21 Celebrities Accused of Domestic Violence

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Celebrity domestic violence occurs even in the most seemingly-stable relationships.

Hollywood violence knows no gender, age, or reason, and some of these allegations are gonna curl your toes.

Who dragged his partner with a car? Who beat someone's face in so badly she needed to be hospitalized? Whose own mother and sister accused this superstar, award-winning actor of physical abuse?

Things are about to get real deep and dark in here, so we hope you have a flashlight, a blanket, and a box of tissues, because ugh

Also, hey, can someone remind these asshats that violence is never the answer?

That could be pretty helpful, all things considered. 

1. Chris Brown

Chris Brown
Chris Brown was arrested and placed on probation for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, who had to be hospitalized -- her injuries were that bad.

2. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp
Depp's wife, Amber Heard, filed a restraining order -- and then divorce papers! -- on the grounds that he abused her throughout their marriage. Among other things, Heard alleged that Depp smashed an iPhone into her face, resulting in bruising.

3. Columbus Short

Columbus Short of 'Scandal' fame reportedly attacked his wife, and then threatened to kill her. And himself. And WTF is wrong with him?

4. Joe Budden

Joe Budden
Rapper Joe Budden was arrested after reportedly choking his former (pregnant!) girlfriend, as well as intentionally sitting on her stomach. She miscarried shortly after the reported attack. The best part of Budden ran down...never mind.

5. Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown was long rumored to have physically -- as well as mentally -- abused the late Whitney Houston.

6. Sean Penn

Penn reportedly -- and repeatedly -- was accused of assaulting ex-wife, Madonna. In 2015, Madonna came clean about the abuse, saying that Penn "never struck" her.

7. Nicolas Cage

Cage was arrested in 2011 under suspicion of domestic violence, but the charges were later dropped.

8. Mike Tyson

Ex-wife Robin Givens claimed that she suffered physical abuse at the hands of former husband, Mike Tyson.

9. Alec Baldwin

Baldwin's ex-wife, Kim Basinger, accused the actor of terroristic threats, claiming that he threatened to kill her with a baseball bat.

10. Charlie Sheen

Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, had Charlie arrested for battery after an incident where he choked her.

11. Mel Gibson

Gibson, arrested in 2011, plead "no contest" after being accused of spousal battery of ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

12. Ray Rice

In 2014, footballer Ray Rice was caught on surveillance camera knocking out his fiancée and dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. Sickening.

13. Michael Fassbender

Oscar-nominated Fassbender's ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against the actor after an argument over an ex-boyfriend, which resulted in being dragged alongside their vehicle. Michael's girlfriend claimed that she suffered knee and ankle injuries, as well as a burst ovarian cyst as a result of the attack.

14. Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee
Lee was sentenced to serve 6 months' jail time after brutalizing then-wife, Pamela Anderson.

15. Wesley Snipes

Snipes allegedly beat ex-wife Halle Berry so badly that she lost the majority of her hearing as a result.

16. Josh Brolin

Brolin was arrested in 2004 for hitting his ex-wife, Diane Lane.

17. Christian Bale

In 2008, the "Batman" star was arrested for allegedly assaulting both his mother and sister in a hotel room. Bale denied the charges, and none were levied against him.

18. Michael Lohan

In 2015, Lindsay Lohan's father turned himself in after his wife, Kate Major, alleged that he'd abused her two months prior to turning himself in.

19. Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts
In 2013, Emma Roberts was arrested in Canada after an altercation with boyfriend Evan Peters. Law enforcement claimed that when they arrived at the scene, Peters had a bite mark and a bloodied nose.

20. Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon
The ex-boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina was arrested in 2017 for allegedly beating his new girlfriend.

21. Darius McCrary

Darius McCrary
The former Family Matters star was arrested in 2017 and charged with beating his girlfriend at the time.

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