LAS VEGAS --Tourists have flocked to Las Vegas for decades to catch glimpses of celebrities they have little or no chance of seeing back home. Sometimes, though, the personalities who come to town deliver unscheduled performances that aren't exactly fit for prime time. Instead, the attention they attract comes from police.
One such performance from yesteryear was delivered by inebriated comedian Shecky Greene, who mistakenly drove his car into a Caesars Palace fountain decades before anyone heard of the movie "The Hangover." Then there was the time in 1968 when the late Jim Morrison, legendary singer of the rock group the Doors, was arrested for vagrancy outside the Pussycat A Go Go nightclub on the Strip, but not before getting whacked over the head by a bouncer armed with a billy club.
Here are eight of the most recent celebrity arrests in Las Vegas, starting with the most infamous of those encounters.
1. O.J. Simpson -- The Heisman Trophy-winning running back from the University of Southern California, who went on to play pro football and dabble in Hollywood, was acquitted in one of the nation's most highly publicized trials of charges that he murdered his ex-wife. But his luck ran out in September 2007 when Simpson was arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping at Palace Station in a case involving sports memorabilia that he said belonged to him. The following year he was convicted at trial and sentenced to nine to 33 years in state prison. He now resides at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
2. Adam "Pacman" Jones -- Now a cornerback with the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals, Jones was forced to sit out the 2007 season after he was implicated in a melee that February at the Minxx gentlemen's nightclub. The fight began after strippers grabbed wads of cash that Jones threw onto the stage. Another individual reportedly shot three people outside the club, including bar employee Tom Urbanski, who was left paralyzed from the waist down. Jones avoided jail by pleading no contest to a gross misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct but was ordered to do 200 hours of community service. A jury in June also ordered Jones to pay more than $11 million in damages to Urbanski and another victim of the shooting.
3. Paris Hilton -- The wealthy socialite and hotel heiress was arrested with her boyfriend outside the Wynn resort in August 2010 for cocaine possession. She initially denied a Metro Police report that she was spotted with a bag of cocaine falling out of her handbag. Hilton eventually confessed and accepted a guilty plea to misdemeanor drug possession and obstruction charges. In return she was placed on one year of probation.
4. Bruno Mars -- The Grammy Award-winning singer, born Peter Gene Hernandez, was arrested in September 2010 for cocaine possession after performing at the Hard Rock resort. After pleading guilty to the felony charge in February 2011, he was placed on probation, fined $2,000, and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. The charge was then removed from his record by court order in January after he had stayed out of trouble for nearly a year.
5. Vince Neil -- The lead vocalist of the rock group Motley Crue has had numerous run-ins with the law. Most recently he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a $1,000 fine in connection with a confrontation he had in March 2011 at the Las Vegas Hilton with ex-girlfriend and former KSNV-TV entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs. He also spent 10 days in the Clark County Detention Center last year for a 2010 arrest on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
6. Marion "Suge" Knight Jr. -- The former UNLV football player and co-founder of Death Row Records was a major force in the rap music scene before declaring bankruptcy. His life has also been surrounded with violence. Most notably, it was in his car where rapper Tupac Shakur suffered fatal wounds in a 1996 drive-by shooting near the Strip. But Knight, who has done prison time, beat the most serious charge in his latest arrest. That was for alleged marijuana possession during a Las Vegas traffic stop in February. Knight pleaded no contest to driving without a license and paid a $425 fine. But he was cleared of the marijuana charge in June after the Clark County District Attorney's office disclosed it had insufficient evidence.
7. Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- The undefeated boxing champion, winner of titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight divisions, couldn't beat a domestic violence charge. He was accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend and threatening two of their children at her home in September 2010, an incident for which he pleaded guilty last year. It wasn't until June that he was ordered to report to the Clark County Detention Center, where he served two months before his release in August.
8. Flavor Flav -- Otherwise known as William Jonathan Drayton Jr., the former member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy was arrested in October after he was accused by his fiancee of assaulting her and threatening her teenage son with two knives. As reported by the Associated Press, his attorney later said Flavor Flav intends to fight the charges and seek reconciliation with his fiancee. A hearing on the evidence is scheduled for Nov. 20.
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