Celebrities With Problematic Children Who Got Into Trouble


p2Most celebrity children have been born into privilege but having famous parents isn’t as easy as it might seem, and can take a toll on many of these children. Despite being born into wealth and privilege, that doesn’t mean that these kids are perfect. Just like everyone else, they’ve run into trouble along the way and have consequently struggled with numerous issues.

Hugh Hefner’s Son Marston Hefner

p3Growing up as Hugh Hefner’s son couldn’t have been easy. Marston Hefner had to grow up seeing scantily clad people everywhere, occasionally as a kid, but Hugh Hefner claimed that he was a very hands-on father. When Marston was 21, he was charged for domestic reasons, to which he pled guilty.

p4He was ordered to stay away from her and sentenced to a 52-week domestic program. When he was 26, Marston was arrested and sent to jail for driving under the influence after failing some sobriety tests.


Nicholas Cage’s Son Weston

Nicolas Cage’s wild-child son, Weston Cage has been arrested several times for driving under the influence and for domestic issues. He crashed his car into a tree during a police chase, for which he risked facing up to a year in prison. He was later admitted to a hospital under mental evaluation.

He, along with his wife at the time Nikki Williams, was also arrested for domestic issues after three months of being married. Arguments that turned aggressive led to his two domestic charges.

Jon Bon Jovi’s Daughter Stephanie

Stephanie Rose Bon Jovi, the daughter of rock legend Jon Bon Jovi, was once charged with the possession of illicit substances in her undergrad years. In 2012, Stephanie was found unconscious after using. Her companion Ian S. Grant called the police around 1:51 AM.

The police officers rushed to her dorm room in Hamilton College, New York. They discovered substances on the spot. Ian and Stephanie both were arrested on the charge of substance possession, but they were exempted later under The Good Samaritan Law.

Jackie Chan’s Son Jaycee

Jaycee Chan, the son of Jackie Chan, was jailed for six months and fined 2,000 yuan for a substance offense – possession and sheltering others with the intent to use illicit substances.

His father, who was named the “[Substance] Control Ambassador” in 2009, said that he was “ashamed and sad” about his son’s conviction for such an offense. Jaycee Chan has said that he found prison “harsh” but was sorry for letting down supporters and wants to start afresh on his release.

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s Daughter Tallulah

Tallulah Willis has struggled with substance usage and an eating disorder for years. The latter almost led to her passing as a teenager, but she continued to harm her body for years afterward. The actress became estranged from her mother, who was wracked with guilt, but finally went to rehab because of an intervention by her sisters.

Tallulah is now sober and openly shares her struggles to raise awareness and help others. She has been spending a lot of time with her father who recently gave her a buzzcut!

Run Simmons’ Son JoJo

The popular rapper JoJo Simmons, son of Run Simmons, got himself into trouble back in 2009 when he was only 19. He was spotted by police while buying substances from a dealer, and instead of surrendering, he tried to flee and ended up backing into a police cruiser.

Later, he was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, preventing arrest, and possession of illicit substances. However, his dad released him without bail the day following his arrest.

Billy Ray Cyrus’s Daughter Miley Cyrus

Famous singer Miley Cyrus has been embroiled in one scandal after another since she was a teenager. From having her personal photos leaked when she was 15, to a provocative Vanity Fair shoot in the same year, the scandals started way back in 2008.

Miley also allegedly cyber-bullied fellow Disney stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, pole danced at the Teens Choice Awards and talked about taking illicit substances on The Tonight Show. She has received much backlash from those who saw her as a role model for children.

Malcolm X’s Daughter Qubilah Shabazz

A tragically sad truth, but Qubilah Shabazz at the age of five became witness to the sight of her dad Malcolm X’s assassination in 1965. Shabazz herself always alleged the American minister Louis Farrakhan to be responsible for her father’s passing.

Her obsession with obtaining justice came to a head when in 1995, Shabazz had to face the lawsuit on the accusation of being involved in a plot against Farrakhan. The most surprising part is, she was defended by the minister’s lawyer and was exempted from the charges.

Ozzy Osbourne’s Daughter Kelly Osbourne

As the daughter of wild party rocker Ozzy Osbourne, it is no surprise that his daughter would follow in his footsteps. Kelly Osbourne has been outspoken about her bouts with substances. After her first experience when she was 13, Kelly Osbourne struggled with substances for six years, resulting in four visits to rehab.

In the wake of Demi Lovato’s struggles, Kelly again spoke up, explaining that rehab doesn’t fix anyone but that she could manage to become sober only because she wanted to.

