From Ronnie Wood to Chris Brown, Willis Earl Beal and more - the most shocking musicians' arrest of all time
Grace Carroll
11:44 8th May 2013

As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis was arrested recently after apparently trying to orchestrate a weird murder-for-hire plot in order to kill his estranged wife. Luckily, he tried to hire an undercover detective, and so the police found out about it in time - and arrested him.

Considering that As I Lay Dying are a Christian band, fans were pretty shocked. But this isn't the first time that a music star arrest has been more than a little surprising. While a certain amount of rock 'n' roll behaviour is to be expected, sometimes musicians can take it too far - or the charge can be surprisingly serious.

It takes all sorts, too. Arrests range from American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert in Helsinki, to blues star Willis Earl Beal, to the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood. And of course, we can never forget Chris Brown.

Check out the 10 most shocking music star arrests right here.

  • Tim Lambesis: The As I Lay Dying vocalist was arrested recently on suspicion of trying to orchestrate a bizarre murder-for-hire plot involving his estranged wife. Lambesis had apparently tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his wife Meggan, and was arrested "without incident" in San Diego on 7 May.

  • Gucci Mane: The rapper turned himself in at Georgia's Fulton County Jail on 27 March, and was arrested for assaulting a soldier with a champagne bottle in at Atlanta nightclub. Police had issued an arrest warrant for him earlier on charges of aggravated assault.

  • Beth Ditto: The Gossip frontwoman was arrested in March 2013 in Portland, and charged with disorderly conduct before being fined $435 (£286). She had apparently been denied service in the Bungalo Bar for being too drunk at which point eyewitnesses said she left the bar, "walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed 'Obama! Obama!'" Ditto was arrested shortly after.

  • Ian Watkins: Lostprophets fans were shocked when the frontman was arrested over a conspiracy to rape a one year old girl. Watkins was charged with two incidents of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children and four offences relating to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children. According to The Mirror, he was also accused of possessing "extreme" pornography involving animals.

  • Adam Lambert: The American Idol runner-up was arrested in Helsinki, following a public screaming match with his then-boyfriend Sauli in 2011. The fight apparently started in a back room of the bar but the pair were kicked out and continued their fight outside. Lambert tweeted after the incident, "Jetlag Vodka=blackout. Us blackout=irrational confusion. jail guilt press=lesson learned."

  • Ronnie Wood: The Rolling Stones guitarist was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of assault towards his then girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. Wood was arrested in Surrey when police were called to the scene, after he reportedly 'choked' Ivanova and dragged her along the ground in a headlock. Wood was later released on bail.

  • Chris Brown: The R&B singer was arrested in 2009 and being charged with felony domestic violence, following his now infamous assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. Rihanna suffered visible facial bruising following the assault and Brown turned himself in at the LAPD's Wiltshire station around 6.30pm.

  • Todd Harrell: The 3 Doors Down bassist was arrested last month (April 2013) and charged with vehicular homicide after a crash in Nashville. Harrell's car struck a Ford pick-up truck, which flung the driver out of the vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital and Harrell failed sobriety tests - and officers later found a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills as he was being booked into jail. Harrell was charged with charged with vehicular homicide and bringing controlled substances into jail.

  • Rebecca McBrain: The wife of former Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, Rebecca McBrain, was arrested on domestic battery charges in February after apparently attacking two people with a decorative lance. She also reportedly hit 'victims with logs that had been sitting in a firepit behind her home.' Nicko himself was arrested ten years earlier after deliberately hitting a parking attendant with his car.

  • Willis Earl Beal: The blues singer was arrested in the Netherlands after apparently kicking a homeless man in the face at one of his concerts. After the incident, Beal cut his set short, saying, "Because of a few bad apples, we all miss out on one more glorious, fantastic, lovely performance. I love you, and I even love the guy whose face I kicked in. I love him, too. He's a good guy! He's just drunk, a little." Beal was later released without charge.


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