Originally founded all the way back in the year 1923, Disney has changed a great deal over the years but the company has made a fortune entertaining the world. As such, Disney has a long history of finding talented performers and turning them into superstars either through their music, movie, or television divisions.
From the outside looking in, it certainly seems like anyone that gets tapped to be a Disney star has it pretty easy. However, in reality, a lot of stars struggle to cope with the pressures and expectations that come along with working for the entertainment juggernaut. For that reason, there are several examples of Disney stars that have messed up in one way or another. With that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 20 times Disney stars messed up… badly.
20 A Whole lot of car troubles
Sadly, if we wanted to include an entry for every Disney star that has been charged with DUI this list would be far too long. Instead, with this entry, we are including a small sampling of Disney stars that have gotten behind the wheel while under the influence. For example, Debby Ryan, Shia LaBeouf, Anneliese van der Pol, Daniel Samonas, William Brent, Mitchel Musso, Kirsten Storms, and Orlando Brown have all been slapped with DUI charges.
19 Ariana Grande’s Donut Shop Video
Back when Ariana Grande walked into a doughnut shop in mid-2015, we can only imagine that she had no idea she was about to inspire international outrage. However, security footage revealed that for some reason she licked donuts she left on the rack for others to buy twice. If that weren’t disgusting enough, she also insulted the United States and Americans as a whole.
18 Raven-Symoné Judging People’s Names
During Raven-Symoné’s time as one of The View’s cohosts, she got herself wrapped up in several controversies. For example, during a 2015 conversation, Raven-Symoné said: “I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in the video. I'm not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea.”
17 David Henrie’s Arrest
In the case of David Henrie from Wizards of Waverly Place and That's So Raven, it certainly seems like he found his way onto this list by complete mistake. Arrested for bringing a loaded firearm into LAX, Henrie addressed the situation on Twitter and took responsibility for taking his registered weapon inside the airport. On top of that, he thanked the TSA and LAPD for treating him professionally so at least he handled things well after making a massive mistake.
16 Jason Weaver Relieves Himself
As the voice of Young Simba from The Lion King and one of the stars of The Disney Channel’s Smart Guy, Jason Weaver made his mark on a generation of kids. In addition to that, he left a mark behind in 2011 when he was arrested in Atlanta for relieving himself in public which wasn’t a headline that was good for his career.
15 PewDiePie Says Something Racist
For those of you who don’t know who PewDiePie is, he is a YouTube sensation who has more subscribers than any other person on that platform. Due to his huge popularity, PewDiePie managed to get a deal with Disney. However, the House of Mouse cut off their relationship with PewDiePie after several controversies including the time he dropped the N-word as an insult during a live stream.
14 Lalaine Vergara-Paras Gets Arrested and Skips Court
As one of the core stars of The Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire, at the height of Lalaine Vergara-Paras’ acting career, she was doing pretty great. Thankfully, she seems to be doing well again but in 2007 that was the case as Lalaine pled guilty for possession of an illegal substance. Remarkably enough, prior to her guilty plea, Lalaine skipped an earlier court date which led to a $50,000 bench warrant for her arrest.
13 Amanda Bynes’ Erratic Behavior
To the surprise of virtually everyone, in 2010 when Amanda Bynes was one of Hollywood’s top young stars she announced her retirement from acting as a whole. Amazingly enough, things got worse from there as she started a fire in a stranger’s driveway, threw things from her 36th-floor apartment window, and was caught with illegal substances.
12 Orlando Brown’s Addiction Issues
Once considered to be one of the Disney Channel’s most lovable actors, Orlando Brown starred in That’s So Raven from 2003 until 2007. On the other hand, since the year 2016 Brown has been arrested for possession of illegal substances at least four times which speaks to the severity of his addiction issues.
11 Lindsay Lohan’s Bizarre Video
One night in September of 2018, Lindsay Lohan posted a video of herself partying in a Russian club on IG. Later that same night, Lohan decided to share footage of herself walking down a street and coming across a family she identified as refugees. Still not done, Lohan then tried to take the family with her and accused the mother of child trafficking before she seemingly was slapped for her clearly offensive and unproven claims.
10 Shia LaBeouf’s Multiple Arrests
These days, it seems like Shia LaBeouf has finally calmed down to a certain degree as it has been years since he last got in major trouble. However, earlier in his life that certainly wasn’t the case as he was put in cuffs for things like bar fighting, disorderly conduct, obstruction, and public drunkenness.
9 Jake T. Austin’s Dangerous Driving
Thankfully, it has been a long time since Jake T. Austin got himself in trouble with the cops. However, back in 2013 Austin wasn’t doing so well as in October he got busted for DUI. If that weren’t bad enough, a month after that DUI incident, Austin hit 3 parked cars while driving and then fled the scene which led to more charges against him.
8 Lindsay Lohan’s Really Bad Take
In recent years, many women came forward to tell the world about the many times they had been mistreated in any number of situations. While most people supported the MeToo movement, there were some notable exceptions including Lindsay Lohan. In fact, during an interview with The Times, Lohan said of the movement “I think by women speaking against these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.”
7 Dutch Whitlock’s Pizza Place Visit
Admittedly never the biggest Disney Star, Dutch Whitlock still managed to land a memorable role in the first High School Musical movie which is an impressive feat by itself. Unfortunately, only two years after that film’s premiere, Whitlock robbed a pizza place with a firearm which got him into deep trouble.
6 Matt Prokop’s Terrible Behaviour
For a long time, Disney fans knew Matt Prokop first and foremost as the actor who played High School Musical 3: Senior Year’s Jimmie “The Rocket Man” Zara. However, it has since come out that during his four-year relationship with Sarah Hyland, he was physically and verbally abusive. In fact, he also threatened to burn down her house and attack her dog.
5 Adam Hicks’ Robberies
Once upon a time, Adam Hicks was known for his starring roles in Disney Channel shows like Jonas, Pair of Kings, as well as Zeke & Luther. These days, however, he is awaiting trial for a series of armed robberies he seems to have committed, including at least one incident that took place on camera.
4 Shia LaBeouf’s Attempted Attack
Earlier in this list, we looked at the fact that Shia LaBeouf has been arrested many times for a lot of different things. However, at that time, we left out arguably his worst screw up of all, the time he got arrested for attempting to attack his neighbour with a knife. Twenty years old at that time, LaBeouf somehow only spent two days in jail for that incident.
3 Orlando Brown’s Other Legal Problems
On top of the fact that Orlando Brown has been caught with illegal substances many times, he also has gotten in trouble with the law for other reasons too. For example, he once got arrested after breaking into a friend’s restaurant and trying to change the locks. Worst yet, in both 2016 and 2018 he was charged with domestic battery.
2 Phill Lewis’ Crime
Unlike most of the people who are included in this list, Phill Lewis messed up badly before he became famous. Driving while three times above the legal limit for intoxication, Lewis crashed his car which led to the passing of 21-year-old Isabel Duarte and him being sentenced to a year in prison.
1 Stoney Westmoreland Gets Caught Up in a Sting
Before we get to what the former Andi Mack star Stoney Westmoreland did wrong, we want to provide readers with a trigger warning as it really doesn’t get much worse. Caught in 2018 trying to meet someone he thought was 13 for the worst possible reasons, the only positive side of this story is Westmoreland is off the streets and facing life in prison.
References: people, hollywoodreporter, seventeen, forbes