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. Gary DourdanSource:Joshua Tousey / PR Photos
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.
2. O.J. SimpsonSource:AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool
O.J. Simpson abused his slain ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson on numerous occasions.
3. Flavor FlavSource:Clark County Detention Center via AP
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.
4. Chris BrownSource:Scott Roth/Invision/AP
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.
5. Terrence HowardSource:Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
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.
6. 50 CentSource:AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
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.
7. Ray RiceSource:AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
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.
8. Columbus ShortSource:Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
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.
9. Mike EppsSource:Koi Sojer / PR Photos
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.
10. Dennis RodmanSource:AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon
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.
11. Kevin McCallSource:Winston Burris / PR Photos
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.
12. Floyd MayweatherSource:AP Photo/Nick Ut
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.