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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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91.

Pat    

This is one reason the morals of our children are in danger. We teach our children to be upstanding citizens then we see someone who has money breaking the law and getting away with it how do we compete. If the attornies and judges who are suppose to do what is right can only see the mighty dollar, why do we bother spending tax payers money to prosecute any one. When money becomes more important the what is right we have no chance. If it wasn't for fans who would these supposed celebraties be?

3019 days ago
92.

Christine    

No surprise here, but what i do is i don't buy anything and / or watch there shows, because some stars remind me of snottie noise spoiled people who have no real respect. But yet i do feel sorry for some of them, because they don't realize that money is not what life is all about, and they will have to meet their maker someday and what exactly do you think their maker is going to ask them, is the maker going to care about all their money, etc.

3019 days ago
93.

Bernie    

Its the same old story: If you have money and power behind you, you will always be free to do as you please. If you are a commoner then you are screwed and you feel the screws.

3019 days ago
94.

Just a Thought    

Have to agree with most of the comments here. Especially the ones that denote people that have actual possession of illegal substances ummmm where do these people get the stuff? That should be the big question as all these "celebrities" are promoting the existence of the corrupt underworld (from the drug cartels to the shady lone dealer) in all its vile practices.

Such hypocrites when their world is always the first to start yelling about oppression in third world countries.

3019 days ago
95.

Patsy    

Not paying a fine isn't even the real issue, what is at stake is intervening in these lives to hopefully help them to STOP. There is nothing that makes it more real than to do the time for the crime. Sometimes, even that doesn't help, but we have to admit, it usually IS a wakeup call.

3019 days ago
96.

Cindy Marshall    

Well, then there are millions of ILLEGAL immigrants, who get free medical services and schooling in the bargain, simply by ILLEGALLY crossing over another country's borders--at a time when our own citizens are dying because of inadequate emergency services and understaffed hospitals...and schools are overflowing. Not to mention the greedy employers who have thrown the law out the window to hire cheap workers illegally.

3019 days ago
97.

Fred Weaver    

And these icons are whom our children learn from. Gees whats next tax breaks for the RICH and Famous>>>>> LMAO

3019 days ago
98.

Christina    

OK, not that I don't enjoy getting dirt on these people (especially
since I don't like these preppy morons), but honestly... the people
from TMZ are nothing but muck-rakers. They love exposing truths
without proposing a solution. It's like they're TRYING to get these
people in trouble. What bothers me the most is that they'll fine
you $1,000 for hitting someone's car and petty theft, plus 6 months
in jail... but they'll only make you pay $100 for endangering your
child's life (or posessing an illegal substance). Nice going Cali. As
for the "underage drinking"... The U.S, is the ONLY country in the
world that has 21 as the drinking age. Most of the other coutries in
the WORLD have it at 18. What makes the U.S. right and the rest of
the world wrong? There are worse things in existence than indulging
yourself with some beer and a little pot, but no one bothers to set
such high standards for those things. Like irresponsible people like
Britney Spears becoming a parent.

"OMG! she scratched a car!
*high-pitched scream* alcohol, pot... Off with her head!"

Yet any idiot can become a parent.

And to those people commenting on EQUALITY...

Get over it! It doesn't exist. Social classes have alwas and WILL always be present, whether as a publicly accepted concept or within each individual's mind. People will always try to find a way to perceive themselves as different and BETTER than the rest. The only place where EQUALITY can exist is within an absolute communism. And history has seen communistic societies collapse again and again because IT IS NOT POLITICALLY POSSIBLE. Even when a country declared itself a commmunism, it is not real because the leader of said country are not living the same way as the rest of the populace.

So if you think you are living in a country based on "equality", please see a shrink and maybe a historian or two. Ever heard of diplomatic immunity? And what the f**k does IRAQ have to do with ANYTHING?!

(Bet you they're not fining you $1,000 in Iraq for scratching a freakin car)

Personally, I don't care about laws. I do what i think is right. And if i dont see any logic behind a so-called law, i don't freakin follow it blindly like some ppl who do what it tells them cuz "It's the law." I agree with Steve-O. If I wanna smoke weed, I'll smoke weed. Because the government already lets people rot their bodies with MANY other substances, what's one more. As long as I'm not hurting other people, like by smoking it around children (which many people do with cigarettes, and no one says anything) everything's fine.

And this is exactly why i dont read these kind of stupid articles. They get me ranting at their stupidity!

3019 days ago
99.

Emmett H. McClary    

In America Young Black men between the ages of 18 and 25 possess and
use drugs at about the same statistical rate as young white men. Yet when
they are arrested and convicted they go to prison at four times the rate of
their white counterparts. Young white men get lawyers go to treatment ,
become involved in Court Watch or Drug Court programs. Does this mean out
our Judicial system is for sale? Does this mean that in white families where the
fathers are present the young men have a better chance of being influnced
towards change? The answer is: Drugs are illegal because enforcement
is big business in this country! one out of every seven lawyers in the world
live in America! Police, Procecutors and prison workers would have to get
"real jobs" if we would act civilized and treat drugs as the public health
problem it really is, insteand of treating it as a legal problem

3019 days ago
100.

Lydia Shay    

Leave poor Britney alone! Celebrities owe us nothing but a good performance on stage, a great record or an outstandingh film role. That's all! They are not there for us to dissect. Life is not a science lab. How many of you could pass the paparazzi test day in and day out. Yeh, that's what I thought. Not many.

3019 days ago
101.

LYGIA FOUCHEY    

WHY HARP ON CLINTON BUSH SHOULD BE IMPEACHED FOR STARTING A WAY THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND HE IS TAKING ARE AMERICAN JOBS AND SENDING THEM OVER SEAS CAUSE THE LABOR IS CHEAPER? ITS FUNNY WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT BUSH IS PRO-LIFE YET HE MURDERS MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN IRAQ I GUESS IT'S O.K. TO KILL CHILDREN AFTER THEIR BORN.

3019 days ago
102.

Jerry    

Think about this: "DNA or OJ?" C'mon now. Celebrities are the gaudy Nobility of America. Things will change only when Judges, Police Officers, Lawyers and Politicians start standing up for their own beliefs, rather than for the American Dollar. Oh wait... Nevermind. I just realized how impossible that'd be... We just need loads of dough to put into a Civil Uprising. It's about time we had a new Revolution. Mmmmmmm remember what the French did to their nobility? :)

3019 days ago
103.

jackie lashinsky    

big deal, get over it!

3019 days ago
104.

Rex    

Two words. Felony Barry

3019 days ago
105.

STEVE BIGLER    

DON'T BE JEALOUS JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT RICH AND/OR FAMOUS

3019 days ago
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