Just because someone is famous doesn’t mean they will never feel the long arm of the law. They quite often get a tougher time in court because, as a public figure, they should “know a lot better.” We hear of celebs getting a slap on the wrist, when the general public believes they should have landed a much tougher sentence. Yet in these rare and shocking cases, the following celebrities on this list have been accused of heinous crimes that they did not commit. Some even had to serve time in jail despite their innocence…
10. Snoop Dogg
Rapper Snoog Dogg, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., and his bodyguard, McKinley Lee, were accused in 1993 of first and second degree murder. The rapper was 21-years-old when he stood accused of conspiracy to commit assault in connection with the death of gang member Philip Woldemariam.
Prosecutors believed Woldermariam was killed in cold blood. They claimed he was shot in the back after trying to flee a confrontation between himself, Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard. They further accused Snoop Dogg of conspiracy and that he tried to dispose of the getaway vehicle. The defense argued that Woldemariam was visibly reaching for a gun in his waistband when the bodyguard fired from the passenger seat of the car. They spoke of Woldemariam’s reputation as a hotheaded gang member and he was angered that Snoop Dogg was in his territory.
Jurors spent six days deliberating before the judge read out the not-guilty verdict. Family of Snoop Dogg yelled out, “Thank you, Jesus!” in the courtroom. Snoop Dogg left court smiling with his 2-year-old son, Corde, in his arms. He told reporters waiting outside, “They made the right decision, you know what I’m saying? This has been an ordeal that has affected our lives for the past 2 1/2 years. I was just trying to figure out if I was going to be here to raise my son.” District Attorney Bobby Grace, adding that prosecutors will release a statement after the jury reaches a decision on the remaining two counts.