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Celebrities in court

From the O.J. Simpson murder trial to Taylor Swift's recent groping case, here's a look at some of the more famous celebrity-involved court cases in recent history.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan's history of drug and alcohol abuse
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Lindsay Lohan's history of drug and alcohol abuse has landed her in court on a number of occasions. She's been sentenced to jail time and community service times for a variety of reasons, including driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, skipping court dates and failing to attend court-ordered weekly alcohol education classes. Here, she attends a probation revocation hearing at the at a Beverly Hills, Calif., courthouse on July 6, 2010.

Bill Cosby

By late 2015, Bill Cosby had been accused
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By late 2015, Bill Cosby had been accused by more than 50 women of rape, drug- facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. In June 2017 he appeared in court in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, after being arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2005. The case ended in a mistrial but will be retried.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, shown in a courtroom sketch, appeared
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Taylor Swift, shown in a courtroom sketch, appeared in court in August 2017 after alleging that a former radio host groped her under her skirt during a meet-and-greet before a Denver concert. The court ruled in favor of Swift and she was awarded $1, saying she hoped the trial would serve as an example for future cases.

Martha Stewart

In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted on charges
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In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements after lying about a stock sale. She served five months in federal prison and was under house arrest for the offense. Above, she is shown in December 2011, in court again during a legal battle between Macy's and J.C. Penney over whether they could both carry Martha Stewart-branded goods in their stores.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and his then-wife, Amber Heard, appeared
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Johnny Depp and his then-wife, Amber Heard, appeared in court in 2016 in Australia, where Heard was prosecuted for illegally bringing the couple's dogs into the country. They apologized and later had the charges against them dropped.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber was arrested on charges of driving
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Justin Bieber was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest in 2014 in Miami after he was stopped while drag-racing. He was released on a plea agreement that involved taking an anger management course and making a $50,000 charitable donation, in addition to paying court-ordered fines.

Aaron Hernandez

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found
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Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd in April 2015. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 2017, after being acquitted of a 2012 double homicide in Boston, Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.

Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested in June 2001
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Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested in June 2001 for alleged lewd acts and child abuse involving her three adopted and two foster children. Here, she appears in court in Santa Monica, Calif., on December 5, 2001 where Judge Bernard J. Kamins ruled that she had served her time for a no-contest plea to child abuse and infliction of injury on a child.

Winona Ryder

In 2001, Winona Ryder was observed three times
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In 2001, Winona Ryder was observed three times by security officers at stores in New York City and Beverly Hills, Calif., and videotaped twice in suspected shoplifting incidents before ultimately being arrested at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. She appeared on trial in 2002 for theft and vandalism and was sentenced to probation and 480 hours of community service and ordered to pay fines.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.'s struggles with heroin and cocaine
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Robert Downey Jr.'s struggles with heroin and cocaine addiction landed him in court, and jail, a number of times. Here, in December 1997, he listens to Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira in a Malibu, Calif., courtroom before being sentenced to six months in jail for violating parole on a prior drug conviction.

Michael Vick

NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared in a federal
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NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared in a federal court in Richmond, Va., in August 2007, where he pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge and received a 3-year prison sentence and a $2,500 fine. He was released on good behavior in June 2009.

Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony was charged with the murder of
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Casey Anthony was charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, after the girl's remains were found near the family's home in December 2008. On July 5, 2011, she was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of a child causing public outrage.

O.J. Simpson

Former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson was
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Former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her companion, Ron Goldman, in 1994. The trial lasted 11 months, from November 1994 to October 1995, when Simpson was found not guilty of murder on both counts. He was later arrested again for the robbery of a Las Vegas sports memorabilia shop in 2007, sentenced to prison in 2008 and granted parole in 2017.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson, the leader of a California cult
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Charles Manson, the leader of a California cult known as "The Family," was convicted in the 1970s in connection with eight murders, including that of Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate. He was sentenced to death but since the death penalty was abolished in California, he was resentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. He has been denied parole 12 times.

Anna Nicole Smith

In 2006, Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith was
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In 2006, Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith was involved in a court battle over the estate of her late husband, J. Howard Marshall II, with his son, E. Pierce Marshall. Smith said she was promised support through a gift from a catchall trust, but the younger Marshall was named beneficiary of the $1.6 billion estate and the will specified nothing for Smith. The case was never settled because of E. Pierce's and then Smith's untimely deaths.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Former boxer Rubin
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Former boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter spent nearly 20 years in prison after being falsely convicted of a triple murder in Paterson, N.J., in 1967. Here, he holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison during a news conference on Jan. 29, 2004.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, departs the
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Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, departs the Santa Barbara County Superior Court on March 9, 2005 in Santa Maria, Calif., where he was on trial for child molestation. Jackson was later acquitted of all charges in June 2005.

Woody Allen

Actor and director Woody Allen leaves State Supreme
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Actor and director Woody Allen leaves State Supreme Court in New York on March 26, 1993, after his former lover, actress Mia Farrow testified in her custody case with Allen. Farrow accused Allen of molesting their 7-year-old daughter.

Phil Spector

Music producer Phil Spector, charged with fatally shooting
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Music producer Phil Spector, charged with fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson, appears for a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 26, 2005. Spector stayed out of the Hollywood spotlight for years until Clarkson's death. Spector and his lawyers claimed the actress shot herself. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in state prison in 2009.

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