By: Mary Ann Pekara
Music Celebrity DUI Spotlight
Oh, those musicians with their catchy hooks, snazzy videos and wonderful lives. Well, 2007 hasn't been so wonderful for those heavy hitters in the music industry whom have found themselves on the wrong side of the law for DUI. Just because you're a hipster rapper, boy-band sensation or scandalous rocker does not mean that you are above being arrested and charged with DUI, as the bright lights of the Music Celebrity DUI Spotlight below truly reveal.
And it hasn't been just musicians who have gotten in trouble with Johnny Law for DUI this year. Some of the biggest names in the sports, entertainment and political world have been nabbed for drunk driving as have some rather miscellaneous figures. Visit these respective Celebrity DUI Spotlight sections for the latest developments joining celebrities and DUI.
Music Celebrity DUI Spotlight Updated October 30, 2007
Amy Winehouse Parties on Her Birthday after Rumored Overdose
Singer Said No to Rehab in Song...and in Real Life
"Back to Black" Singer Amy Winehouse, whose song about not wanting to go to rehab has become an instant classic, reportedly celebrated her 24th birthday party by drinking with friends. Just weeks before her birthday, Winehouse was reportedly taken to the London University College hospital in a semi-conscious state by husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Winehouse allegedly had her stomach pumped. The Sun reported rumors of a "huge drug overdose," though Winehouse's record company insisted the hospitalization was due to exhaustion. At her birthday party, Winehouse reportedly told friends, "I'm drinking tonight...it's my birthday. But drugs is private." Addiction experts have long held that drug and alcohol addiction are synonymous, and strongly assert that drug addicts should not and can not drink. Winehouse has not been charged with DUI, nor drug possession.
Eve is Taking Care of Business
TMZ has posted pictures this week of Eve sporting a SCRAM ankle bracelet, similar to the one seen on Lindsay Lohan before her latest arrest, during fashion week in New York. You may remember, Eve was arrested back in April for suspicion of DUI after she wrecked her gold sports car on Hollywood Boulevard. She was taken to jail where she was booked, visited by Sean Penn, posted $30,000 bail and then released.
On June 28th, although she did not appear in court, her DUI defense attorney entered a no contest plea on her behalf. Eve was required to wear the SCRAM alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet for 45 days. The SCRAM bracelet was removed on September 9th, just in time for MTV's VMA show. She will be on probation for 36 months, be required to enroll in an alcohol education program and pay around $1,400 in fines, damages and penalties.
R&B Singer D'Angelo Takes DUI Plea Deal
Grammy winner and R&B singer D'Angelo accepted a DUI plea deal in a Powhatan, Virginia General District Court for charges stemming from a 2005 drunken driving accident in which he was seriously injured and subsequently charged with DUI. D'Angelo, whose real name is Michael Archer, received a suspended sentence of nine days in jail, 15 months without a drivers license, and a $1,000 fine in exchange for pleading guilty to DUI and driving on a suspended license after he rolled his car in 2005. A reckless driving charge from the 2005 accident was dropped.
Rocker Pete Doherty Sentencing for Drug Possession Postponed
Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty's sentencing for drug possession and DUI has been postponed for another month. Doherty pleaded guilty to DUI and possession of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and one other substance in July. At a recent London Magistrates Court hearing, a judge told Doherty that he needed to assess Doherty's "motivation" to stay out of jail. "Depending on what information I have when you next come to court, the decision will be made," said District Judge Davinder Lachlan. Doherty, 28, could face jail time for the charges.
Country Crooner Mark Collie Charged with DUI for Slumping in Stopped Car
Country singer-songwriter Mark Collie was arrested and charged with DUI in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt University police found Collie slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle, with the engine running, near Nashville's "music row." He was released on $1,500 bond.
Rap Star Eve Pleads No Contest After DUI; Will Wear Ankle Bracelet
Rap star Eve has pleaded no contest to driving with a blood alcohol content above the California legal limit of .08. Eve Jihan Jeffer, known as the rapper Eve, was arrested for DUI in April after her car struck a median on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Eve's recent plea deal ordered her to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet for 45 days, pay a $390 fine plus the cost of repairs to the median, and be on 3 years probation.
Black Eyed Peas Singer "Taboo" Pleads Not Guilty to Pot Rap
Black Eyed Peas' singer Taboo has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor DUI and possession of marijuana stemming from his DUI arrest in March of this year. The hip-hop star did not appear in person to file his plea. According to police reports, Taboo, 31, appeared to be under the influence of a substance following a minor car crash in Los Angeles, and police searched his car, finding less than an ounce of marijuana and a medication for which he reportedly did not have a prescription. A pre-trial hearing has been set for June 28.
Pop Star George Michael Could Face the Clink over DUI Arrest
Pop singer George Michael could be sentenced to jail time for an October 2006 incident in which he was found slumped over the wheel of his car at a traffic light, apparently under the influence of anti-depressants, marijuana and the illegal club drug GHB, according to London prosecutors. Michael, 43, will be sentenced June 8. The singer's attorney claimed that sleeping pills, not illegal drugs, were the likely cause of the toxicology reports.
