Celebrities love to project an image of perfection or calculated victimhood, but in these cases the celebrity was anything but perfect and anything but a victim. These celebrities are famous not only for their talent or image, but also for their heinous crimes.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has been addicted to drugs for almost his entire life. The Iron Man film star and Ally McBeal television star, has often said that overcoming drugs has been one of the most difficult times in his life. Addicted at the age of eight, Downey did not stand much of a chance growing up in the limelight where access to the drugs that he wanted was virtually unlimited. At the height of his addiction, he was arrested after being found in a rat-infested alley, too high to walk or talk. He would also later escape rehab and get arrested for his escape. Thankfully, Downey Jr. is now clean.
That doesn’t seem to have affected his earning potential, however. Downey Jr. currently has a net worth of $170 million dollars and is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Downey made part of his fortune from co-founding Downey Ventures in order to invest in various digital media start-ups as well as different consumer entertainment companies. He also made $15 million for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), $50 million for The Avengers (2012) and $50 million for Iron Man 3 (2013).