Celebrities whose parents committed terrible crimes
You can pick your favorite celebs, but you can't pick your parents, and guess what? Stars are stuck with theirs too, even when mom and dad have rap sheets. Celebrities! They're just like us!
Leighton Meester's parents were drug traffickers
Although her Gossip Girl character, Blair Waldorf, was born into the Upper East Side elite, Leighton Meester's real life supposedly started in a Texas halfway house in 1986. Her parents were serving time in a federal prison for smuggling 1,200 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Jamaica. Once Leighton was born, her mother returned to prison.Controversies rock Hollywood in 2017
Meester's family troubles didn't end there. Her maternal aunt, who was also involved in the drug-smuggling operation, broke out of jail and became the first woman ever to appear on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted List, according to New York magazine. Her brother, Douglas Meester, was charged with rape and forcible sodomy while attending the Air Force Academy, but according to Westword, the serious charges were dropped in a plea deal in 2004.
Leighton's response to all this? "Look, I could've turned out a lot worse," she told Cosmopolitan. We're all glad you didn't.
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Who doesn't love Jackie Chan? It can't be helped, and yet the mere fact that he exists at all is astounding when you learn his family history. In his 1999 autobiography, I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, he explains that his mother was an opium smuggler in Shanghai. His father? The port inspector (and former spy) who busted her. Instead of arresting her, they fell in love and got married. Five years later, Jackie was born. Hey, the heart wants what it wants.
Kellie Picker's parents both served time
It's a good thing Kellie Pickler has a voice suited for singing country songs, because her early life didn't offer a whole lot of options. Her father served almost four years for stabbing their neighbor in a trailer park in 2003. Her mother allegedly forged prescriptions and wrote bad checks. Pickler talked about her parents' troubles with People magazine in 2008. "I hadn't seen the way a relationship should be," she said. "I'd never seen my mom and dad in the same room except in a courthouse." Imagine what Taylor Swift could have done with all that.Assault laws in focus amid Weinstein saga
In 2008, Hayden Panettiere's father was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after assaulting her mother while drunk. He has publicly stated the domestic violence was just one "big misunderstanding," and Hayden believes him. In an August 2009 interview with Seventeen (via People), Panettiere had this to say about the arrest: "It put my dad in this light that is so not him. You know your mind goes to: 'He abuses, he beats his wife.' For my dad to have that reputation now— which is so not who he is—kills me."
Diddy's father was an associate of American Gangster Frank Lucas
Diddy's father died when he was just three years old, and for much of his live, the rapper believed a car accident had killed him. However, that wasn't the case. Diddy later learned that his dad died during a botched drug deal—possibly while working for Frank Lucas, the notorious Harlem heroin trafficker dramatized in the 2007 film American Gangster. Lucas confirmed the relationship in a 2007 interview with MTV.The untold truth of Omarosa
Diddy launched the Revolt TV network in 2013, and used the media platform to open up about his father's death and to discuss the subsequent effect it had on him. In a video segment called "Confessions", Diddy stated, "My father was a drug dealer so I learned early in life that there's only two ways out of that".