Michael Jackson’s Daughter Paris

Pop legend Michael Jackson doesn’t really need an introduction. His death in 2009 hit Paris-Michael Catherine Jackson, Michael’s only daughter, very hard, and she took on unhealthy measures like self-harm and substance consumption to cope with it.

As of now, she is said to be on the verge of full recovery. However, in October, 2019, she managed to make a record in LA Police logs when she was found speeding over 95 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour road around 1:00 AM.

Nick Nolte’s Son Brawley Nolte

Acclaimed actor Nick Nolte’s son Brawley Nolte is a talented actor in his own right. He made his way into the list of problematic celeb children mostly because he got into some serious trouble on October 6, 2009. While driving towards the north on Pacific Coast Highway, he changed lanes and hit a vehicle.

Afterward, Santa Monica Police came to the spot, took a sobriety test of Brawley Nolte, and arrested him. He later had to pay $5000 for this but then got freed on bail.

Michael Jordan’s Son Marcus

Marcus Jordan first came into the limelight for spending $50,000 at a nightclub (that he didn’t earn) in Las Vegas while underage, alerting the Nevada Gaming Control Board and prompting an investigation. He was also arrested because of disorderly conduct in 2012.

Besides that, when Marcus refused to wear Adidas gear and instead wore Nike shoes because his father had a partnership with them, The University of Central Florida suffered because Adidas dropped the school, taking away $3 million in sponsorship money. Whether he should be blamed for that or not is debatable, though.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s Son Chet Hanks

Tom Hanks’ eldest son Chet has been the subject of several small controversies. One was for being on the wrong side of a cultural appropriation debate after using a Caribbean accent, and the other for his serious substance problem, which has resulted in several stints in rehab.

He was also in the limelight for claiming that he could use a racial slur because of hip-hop culture, but he has since apologized for that.

Michael Douglas’s Son Cameron

Cameron Douglas was sentenced to seven years in prison because of his substance struggles, having been arrested for possession. His “from privilege to prison” story is full of terrible details that brought a lot of pain and destruction to himself and his family.

Cycles of crime and punishment have dominated much of his life. As a child, he felt estranged from his divorced parents, especially his famous father, who he felt like he had to share with the world. Later, however, he went on to write a healing memoir about it.

Joe Montana’s Son Nate

Nate Montana, like his father, played football by joining Notre Dame as a walk-on. He transferred to Pasadena City College, then the University of Montana, and, lastly, West Virginia Wesleyan. In 2010, Nate Montana, along with 10 other athletes, was arrested for alleged underage drinking.

A year later in 2011, things got worse when he was arrested for driving under the influence. The charge was later dropped, but he was made to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation.

Lionel Richie’s Daughter Nicole

Lionel Richie adopted daughter Nicole Richie after finding her unsupervised playing the tambourine on stage while her parents argued. Nicole Richie was arrested for a nightclub brawl in 2002, for possession of illicit substances in 2003, and for failing a sobriety test while driving under the influence in 2006.

After a string of such arrests, she had to enroll in an anti-drink driver education program. Today, however, she appears to be on the straight and narrow and has become quite the fashion icon with collections of her own.

David Hasselhoff’s Daughter Hayley Hasselhoff

Famed actor David Hasselhoff has a Guinness world record of being “The Most Watched Man on TV.” His daughter Hayley Hasselhoff is also a talented model and actress herself. However, she also engendered her life once. On May 15, 2017, she was found asleep behind the wheels of her Mercedes Benz with her foot on the brake.

The car was found stopped in an off-ramp. The California Road Patrol reached her and woke her up. She failed her sobriety test and then spent a few moments behind bars before being released on bail.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Son Indio Downey

Robert Downey Jr. is notorious for his run-ins with the law and his son is no different. The actor’s 20-year-old son was arrested for possession of substances, as well as of related paraphernalia, in 2014. A statement was later released by his father.

It also said that the family was going to rally behind the son to help him recover from his problems. Robert Downey Jr. has since helped his son Indio Downey successfully defeat his demons and Indio has fully recovered and stayed clean since his arrest.

Whitney Houston’s Daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub in 2015. After six months in a coma, she passed away. The exact cause could not be determined, but an autopsy revealed a variety of substances in her body.

Her family blamed ex-partner Nick Gordon at the time. He was later found guilty in a lawsuit and had to pay $36 million. Of course, Bobbi’s mother Whitney also got into a lot of trouble before her untimely passing.

