15 Most Surprising Celebrity Arrests of 2013 (PHOTOS)

Jill Baughman | Jan 1, 2014 Celebrities
15 Most Surprising Celebrity Arrests of 2013 (PHOTOS)

aaron hernandezIf you didn't get arrested or have to appear in court in 2013 -- well, good for you! That's more than what can be said for the celebrities on the following list. From darling Reese Witherspoon to disturbed Amanda Bynes, there were certainly some shocking celebrity arrests from the past year. So, if you had a kind of lackluster 2013 and want to feel better about yourself since you didn't get into any entanglements with law enforcement, this one's for you! Or, if you have been arrested this year (and so sorry if you have) ... um, celebrities! They're just like us! So you can feel better about yourself in that way too.

And maybe 2014 will bode better for these folks -- though there's no doubt that a whole new crop of celebs will appear on next year's list.

For example, it didn't get much crazier than when Aaron Hernandez got arrested back in June 2013. His friend Odin Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park about a mile away from Hernandez's house. He had multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest, and Hernandez was charged for his murder. The former New England Patriot tight end has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, but news of his arrest was one of the most unexpected, shocking stories from this year.

Check out some of the other most headline-worthy celebrity arrests of 2013.

Which celebrity arrest were you most surprised by this year?


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  • Amanda Bynes


    In May 2013, Amanda Bynes was arrested after just one instance in a series of disturbing actions by the troubled young star. She was arrested for marijuana possession and throwing evidence (a bong) out the window. An official from the building called police when he saw Amanda smoking a joint and acting strangely and muttering to herself. Let's hope her stint in rehab leads to a happier, less criminal 2014.

  • Oscar Pistorius


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    In February 2013, the world was shocked when double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was charged and arrested for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's murder. He will be tried from March 3 to 20, 2014.

  • Reese Witherspoon


    Was there really a more shocking celeb arrest than this one? Reese Witherspoon was arrested in April 2013 by Georgia cops after they pulled a car over that was being driven by her husband. She refused to stay in the car and asked an officer, “Do you know my name?” when they asked her to cooperate. She was eventually charged with disorderly conduct.

  • James Cromwell


    Actor James Cromwell was arrested by Wisconsin cops in February 2013. The 73-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct when he was on the University of Wisconsin campus to protest using animals in research. He was booked into Dane County Jail and charged before being released.

  • Lamar Odom


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    Though Lamar Odom's divorce from Khloe Kardashian has taken over headlines recently, he got in big trouble with the law back in August 2013 when he was arrested for a DUI. It happened in the San Fernando Valley at 3:54 a.m. He was booked and held on $15,000 bail. At the time, he was also reportedly battling a crack-cocaine addiction.

  • Lindsay Lohan


    Lindsay Lohan pleaded no contest to charges of reckless driving and lying to police in March 2013, which is when she posed for this mug shot. She was ordered to spend 90 days in rehab, complete 30 days of community service, and undergo 18 months of psychological counseling. Okay, so these were charges stemming back from last year when she was actually arrested, but we had to show you her mug shot.

  • Josh Brolin


    To kick off 2013, Josh Brolin was arrested in California and charged with public intoxication. He was booked at 3:02 a.m. and then released at 7:14 a.m. Looks like he had a bit too much fun ringing in the new year!

  • Chris Brown


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    Okay, okay, so maybe this one isn't all that surprising. Chris Brown was arrested in Washington, D.C., on October 2013. Brown got into an argument with a man outside a hotel and reportedly punched him once in the face. The victim said that before he was attacked, Chris said, "I'm not down with that gay s**t, I feel like boxing."


  • Dina Lohan


    Dina Lohan was arrested for drunk driving in Long Island, New York in September 2013. Her blood alcohol level was more than TWICE the legal limit. Figures since Lindsay didn't get arrested this year, she oughta leave it up to mom.

  • Craig Robinson


    In October 2013, The Office star Craig Robinson was arrested for drug possession in the Bahamas. He tried to board a plane with half a gram of marijuana and 18 ecstasy pills. He pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession. Though he faced up to four years in prison, he got a huge break and only had to pay a fine and leave the country ASAP. Guess that hot tub time machine truly is magical.

  • Emma Roberts


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    We're the Millers actress Emma Roberts was arrested for a domestic violence incident in Canada. She reportedly attacked her boyfriend, Evan Peters. Julia Roberts' niece was taken into custody on July 7 after getting into that fight with her American Horror Story boyfriend. Evan apparently had a bloody nose and bite mark. She was eventually released without being charged.

  • Jason London


    Talk about a headline-making arrest. Dazed and Confused actor Jason London was arrested in January 2013 when cops were called to a bar in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was eventually subdued by police after he got aggressive, went on an amazing, swear-y rant in the back of the cop car, then proceeded to crap in his pants. Ahem. Anyway. Moving on ...

  • David Cassidy


    David Cassidy was arrested in August 2013 for drunk driving. He was pulled over by an officer for driving with his high beams on when he wasn't supposed to. However, it seems that his mug shot, showing how much he has aged since his days as a heartthrob, was far more essential to talk about than his arrest.

  • Jenelle Evans


    Teen Mom Jenelle Evans shocked everybody when, pregnant with her second child, she was arrested in South Carolina after a screaming match with her boyfriend Nathan Griffith. She's been arrested multiple times throughout the year, for everything from assault to drug possession, but this is her first one while pregnant. 

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