Chris Brown’s Not Alone: 5 White Celebs Accused of Hitting Women
Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen are some of the white stars involved in domestic violence disputes.
Chris Brown will never live down his violent 2009 assault of then girlfriend Rihanna. Nearly four years after his domestic violence arrest, Brown continues to be publicly disparaged. A concert Brown was to perform in Guyana next month was canceled after domestic violence protestors objected. On Sunday, Brown made headlines after using misogynistic language to respond to comedienne Jenny Johnson insulting him. In February, country star Miranda Lambert criticized Brown for beating Rihanna.
The consistent bad press Brown has received is curious given that as Loretta Devine pointed out in April, “He wasn’t the first one to hit a woman.” Brown may have become the poster boy for domestic violence in recent years because being a young black man makes him easier to vilify. After all, multiple white celebrities have committed domestic violence but managed to leave their pasts behind.
During his short-lived marriage to Madonna in the 1980s, this Oscar winner was arrested for domestic violence. Penn’s violent outbursts haven’t stopped. He completed an anger management course this past summer after attacking a photographer.
A history of domestic abuse did not prevent this former “Two-and-a-Half Men” star from being one of the highest paid actors on television. In 2009, Sheen was arrested after his wife said he’d physically abused her and had done so before. In 1996, Sheen “pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of battery with serious bodily injury” after reportedly knocking his girlfriend unconscious. In 1991, Sheen even shot former fiancée Kelly Preston in the arm.
Both his ex-girlfriend and stepmother have accused this “Braveheart” star of domestic violence, but Gibson arguably garnered more negative press after he was caught making anti-Semitic and racist remarks. Prominent stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Jodie Father and Madeleine Stowe of ABC’s “Revenge” have defended him.
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee served jail time after pleading no contest to spousal battery of “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson in 1998. Anderson was reportedly holding their infant son when Lee attacked her.
Actress Diane Lane called police in 2004 to report that actor husband John Brolin struck her during an argument. Brolin was arrested but Lane later dropped the charges. A rep for the couple said the Brolins were “embarrassed the matter went this far.”
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