Marlon Brando’s Son Christian

Christian Brando has had a tougher life than most of the celebrity children on this list, after being charged with kidnapping, spousal abuse, and even manslaughter. He was accused of being responsible for the passing of Dag Drollett, his sister’s boyfriend, over the alleged domestic issues toward his sister.

He spent five years in prison, during which his sister passed away under tragic circumstances. Ironically and tragically, his ex-wife later sued him for domestic issues.

Kris Jenner’s Daughter Khloe

Let’s talk about the most popular clan in America. Yes, we’re talking about the Kardashian family that is widely known for their very own TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In 2008, the world saw Khloe, the third daughter of Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner, being arrested for DUI.

The weirdest part is that the whole situation was broadcast live on their show. At the time, Khloe was sentenced to 1-month imprisonment along with enrollment to a drinking solution program. However, she was granted bail within hours.

Cindy Crawford’s Son Presley Gerber

Celebrity children might be born into privilege, but constantly being in the spotlight can take its toll. Take Presley Gerber, for instance – born into but trying to break out of the Crawford-Gerber bubble. In 2018, he was arrested while driving under the influence and was sentenced to three years probation.

Two years later, 21-year-old Presley, who has been modeling since 16, was unfairly criticized for getting the word “Misunderstood” tattooed on his face. His parents are now worried that Presley is acting out because he is unhappy.

Johnny Cash’s Son John Carter Cash

John Carter Cash’s parents were lifelong substance users, which has majorly impacted him. Eventually but unsurprisingly, he also had similar struggles. He had a constant fear that his parents would separate and that the family couldn’t manage their financial woes.

He also worried about his father’s many near-death experiences and rehab stints due to substance usage which may have contributed to his own problems. There is actually a happy ending though as he is now in a happy marriage and committed to sobriety.

Martin Sheen’s Son Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen’s long battles with substance usage, which led to his termination from the show Two and a Half Men, has been on display for the public to see. He didn’t behave professionally at work, many claimed. Charlie Sheen has been sober for more than a year now, though.

Other than substance usage and relationship troubles, Charlie Sheen has also been charged for domestic issues involving  Brittany Ashland and Brooke Mueller. He has also had a number of health issues over the last decade.

Dina Lohan’s Daughter Lindsay Lohan

The multitalented Lindsay Lohan has been on headlines for both praise and notoriety. It may be hard to believe, but the beautiful Cady from Mean Girls ended up involving herself in quite a few controversial activities, like excessive drinking, DUI, substance possession, and more.

She first got into legal trouble back in 2007 for the charges of DUI. Then, she was again detained for substance possession. The actress had to spend around an hour and a half in jail before getting bail.

Keith Richards’s Daughter Theodora

Being the daughter of rock royalty isn’t easy, especially since everyone gets to know about your darkest issues and serious law encounters. There’s only one charge of substance possession against Theodora Richards when she was caught drawing graffiti on a Manhattan convent.

Police found some illicit substances on her. With several stints in rehab, she was also admitted into a hospital for 30 days. Truth be told, Theodora’s behavior shouldn’t be too surprising since she came from one of the most dysfunctional performers in rock and roll history.

Farrah Fawcett’s Son Redmond

Redmond O’Neal didn’t have a great childhood. He grew up in a conflicted household and turned to substance usage. According to the star, his entire life has been traumatic, because of his parents’ turbulent relationship and their substance usage.

Redmond has tried to get clean several times through a massive 13 rehab stints, and has several run-ins with the law for possession, robbing a convenience store. He is now being treated at a mental hospital before he stands trial.

Ice-T’s Son Tracy Marrow Jr.

Money can get you a lot of things but not manners. This may sound harsh, but you’ll get what we mean once you read about Tracy Marrow Jr.’s rough encounter with the law. In October 2012, Tracy was charged with a $10,000 warrant for violating the speed limit.

When asked, he totally refused to pay the compensation, which compelled the police officer to arrest him. Then, when dad Ice-T settled the charge, Tracy burst out in anger on his Twitter account and called out the duty officers in the meanest possible way.

Ryan O’Neal’s Daughter Tatum

If you always keep up with the celebrity buzz around, you might already know that Ryan O’Neal and his daughter Tatum O’Neal don’t share an amiable father/daughter relationship. Why so? Well, the actress and author Tatum claimed to have struggled emotionally with her dad in her memoir A Paper Life.

