Childhood stars face the consequences



Child stars Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, and Shia LaBeouf have had run-ins with the law. Photos by Lionel Hahn/TNS

Child stars Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, and Shia LaBeouf have had run-ins with the law. Photos by Lionel Hahn/TNS

Erin Antosiek ’16


Celebrities feel entitled to do whatever they want. Why? Because they are rich and famous or maybe some of their bad behaviors are caused by being in the heat of the moment, stress, family issues, or the use of drugs and alcohol.

The media plays a major role in a celebrity’s life, holding the capability to ruin a star’s reputation. Here are a few child stars who derailed as they grew up.

Shia LaBeouf: After a few erratic episodes (like walking around with a paper bag over his head at a movie premiere), the 28-year-old actor, a former star of Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens,” was arrested in June 2014 and charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing after disrupting a performance of “Cabaret” on Broadway. According to reports, LaBeouf was slapping performers on their bottoms, smoking marijuana in the theater, unable to sit in his chair, and shouting at police who escorted him out of the theater. Before the show, LaBeouf chased after a homeless man, demanding he hand over a McDonald’s bag in Times Square.

Amanda Bynes: The actress and singer rose to fame in her early teens on Nickelodeon, when she starred in “The Amanda Show” from 1999 to 2003, and since then she has played roles in several movies. In 2012, Bynes was charged with a DUI arrest and two hit-and-run incidents. The actress received three years’ probation after pleading to driving with a suspended license. Later that month, she was arrested after police said she threw a bong out the window from her Manhattan apartment. She was again imprisoned on July 22, 2013, after supposedly starting a small fire in the driveway of a stranger’s house in Thousand Oaks, California. The incidents led to her being put under an involuntary psychiatric hold and her parents winning a temporary conservatorship over her affairs. In the fall, she was moved from UCLA Medical Center to a private treatment facility outside Los Angeles for “specialized treatment.” She was released into the custody of her parents in early December to continue her recovery at home. Bynes had been doing well since her hospitalization, but in September 2014, she was arrested for DUI again in Sherman Oaks, California, after stopping for a red light in the middle of an intersection. She was accused of being under the influence of an unknown drug.

Lindsay Lohan: An actress, pop singer and model, she is most famous for starring in “The Parent Trap,” “Freaky Friday,” “Mean Girls,” and “Herbie: Fully Loaded.” Lohan was charged, imprisoned for one day and had to do 10 days of community service in 2007 for the use of cocaine and driving under the influence. She was instructed to complete an alcohol education program, and also was given three years’ probation. On September 24, 2007, Lohan failed a drug test, in result she spent part of the day in jail before being released on bail. A few days later she entered a drug and alcohol treatment center, where she remained for three months under court order. Lohan has also been charged with felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace stolen from a jewelry shop on February 9, 2011, but was found not guilty. Lohan spent 35 days under house arrest, wearing an ankle monitor, between May 26 and June 29, because of the violation of her probation. While under house arrest, Lohan failed a random alcohol test on June 13. On June 23, a judge decided it did not constitute a probation violation and Lohan would receive no additional punishment.

Macaulay Culkin: An actor, most famous for his role in “Home Alone,” Culkin was arrested on September 17, 2004, for the possession of marijuana and two controlled substances, Alprazolam and Clonazepam, but was released on a $4,000 bond. Culkin was prosecuted in court for drug offenses to which he pleaded not guilty at the trial, and then later changed the plea to guilty. Culkin received three one-year suspended prison terms, forced enrollment into a probationary drug treatment program and a $540 fine.

Most celebrities have more money than they know what to do with. Despite the money and fame, they do pay the consequence for bad behavior.