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Celebrity Law Breakers -- Why They Get Off

6/15/2006 7:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris Hilton, Steve-O, Britney Spears, Jesse McCartney
Sometimes when celebs break the law, they're forced to face the music. But other times, well ... not so much. Some of our favorite stars have been caught recently, apparently bending the law -- on camera!!! -- yet they they seem to get off scot-free.

From underage drinking to alleged hit and run, here are some of the most intriguing recent incidents caught on tape!



Paris Hilton: Click to watch! Incident: Last week, Paris Hilton backs her Range Rover into a Honda Civic and appears to drive away without leaving a note. (Read the article: Driving While Paris)

Stakes:   In California, it's a crime to damage a parked car and drive off without leaving a note.  The misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Disposition:  So far Paris is in the clear, but it's not over yet.  A source in the L.A. City Attorney's office tells TMZ that lawyers have been talking about what they can do, but so far no action has been taken.  Paris' rep, Elliot Mintz, told TMZ that Miss Hilton did indeed leave her contact information with a "parking attendant at the parking garage."

The owner of the Honda has not filed an accident report.

And you surely remember the infamous hit and run in Paris' Bentley last November with then-boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos, at the wheel.  No one was cited in that incident, either.

Paris Hilton: Click to watch!Incident:  In December 2004, Paris saw her sex tape, 'One Night in Paris,' on sale at a newsstand in West Hollywood, Calif. She decided to take a copy without paying -- and it was all caught on tape thanks to a security camera.

Stakes:  Petty theft. The first offense is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Dispo:  Security tapes be damned! The L.A. County D.A. rejected the case, citing "a lack of sufficient evidence."  Huh?

Steve-O: Click to watch!Incident:
Steve-O, star of MTV's "Jackass" and "Wild Boys," flaunted what appeared to be a bag of pot in front our TMZ camera last November.

Stakes:  Possessing less than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor in California,  punishable by a maximum fine of  $100. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Dispo:  Steve-0 was not cited and he can't be, because he left with the evidence.  Interestingly, a few weeks after the incident, Steve-O told TMZ, "I didn't want to get the LAPD in trouble. But it's like if you take me to jail right now, I don't give a f**k. I smoke weed."

After TMZ showed our video to the LAPD, the department initiated an "administrative investigation" to determine if officers acted properly.  Six months later, we're told the investigation is ongoing.  (Read the article: LAPD Internal Affairs Requests TMZ Exclusive Video)

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Pamela Boucher    

yes the celebities get away with murder when it comes with the law. Can't they be tweated like a normal citizen. no they can't since they have money they buy the judges and cops all together ok.

2961 days ago
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Leo    

This is all started when activists began whinning about how its cruel to put someone to death even though that person killed several people. I think this country is too weak with criminals and that is the reason why crime is still high. We should have harder punishment because it can only decrease the number of crimes committed. Until then, celebbs will also continue their 'crime' so to speak.

2961 days ago
18.

Tamara    

THIS IS BULLSHIT JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY AND FLAUNT IT AOUND THEY DONT HAVE TO PAY FOR THERE CRIMES WHILE THE REST OF US HAVE TO YOU KNOW DAMN WELL THAT IF WE BROKE THE LAW LIKE THEY ARE WE WOULD BE PAYING BIG TIME.

2961 days ago
19.

Tamara    

YOU ALL KNOW THE ONLY REASON THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS CRAP IOS BECAUSE THEY PAY OFF THE JUDGES DA'S AND COPS IF IT WAS ANY SIMPLE PERSON WHO WAS NOT A CELEBERTY THEN WE WOULD BE SITTING IN JAIL PLUS A FINE

2961 days ago
20.

Dennis    

Special treatment is acceptable nationwide if you are famous or have money. No one wants to offend a popular personality. Thing is, they are just people like the rest of us. They have lapses of good judgement, but are not held accountable for their actions. Society is too involved in celebrities and what they're doing. Let's stop making them out to be so special and placing them above the laws of the land. Treat them as ordinary citizens and stop making their every move news worthy. Inquirying minds DON"T want to know.