In the biography, she even accused her dad of several counts of domestic issues and blamed substance usage as the cause. Soon after the publication of this sensational memoir in 2004, Tatum and Ryan parted their ways and are yet to reconcile.


Caitlyn Jenner’s Son Brody

It is no secret that drama and feuds run in the Kardashian-Jenner family. Brody Jenner, son of Caitlyn Jenner, has had his fair share of drama too. A lot of it involves his dad, though. Brody made headlines for his controversial wedding to Kaitlynn Cartner.

Fans could guess the father-son duo didn’t get along well when Caitlyn didn’t attend Brody’s wedding ceremony. However, fans couldn’t take it lightly when Brody decided to badmouth the entire Kardashian Clan. It’s pretty obvious that Brody isn’t the child Caitlyn takes the most pride in.

Rod Stewart’s Son Sean Stewart

Songwriter and singer Rod Stewart’s son, Sean Stewart is walking in his father’s footsteps in terms of career and passion. What Sean lacks, though, is the control over his anger and agitated behavior. On December 31, 2019, Sean was denied entry to The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, since a private event for children was taking place.

A security guard, Jessie Dixon, was attacked by Sean as he touched his shoulder and asked him to back off. The investigators confirmed that Sean was the primary aggressor of this incident.

Harrison Ford’s Son Malcolm

Famous for his portrayal of Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford has a son who had a troubled life. This was before Malcolm Ford came around and became a vocalist for his band Dough Rollers. Malcolm was still a teenager when his parents Melissa Mathison and Harrison Ford separated.

He took it very hard and sunk into the darkness of substances until he was busted and admitted to a rehab facility. Afterward, he managed to turn his life around with his passion for music.

Laurence Fishburne’s Daughter Montana

Too much money can take over people’s lives in a damaging way; an evident example is Montana Fishburne, the daughter of Laurence Fishburne. After retiring from the adult film industry, she turned to a reckless lifestyle and soon developed a drinking problem.

Encountering law-enforcement on charges is not new for Montana. However, one incident stands as the most embarrassing and scandalous for her. In 2017, she was found driving under the influence. She once engaged in inappropriate behavior on the roadside while interacting with the duty officer.

Will Smith’s Son Jaden

It is not surprising that some celeb kids simply walk on different paths from their parents to make their own identity. Yet, Will Smith’s son Jaden will leave your eyebrows furrowed in confusion. This self-taught rapper made headlines when he resorted to wearing women’s clothing.

It wasn’t even occasionally; he has been spotted wearing skirts as his go-to outfit. Luckily, this artist has his father’s full support and consent for his quirky fashion choices and eccentric lifestyle.

Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter Chelsea O’Donnell

Chelsea O’Donnell has reportedly thrown the family dirty laundry on the media not once or twice but every time she gets a chance. In an interview, she claimed that her mother Rosie O’Donnell regularly takes substances and treats them carelessly.

<> at The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater on May 17, 2015 in New York City.

She also added that, at 17, she got kicked out of the house by her mother! On the flip side, Rosie claimed that her daughter had gone missing and that she had informed the police to find her. Who knows who’s telling the truth?

Ryan O’Neal’s Son Griffin

The 55-year-old actor Griffin O’Neal was spotted badmouthing his real-life father Ryan O’Neal outside the funeral of his stepmother Farrah Fawcett. In 2009, Charlie’s Angels’ famous face Farrah Fawcett passed away after battling with cancer for a long, painful time.

Griffin attended her funeral with his spouse and son driving almost 300 miles to get there, but was unexpectedly barred from entering by the police on duty there. It turned out, his dad Ryan was responsible for this. The grief of this incident led him to disparage his dad before the whole world.

Tommy Hilfiger’s Son Richard Hilfiger

Richard Hilfiger AKA Ricky Hill is a 30-year-old hip-hop artist and the son of the famed fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. Unexpectedly, Ricky once got himself arrested after getting into a brawl. In October 2015, Hill was denied entry to a fancy nightclub in Fontainebleau of Miami beach.

The security personnel objected to the outfit of Ricky and his friend. Soon, there was screaming and pushing back, which ended in Ricky attacking the security guard. Thus, the anger got the best of him, and he was arrested.

Kathy and Richard Hilton’s Daughter Paris

Another Hilton kid, media personality Paris Hilton always makes sure to be in the news headlines, whether it is for something good or bad. The Hilton heiress has had several encounters with law enforcement on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an invalid license, possession of illicit substances, and probation violation.

She was sentenced to one year of probation, along with community service as well as a fine, after having spent 23 days in jail.