"Method Man" of Wu-Tang Clan Arrested for Marijuana DUI
The rapper known as "Method Man" from the Wu-Tang Clan rap group was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. Method Man, whose real name is Clifford Smith, was stopped at a Brooklyn toll booth when a police officer noticed that his vehicle sticker had expired. The officer then reportedly noticed that Smith was smoking pot at the time and found .03 ounces of marijuana in the car. Smith was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, >criminal possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle under the influence, and driving in an un-inspected motor vehicle.
Rapper Eve Pleads Not Guilty to DUI
Rap Star Eve pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving charges. The rap star, 28, was arrested for DUI by Los Angeles police after she hit a center divider on Hollywood Boulevard and failed a field sobriety test. Eve could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. She will return to court for a pretrial hearing on June 28.
Singer Nick Carter Says DUI Was a Blessing
Former Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, who used to date fellow DUI pal Paris Hilton, has said that his DUI and other legal run-ins were good for him. "I got a DUI, I did the classes and I went in and did my AA meetings that they made me do," Carter admitted at Washington D.C. event, "And because I did, I will never ever get behind the wheel and drink again. I learned so much and it was so good for me.It helped me so much." Carter is currently shooting an independent film and is actively involved in wildlife fundraising.
Rapper Eve Charged with Misdemeanor DUI
The rap star Eve has been charged with misdemeanor DUI after she crashed her car in Hollywood. Eve's blood alcohol content was reportedly about the California state limit of .08, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. Eve was also charged with failure to provide proof of insurance. Eve will be arraigned May 17.
Rap Artist Eve Joins the Hollywood DUI Club
Rap Artist Eve was arrested for DUI after she drove her vehicle into a center divider in Hollywood. According to the celebrity new website TMZ.com, Eve's car was totaled. The singer was booked on misdemeanor DUI and released on $30,000 bond. Actor Sean Penn reportedly visited Eve while she was waiting to be released. Blood alcohol test results were not available. She is scheduled to return to court May 17.
Black Eyed Peas Singer "Taboo" Arrested on DUI Drug Charges
The singer known as "Taboo" of the Black Eyed Peas was arrested for DUI drug charges after a minor fender-bender outside Los Angeles. Police officers reportedly found less than one ounce of marijuana in the singer's car as well as a medication for which the star did not reportedly have a prescription. Nobody was injured in the crash. Taboo's real name is Jaime Luis Gomez. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.
Singer Eric Carmen of the Raspberries Charged with DUI
Singer Eric Carmen, formerly of the rock group The Raspberries, has been charged in Gates Mills, OH, for driving while intoxicated. Carmen was reportedly stopped for driving his vehicle erratically and reportedly hitting a mailbox. Carmen's solo hits include "All by Myself" and "Hungry Eyes." The Raspberries had the hit "Go All the Way."
Christian Singer Gary Chapman Pleads Guilty to DUI
Christian singer Gary Chapman agreed to a plea deal on a September 2006 DUI arrest. Chapmen entered a "Guilty" plea to DUI charges in a Nashville courtroom in exchange for a one year suspension of his driver's license, one year probation, and attending an alcohol safety class. Chapman was charged with drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession, and DUI after he was stopped for speeding in Nashville last year. Drug charges were dropped in exchange for the DUI "Guilty" plea. Chapman was married to singer Amy Grant for 16 years. The couple divorced in 1999.
Former Phish Frontman Trey Anastasio Pleads Not Guilty to DUI
The former leader of the band Phish, Trey Anastasio, has pleaded Not Guilty to December DUI charges. According to the Associated Press, Anastasio's attorney admitted that the rock star spent 28 days in an addiction treatment program and is trying to treat his problem. Anastasio was stopped in Vermont in December and reportedly found to be in possession of Heroin, prescription pain killers, and anti-anxiety medications not prescribed to him. Anastasio could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 27.
London Court to Rocker Pete Doherty: If You Drive, You Go to Jail
London rock star Pete Doherty has been warned by a London Thames Magistrates court that if he is caught driving in the next two months, he will go to jail. Doherty was banned from driving completely after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a November 2006 incident in which he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The rocker has also recently pleaded guilty to assaulting a BBC photographer.
Former Phish Guitarist Trey Anastasio Pleads Not Guilty to DUI, Drug Charges
Rock star and former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, 42, pled Not Guilty to misdemeanor drug possession and DUI charges in an upstate New York courtroom. Anastasio was stopped in December by Whitehall, NY police after his car was reportedly spotted weaving across lanes. Police reports indicated that prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug were found, which had not been prescribed to Anastasio. Anastasio's next court date is February 14.
George Michael Pleads Not Guilty to DUI, Drug Possession in London Court
Pop star George Michael has pleaded Not Guilty in a London court to DUI and possession of marijuana charges. Michael, whose birth name is George Panaviotou, did not accompany his attorney the hearing at the Brent Magistrates' Court in London. The charges stemmed from an October event in which police found Michael slumped over his car and subsequently took him to a nearby hospital. The court charged Michael with DUI and drug possession in December. In court, Michael's attorney agreed to a temporary trial date of April 23 and argued that blood samples obtained on the night Michael was arrested were not legal and should be thrown out of court.