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24 Latino celebs who got a taste of life behind bars


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As rich, chic and famous as some celebs are, many of them can tell you how the back of a police car smells (and probably how that scent stays with you for a long time!). Some of our favorite Latino celebrities are no strangers to problems with the law. Naya Rivera's arrest for domestic battery shocked us, but proves that no one is above the law (and also that her relationship with Ryan Dorsey is stranger that we could have imagined).

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While seeing some of our most admired entertainers in serious legal trouble is sad and often disappointing, it's also good to see that no one is above the law.

Celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Michelle Rodríguez and Michael Rivera have been in jail more than once. Larry Hernández is a changed man since his weeks behind bars and Gloria Trevi even had a child while imprisoned.

However, these stories of famous Latinos who had serious problems with the law are scary, but often inspiring. Take a look.

Naya Rivera was taking a walk with husband Ryan Dorsey and their son in West Virginia. 1

Naya Rivera was taking a walk with husband Ryan Dorsey and their son in West Virginia.

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They were visiting his family's town for the Thanksgiving holiday. Things got out of hand, and apparently she hit him in the face several times.

The police got involved. Sources of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said that "the two were arguing over their child." It was also established that Dorsey didn't need "medical attention." Naya was arrested for domestic battery and released on a $1,000 bail.

Josey, who recently turned 2 years old, was the reason the couple decided to call off their divorce this October. Needless to say, things are not going well.

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Michelle Rodriguez seems to have learned her lesson. 2

Michelle Rodriguez seems to have learned her lesson.

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In 2004, she plead no-contest to three traffic violations in Los Angeles, including a hit-and-run and drunk driving. She was given probation, violated it, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but was released after a few hours.

In 2005, while filming Lost she was arrested again, plead guilty to DUI charges and spent five days in jail.

Since then, the Fast and Furious actress has calmed down. Let's hope she stays out of trouble forever.

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Jenni Rivera's second child Michael Marin Rivera was arrested for criminal conduct. 3

Jenni Rivera's second child Michael Marin Rivera was arrested for criminal conduct.

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He was in Miami with his family to attend the 2013 Premios Lo Nuestro. The reality TV star, then 22 years old, was accused of vandalism. He destroyed some posters in Miami Beach.

Mikey had been in serious trouble before when in March 2011, at 20, he was found guilty of sex with a minor and was sentenced to three years probation.

Jenni Rivera herself was arrested in June 2008. 4

Jenni Rivera herself was arrested in June 2008.

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A man who attended one of her concerts in North Carolina accused her of battery, after she hit with her microphone. It wasn't unprovoked though: Minutes before he had thrown a bottle to the stage. Who can blame her?

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A.B. Quintanilla was arrested for skipping on his child support payments. 5

A.B. Quintanilla was arrested for skipping on his child support payments.

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After failing to make his child support payments and spending several days trying to escape the law, Selena Quintanilla's older brother and leader of the Kumbia Kings band ended up in jail in August 2017.

He spent two weeks behind bars and was released after agreeing to pay $87,000 in late payments.

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Danny Trejo was a jail veteran before he became an actor. 6

Danny Trejo was a jail veteran before he became an actor.

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He started his life of crime at 14, when he committed his first armed robbery. His turning point happened on May 5, 1968, when he and other prisoners started a huge riot.

Trejo seriously injured a guard when he hit him in the head with a rock. He thought he was going to get the death penalty and since he was released a few months later, he decided to turn his life around and achieved it. Since then, he has acted in more than 300 films.

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On February 27, 2014, George Lopez got so drunk that he passed out on a casino floor. 7

On February 27, 2014, George Lopez got so drunk that he passed out on a casino floor.

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It happened at the Caesars Windsor casino in Canada. He was arrested for public intoxication. No charges were filed--those nice Canadians!--but he did spend the night in the drunk tank to sober up.

Bruno Mars was arrested for cocaine possession in September 2010 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas 8

Bruno Mars was arrested for cocaine possession in September 2010 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas

He did more than 200 hours of community service, paid a $2,000 fine and completed eight hours of drug counseling before his charges were dismissed.

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Charlie Sheen's bad boy image is real. 9

Charlie Sheen's bad boy image is real.

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Sheen has been arrested several times, including two times on separate occasions for domestic abuse and one time for cocaine overdose.

While he's been out of handcuffs for a while, he is facing a scary lawsuit from an ex girlfriend, who has accused him of intentionally exposing her to HIV. He announced he had was HIV positive on November 17, 2015.

Larry Hernandez's stint in jail changed his life. 10

Larry Hernandez's stint in jail changed his life.

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He was arrested in September of 2015 for a crazy case of kidnapping and beating a show promoter in North Carolina. The NBC Universo Larrymanía star spent two months in jail and his situation was resolved privately, but the Mexican American singer hasn't forgotten about it. He is still on probation and tells anyone who wants to listen that he is now a recovered alcoholic and credits God for his second chance.

