shook his body while performing in Jacksonville.
Back in 2002, R&B superstar (and the then-husband of Whitney Houston) Bobby Brown was arrested for marijuana possession, speeding and failure to show a driver’s licence or insurance details. He was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and pay $2,600 (Â£1,607) in fines.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested in January 2003 for speeding and driving while intoxicated. He received a Breathalyzer reading of 0.18 – more than twice the California legal limit of 0.08. He was released on $1,200 bail.
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose was arrested and charged with four counts of assault and one of property damage in July 1992. The year before he was blamed for inciting a riot at his band’s gig in St. Louis – which left 60 people injured and caused $2m worth of damage. And then in 2006 he was arrested for allegedly biting a security guard’s leg in Sweden.
50 Cent a.k.a. Curtis Jackson was arrested in August 1994 on multiple charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, namely heroin and crack cocaine. It was the second time he’d been arrested that year on drug charges. He pleaded guilty, earning him a maximum nine-year sentence. However, he only ended up doing seven months in a boot camp in New York.
Dizzee Rascal was arrested on Friday 12 December following an alleged incident involving a baseball bat. The 24-year-old, whose real name is Dylan Mills, was held on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in Sevenoaks Way, Orpington, Kent. He was released on bail to return to a south London police station later this month.