Moving on to the next celebrity for the From Famous to Infamous series, let’s revisit the mug shot of American actor Christian Slater, another Hollywood star of the 90’s with a history of controversy.
American actor Christian Slater began his film career in the 80’s, with a minor role in the The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) before landing a lead role in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985). He eventually became one of the Hollywood stars who rose to popularity during the 1990s, starring in several big budget films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Broken Arrow, Hard Rain, and True Romance. In case you’ve forgotten, he also starred as the fascinated reporter in the quintessential vampire flick, Interview with the Vampire, casted alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
Aside from his film and TV roles, Slater was also known for his highly publicized arrests and convictions. In 1989, he was arrested after engaging the police on a car chase through the streets of West Hollywood. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, evading the police, and assault with a deadly weapon.
In 1994, Slater was again apprehended when his luggage triggered the security alarm attempted to board a plane bound for Los Angeles. Airport officials found an unlicensed 7.65 caliber Beretta. He admitted to the offense, and was released on Christmas Eve. Instead of a more severe sentence, Slater’s lawyers managed to reduce it to community service.
Slater made it to the headlines again in 1997 when he was convicted of attacking a police officer and his then-girlfriend fashion editor Michelle Jonas while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. For this offense, he underwent a rehabilitation period of 100 days while on bail, but also served a jail time of three months. He spent three more months in a residential rehab center after his prison sentence.
Slater’s most recent brush with controversy happened in May 2005, when he was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a woman on the street. A video showing his arrest was aired on television. He was kept in the custody of Manhattan’s 19th precinct and charged with third degree sexual abuse, which he denied.
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