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Luis Miguel's legal problems were well known, but no one thought things would get this far. 11

Luis Miguel's legal problems were well known, but no one thought things would get this far.

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On April 18, 2017, Los Angeles judge Virginia A. Phillips ordered the singer's arrest after he refused to attend several court appointments.

He turned himself in and was released several hours afterwards.

Nicole Richie has cleaned up her act. 12

Nicole Richie has cleaned up her act.

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But in 2003, Richie was caught in posession of heroin and driving with a suspended license. Another time she was arrested for driving drunk, high, and under the influence of Vicodin in the wrong direction.

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This is Don Omar, looking dapper and stylish for a domestiv violence hearing. 13

This is Don Omar, looking dapper and stylish for a domestiv violence hearing.

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William Omar Landron, known artistically as Don Omar, was arrested on September 17, 2014 for allegedly threatening to beat his girlfriend. She took back the accusations and has disappeared out public view ever since.

According to Aimée Alvarado, the director of the Puerto Rican division of domestic violence, this was not the first time cops were called to Don Omar's residence for suspicion of domestic violence. "We have several incidents reported dating back different dates and situations."

In June 2015, Fat Joe was sentenced to four months in jail for tax evasion. 14

In June 2015, Fat Joe was sentenced to four months in jail for tax evasion.

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Joseph Cartagena, the rapper's legal name, was sent to federal prison for "failure to file income tax returns on more than $3.3 million in earnings."

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We'd like to think that the world is lucky that Juan Gabriel spent some time in jail. 15

We'd like to think that the world is lucky that Juan Gabriel spent some time in jail.

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The iconic Mexican singer and songwriter was behind bars during 18 months, after an actress wrongly accused him of stealing. During this time he wrote some of his most famous songs like "No tengo dinero" and "Tres claveles y un rosal."

In May 2011, Ricardo Chavira was arrested for an alleged DUI. 16

In May 2011, Ricardo Chavira was arrested for an alleged DUI.

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The Desperate Housewives star shocked with his arrest. I can't imagine how the call to tell his parents went. After all, the actor's dad is a judge in Texas.

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Puerto Rican reggeatonero Nicky Jam called his latest album 'Fenix' for a reason. 17

Puerto Rican reggeatonero Nicky Jam called his latest album 'Fenix' for a reason.

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It translates to Phoenix, the mythical bird that comes back to life by arising from the his own ashes--and it does relate to his life. After breaking the duo Los Cangris, with Daddy Yankee, in 2004 and while having serious problems with alcohol and drugs, he was arrested for driving a stolen car. After he was released, he moved from Puerto Rico to Medellín, Colombia and restarted his career.

Paulina Rubio was arrested in Miami in June 2011 after a minor traffic accident. 18

Paulina Rubio was arrested in Miami in June 2011 after a minor traffic accident.

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Instead of crying or staying quiet, she decided to fight with police and not follow directions. She escaped a trial by taking safe driving classes.

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Paquita la del Barrio spent 17 hours in jail. 19

Paquita la del Barrio spent 17 hours in jail.

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The "Rata de dos patas" singer was accused of tax evasion in Mexico in December 2006.

Carlos Santana was arrested in Houston for possession of marijuana. 20

Carlos Santana was arrested in Houston for possession of marijuana.

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Santana was arrested in 1991, at the Houston Intercontinental Airport for transporting 5 grams of marijuana from Mexico.

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Kalimba was accused of rape in December 2011. 21

Kalimba was accused of rape in December 2011.

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The Mexican singer spent seven days in jail until a judge decided there wasn't enough evidence of a crime and released him.

Lupita D'Alessio spent 15 days in jail in 1993. 22

Lupita D'Alessio spent 15 days in jail in 1993.

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D'Alessio was in jail because of tax evasion.

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Isabel Pantoja is one of Spain's biggest divas. 23

Isabel Pantoja is one of Spain's biggest divas.

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The iconic singer was sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion. She walked into the big house on November 21, 2014.

She is out now, touring Spain and Latin America, and working in a bio series in which she has promised open up about her life like never before.

Gloria Trevi's career crashed in the late 90s after her troubles with the law. 24

Gloria Trevi's career crashed in the late 90s after her troubles with the law.

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The Mexican singer and her then manager/boyfriend, Sergio Andrade, were accused of kidnapping, raping and corrupting underage girls.

Trevi spent more than four years in jail and even had a son while in prison, but has managed to stage a comeback bigger than her fall.

She has sold more than 25 million albums and is touring the country now with her friend Alejandra Guzmán.

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Topics: celebrity scandals  scandals 2017  naya rivera  george lopez  jenni rivera  michelle rodriguez