One might think that celebrities always get special treatment when they’re pulled over or find themselves in sticky situations on the road, but that’s not the case. Sure, their fame might get them off with a warning sometimes, but other times they receive the punishment of the law just like everyone else.
Although their problems are typically “first-world problems,” dealing with crazed fans and paparazzi looks pretty overwhelming. Many people have asked, “are paparazzi a necessary evil, or just plain evil?” and it’s a good question. Since the Princess Diana tragedy, the paparazzi have gotten a terrible reputation, and they’re often taken to court.
Here we see celebrities who have lost their cool with paparazzi, or are getting pulled over just like the rest of us mere mortals. These are 16 pictures of celebrities who’ve found themselves in compromising situations while on the road.
16 Kanye Attacks Photographer
Kanye is used to getting controversial headlines, and this one is no different. Back in 2014, he was surrounded by paparazzi while leaving an airport and heading for his car, and completely lost his cool, attacking a photographer. He paid the price, somewhat, and received a misdemeanor count of battery against a photographer. He was sentenced to two years’ probation, 24 anger management sessions, and 250 hours of community service.
15 Justin Bieber Attacks Paparazzo
In 2013, tween heartthrob Justin Bieber had to be restrained by his own bodyguards and whisked to his van after losing his temper and threatening to attack the pop star. Reportedly, the photographer hurled insults at Bieber, to which he replied, “What the f**k did you say?” and the photographer responded with, “You heard what I said, mate.” The night before, Bieber collapsed on stage in London and had to be hospitalized for breathing problems, so his frustration was understandable.
14 Justin Bieber Runs Over Paparazzo
This almost seems like comedic karma, if it weren’t for the photographer picture actually getting hurt, and Bieber getting sued for serious injury in the process. This happened in 2017, when Justin was pulling away from his church in Beverly Hills in his big truck, when he accidentally ran over the photographer. The photographer claims he suffered permanent disabilities and emotional scars, but Bieber said it was his own fault for getting too close. Bieber even tried to help the fallen paparazzo before paramedics arrived.
13 Lindsay Lohan Crashes Car After Paparazzi Chase
This is one of those incidents that could have ended in tragedy, like the Princess Diana incident, and it nearly did. In 2005, when Lindsay Lohan was on top of the world but going through a streak of troubles, she was involved in a collision with a paparazzo, after she and a friend were reportedly chased after a late lunch. The paparazzo involved was arrested, and Lohan received minor injuries.
12 The Infamous Britney Spears Umbrella Incident
Poor Britney can’t seem to catch a break—more than 10 years after this fateful meltdown incident, we’re still talking about it. This was during her highly publicized mental breakdown in 2007, when she battered a paparazzo’s car with a green umbrella (that was later sold at auction). Thankfully, Britney has not only recovered from all of that nonsense, but she’s also risen to new heights and stardom in recent years.
11 Paris Hilton Speeding Ticket
We haven’t heard from the blonde Valley Girl, Paris Hilton, in a while. She is known as the original celebrity who was famous for simply being famous. But in 2013, she was clocked driving 42 mph in a 25 mph residential zone and received a speeding ticket in Beverly Hills. During the incident, she also accidentally flashed her butt, but who knows how much of an accident that really was.
10 Kylie Jenner Speeding Ticket
There was a time when hanging out with Paris Hilton was enough to make the people around her famous, and that’s what happened with Kim Kardashian, who built an empire out of her newfound fame. And here we see Kim’s model sister, Kylie Jenner, who is now worth $1 billion, getting slapped with a speeding ticket. This ticket came just 18 days after getting her license and just months after causing a car crash.
9 Kylie Jenner Caught Texting While Driving
As if it wasn’t already obvious enough that Kylie Jenner wasn’t a great driver—judging by the entry above—here’s another knock to her driving reputation. She was spotted using her phone while driving, which is no laughing matter. Distracted driving accounts for SO many fatalities on the roads, and for someone who’s almost constantly surrounded by fans and paparazzi, this is a dangerous habit. One doesn’t have to make too far of a leap to realize this was how she got in her first car crash.
8 Orlando Bloom Pulled Over
Although Orlando Bloom has been a bit quiet in recent years, he’s had one of the most successful acting careers of this generation, starring in two of the biggest franchises of all time (The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean). But here we see him pulled over and getting a ticket by California Highway Patrol for speeding in his brand new $115,000 BMW.
7 Pregnant Kim Kardashian Pulled Over
Back in 2013, when Kim Kardashian was pregnant with her first child, North West, she was seen getting pulled over by police for having tinted windows in her car. The 32-year-old at the time was driving her Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG with a close friend when she was pulled over, and lucky for her, she was released with only a warning.
6 Pregnant Molly Sims Giving A Cop A Hug
Molly Sims, the famous Sports Illustrated model and Las Vegas actress has a decidedly sunny disposition in real life, which can be seen here, when she gave an officer a hug after giving her a fixit ticket for not having plates on her Beemer. She was pregnant at the time, so it might have been her hormones acting wild, or it could’ve just been her way of saying “no hard feelings” to the officer for doing his job.
5 Arnold Dodges A Ticket
If there is any celebrity who is almost assuredly going to dodge a speeding ticket, it’s Arnold. And it’s not even because of his amazing career as an actor, but because of his former title as Governor—despite what people say, politicians are frequently above the law. And a politician who is also a beloved actor? Basically untouchable. This incident, captured in 2012, wasn’t the first time he skated on getting a speeding ticket, either.
4 Lady Gaga Pulled Over 2 Weeks After Getting License
It might have taken her a while to get her life together in the “regular people” sense, seeing as that she’s been a celebrity for many years, but Lady Gaga finally got her driver’s license when she was 30, in 2016. Two weeks later, she had her first run-in with police while driving her Ford F-150 SVT Lightning pickup (an awesome truck), for not having plates.
3 James Corden & Adam Levine Pulled Over During Carpool Karaoke
One of James Corden’s bits that has gained him widespread attention and fame is his Carpool Karaoke bit on the Late Late Show. In 2018, while filming the Carpool Karaoke segment with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, he got pulled over for “causing a traffic hazard.” James admitted he “completely panicked,” although there’s no doubt that it spiced up the segment, and the two of them continued singing right after the incident.
2 Alec Baldwin Pins Paparazzo To The Hood Of A Car
Alec Baldwin is another actor who has been known to have quite a temper, and that temper was on full display back in 2013, when he attacked a photographer for following him and his wife Hilaria Thomas, just days after Hilaria gave birth. During the incident, Baldwin did his best impression of Baldwin and pinned the photographer to the hood of a car. A dozen police officers showed up to the scene, but Baldwin was eventually released without any charges.
1 Sean Penn Kicks Photographer Against Car
Besides that time he played Spicoli, Sean Penn clearly has a brooding, dark side to him, and he doesn’t seem like the kind of fellow you want to antagonize. In 2010, he had to settle charges of battery and vandalism after he attacked a photographer in LA, kicking the paparazzo against a car. This comes after his 1980s incidents when he had to spend a short time in jail after multiple run-ins with photographers and a movie extra.
References: tmz.com, telegraph.co.uk, latimes.com, usmagazine.com