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12 Things From Celebrities’ Pasts They’ve Tried to Keep Buried


Thanks to the internet, the past never dies. Crimes that happened 20, 30 years ago that were swept under a rug are now being uncovered by internet sleuths who spend way too much time on Wikipedia. Although people expect celebs to have a D.U.I. or a drug charge in their record, most would be pretty shocked to learn their fave has been charged with attempted murder or a hit-and-run. And surprisingly, it happens more than you think. Below, some huge stars who have major crimes in their past.

1. Will Smith was arrested in connection to an assault that left a man blind in one eye.

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Even during his rap days, Will Smith was never someone who had run-ins with the law. After all, he's so squeaky clean he doesn't even curse in his records. However, shockingly, he has one arrest in his history that he's desperately tried to keep under wraps. In 1989, the then-20-year-old rapper/actor was arrested on assault charges after an argument left a man severely injured. Allegedly, Will asked his bodyguard to "attack" record promoter William Hendricks. The assault left William with fractures around his eyes, causing him to lose his sight in one eye. 

"Will had to spend a night in the cell at the West Philadelphia police station with other inmates waking him up all night long and asking for his autograph," the National Enquirer reported at the time. "It was the worst night of his life. He wants to forget it ever happened." The charges were later dropped, and the story was mysteriously never brought up again.