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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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it's not just stars who get special treatment.....I work with a guy whose brother is a night after work, he got pulled over and arrested for possesion of an ounce of coke.......he went to jail, got out 4 hours later.........never went to court...nothing more ever said about it...his brother pulled strings to get him my girlfriend driving to work on a suspended license got arrested and locked up for 4 days, lost her job for missing work, and still has court dates which she is going to have to pay even more money...too bad her brother isn't a i even seen a guy who i know is a cop walk out of a liquor store get in his car while drinking..i asked him aren't you a cop? his responce..."only 8 hours a day" I feel like starting a revolution and exposing stuff like this...but i'd prolly get arrested and harassed by the police until they planted his little brothers coke on me and put me away for life........

3014 days ago


To thos trying to defend Brittany driving with an infant in her lap - PLEASE check the photo agan there was a passenger in the front seat. If she didn't have time to put the baby in the car seat 'causethe papparazzi was scaring her - why didn't she pass the baby over before pulling away? - NO BRAINS!

3014 days ago


Then there the phot of her alsomost dropping the baby and instead of dropping her precious water - it takes the quick think and reflexes of a bodyguard to right the babe and Brittany is still holding the water!! - Any NO BRAINS

But then again she did marry K-Fed.......

3014 days ago

Dennis Robart    

Kennedys don't get off, they get killed :)

3014 days ago

Cedric C. Carter    

"What does it profit a man (woman or child) to gain the entire (whole) world (or fame, fortune and power) yet forfeit his own soul?" And you can't TAKE ANY OF IT WITH YOU beyond the grave (this life). BUT, you will STILL have the judgement of a Holy and Righteous God to look forward to. And all you money, so-called fame and so-called power will not do you one bit of good before the Creator and Sustainer of all the Earth for all time! We all need to keep all of this gamesmanship regarding the laws of men in ETERNAL perspective. The quote is from Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 16, verse 26. What will these folks do when the PARTY is REALLY over???

3014 days ago


Celebrites are not different than noncelebs. MOre noncelebs "get off" more than celebs. Also, more celebs are TARGETS compare to non celebs. I am not mad at anyone who has the money to get justice and will NOT allow our system to throw ANY KIND of justice at them. There are people in jail now for crimes they DID NOT comment but due to the fact they did NOT HAVE THE MONEY to get a good defense is the reason why they are serving time. I blame the system for that and NO ONE ELSE.

3014 days ago


Why would you try to get Steve-O (and the cops) busted? Just put the video on your site and SHUT UP!

3014 days ago


Its just wrong, i wish they would be put in jail like normal people

3011 days ago


Its just the way it is, these people are often revered as gods on earth. Often, they get treated in such a manner . You could also complain about all the stuff celebrities get for free gift baskets, hotels etc., After all they are the ones that have the money to pay for these items. I guess its just the way it is.. Although no crime should go unpunished.

3011 days ago


I haven't taken the time to read all the comments so maybe this has already been mentioned.... but most of the 'crimes' they are committing are treated with leniency particularly for first time offenders where there are no 'victims' of the crime. Pot gets dumped out, underage drinkers are brought home or alcohol dumped out, petty shoplifting forgiven for an apology.
That being said celebrities are so visible maybe they SHOULD be held to higher standards than the average citizen, they have so many luxuries do they really need to break the law?

3005 days ago


If you have money you can get out of anything OJ proved that.

3004 days ago



2998 days ago

elizabeth bagwell    

do you think claire forlani is having affair with her marriage Therapist i care for her husband and i will support him and won't let him be alone.

1116 days ago
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