2961 days ago
21.

Louise    

Number 11, my sentiments, exactly, we all pay in the end.

2961 days ago
22.

rdl    

This is bad- to allow celeberties special privilages- But I find it worse that they express their empty headed polical opinions to the public all the time and so many think they know what they are talking about. They are just actors and singers, and over compensated ones at that. That doesn't give them the insight or wisdom or common sense necessary to influence political direction. Just look
at Clooney and Streisand for two examples.

2961 days ago
23.

ARTIE    

Hollywood is undermineing the whole country and our moral values. I'ts value is based on whom has the most , who could speek out against the country that they made their wealth from the loudest. They all forget where they came from ,some of the worst are2nd generation spoon in mouth brats that would get their perverbiale asses kicked in a normal neighborhood.

2961 days ago
24.

Paula    

hello dont you remember OJ Simpson i think that speaks for it self

2961 days ago
25.

Celeste    

Clinton and Nixon! Their offenses were nothing compared to the crimes of that unfit, monkey-faced hillbilly ex-cocaine addict, drunken driving cretin who is in the White House now! Having sex with an intern (or breaking into Democratic headquarters) vs. sending thousands of young people to their deaths so that he and his fat cat cronies can prosper--COME ON! If Dubya is so committed to fighting terrorism, let him send his worthless, drunken daughters to Iraq! The disservice Ken Starr did to this nation was wasting taxpayer dollars because bible-thumping freaks like him were jealous that somebody might be having a good time!

2961 days ago
26.

Ruth    

stars are greedy. They act as though the world owes them something. Its just a career and who made them rich stupid society buying all there things. Tell me why do doctors and teachers make less then an entertainer. I think society should wake up to reality. Thats the problem in this world were backwards.

2961 days ago
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Stella B.    

When you have a Congress that exempts itself from the law, others are entitled to the same courtesy. Those in power make the rules. Fame is power. Money is power. Money talks, offenders walk.

2961 days ago
28.

Celeste    

Thank God for people like Clooney and Streisand. They live in this country too and have a right to speak out when they see wrongdoing. I thought that the freedom to express opinions is what's supposed to be so great about the good old USA. Just because you don't agree with their political views doesn't mean they don't have the right to air them. Fool!

2961 days ago
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Brianne    

I agree Rhonda. If these were people of color, they would be immediately arrested or ticketed. Take, for example, the linday Lohan accident where a Mexican/Hispanic poor man and father with a family accidentally hit a SPEEDING Lohan. He gets arrested and not Lohan?? They were both at fault! But why did he get arrested?? I highly doubt he would be stupid enough to do it on purpose, knowing that celebs and the rich have more advantages in that area (a street which is known for the rich and famous). SOMEBODY has to control these cops and the law! And you have hispanic/ black/ asian cops working and what the hell do they do to defend their people? Instead, like the COWARDS they are, they lick the asses of their SUPERIORS aka dullard white folks. I swear, it's like living under a regime. No rights! No rights at all. Atleast if I were living in a muslim country, I'd be rich! Since they're richer over there. And these mexican/hispanic people and other people from different ethnic backgrounds... THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO DEFEND THEMSELVES! So, they get arrested more easily after being questioned and investigated. I hope that everytime an inncoent human being is arrested, scarring their souls, embarassing them, ruining their reputation and messing with their pride, that the evil people involved in harassing and abusing innocent civilians by falsely arresting them, burn in HELL. I just see this happen too often, to RESPECTABLE people and it just angers me. I just think that the police and the law get away with too much! May the Lord put such heathens into the devil's hands for punishment for all eternity. Sorry, I'm getting religious here caus, like I said, I've witnessed this kind of injustice all too often and it hurts my mind and my soul to see such torture happen to GOOD decent people!

While these white people, not just the rich, get away with SO much! It's an injustice. A great failure to humankind.

2961 days ago
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Jeff B    

Nice that TMZ goes running to the cops on Steve-O. He gives you guys a little bit of news, and you go and tattle on him... Knarks!!

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