Domestic violence has been going on for centuries. At one time, it was even perceived as a ‘private affair’ and was never mentioned. The reality is . . . domestic violence does not discriminate. It knows no age, social class, ethnicity or religion and it does and can happen to anyone. Celebrities involved in domestic violence are often arrested, some face jail time while others are forgiven. Here are just a few of the many who have been involved in domestic violence.
1. Kevin McCall
Eva Marcille filed a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and the father of her daughter, Kevin McCall. Reportedly, McCall chased Marcille around their home, kicked down doors and attempted to snatch their daughter from her hands.
2. The Dream
TMZ is reporting that The Dream is wanted by New York authorities for allegedly punching, kicking, and strangling his ex-girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time.
3. Mike Epps
The actor is facing some serious accusations from a woman that use to ghost write for him. He was with his wife at a movie premiere when she confronted them. She claims Epps hit her in the face while trying to separate his wife and her during a heated exchange.
4. Columbus Short
TMZ reported that Short was arrested for physically attacking his wife in front of his children back in February. According to TMZ, that was not the first time.
5. The Game
The Game is back under the microscope of the police. He is being investigated allegedly beating up his fiancee Tiffney Cambridge. The investigation could result in a felony domestic violence charge.
6. Ray Rice
Rice married his fiancee and mother of his child, Janay Palmer, just a day after he was indicted for third degree aggravated assault after surveillance video taken in Atlantic City shows him dragging an unconscious Palmer out of a casino elevator.
7. Oscar Pistorius
South Africa’s golden boy nicknamed ‘the blade runner’ was arrested on Valentine’s day for the murder of his girlfriend – model, lawyer and reality star Reeva Steenkamp. After his arrest, there were reports of previous allegations of domestic violence.
8. Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes is the alleged abuser who knocked the hearing out of Halle Berry’s ear.
9. 50 Cent
Rapper 50 Cent whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is accused of kicking his ex-girlfriend and damaging her home during an altercation at her Toluca Lake, California home. Police estimated almost $7,100 in damages at her home from their incident.
10. Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson: His anger during an arguement with his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, resulted in a three-inch gash on her forehead after he head-butted her. He not only lost his wife but was dropped from the Miami Dolphins and his new reality show was cancelled. According to recent Tweets, he now channels his anger to her in cyberspace.
11. Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard: According to court papers, the honeymoon of Terrence and wife Michelle Ghent Howard only lasted a week. She was granted a restraining order after claims that he slugged her and threatened to throw her off the balcony. In 2002, Terrence was arrested for forcing entry into his 1st wife’s home, chasing her and punching her twice in the face. (Photo: AP)
12. Chris Brown
Chris Brown: His assault on girlfriend Rihanna was one of the most publicized domestic violence cases and is still to this day often discussed. These two have since repaired their relationship and have gotten back together to the dismay of others. Fortunately, today there are programs in place to help people who inflict pain and misery on the very ones they claim to love.
13. Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav: He was arrested last year for violence against his fiancee and her son. He allegedly threw her to the ground and ripped out her earring during an argument. Her son tried to defend her and was chased around the house by Flavor Flav wielding two knives.
14. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson physically and verbally abused ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva.
15. O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson abused his slain ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson on numerous occasions.
16. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen: His long history of domestic violence dates back to 1994 when a college student sued him for hitting her after she declined his sexual advances. He should have been arrested instead of sued (the case was settled out of court). In 1996 he was arrested and pleaded guilty to battering a girlfriend who needed seven stitches to her lip. Once again in 2009, he pleaded guilty to first choking and then holding a knife to his third wife’s throat.
17. Gary Dourdan
Gary Dourdan: He was arrested in 2011 for allegedly breaking his ex-girlfriend’s nose during a fight. He was arrested but agreed to enter a no contest plea in exchange for no jail time as well as five years probation and 52 weeks of counseling.
18. Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman: While married to Carmen Electra in 1999, he and Carmen were both charged with misdemeanors after police were notified of a domestic disturbance. In 2003, he was arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting his then fiancee. Again in 2008, he pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor spousal battery charges and was sentenced to one year of domestic violence counseling and three years probation.
19. Rocker Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee: Rock star and Motley Crue drummer was finally sentenced to jail for six months in 1998 for battering wife Pamela Anderson. The judge noted that Lee had been repeatedly placed on probation for a series of violent incidents dating back to 1983 and faulted the justice system for allowing the rocker to believe that he could get away with behaving violently.
20. Ike Turner
Ike Turner: The violence in their marriage was turned into a film ‘What’s Love Got to do With it’ and I remember feeling each blow that was delivered to Tina. The violent marriage came to an end when Tina finally left him in 1976.
21. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather: He was arrested in 2010 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and the mother of three of his children. Two of the children witnessed the assault. He was sentenced to three months in jail. He also was charged in 2002 and again in 2004 with domestic violence and misdemeanor battery against two women.
22. Michael Lohan
Michael Lohan: The father of Lindsay Lohan has been arrested on numerous occasions for domestic violence against his girlfriend, Kate Major. The last one resulted in him becoming physical as well as threatening to throw her off the balcony and slit her wrists. He complained of chest pains and was taken to the hospital instead of jail. This happened the previous time he was arrested and actually tried to slip out undetected but was caught.