Celebs behaving badly

Celebrities you probably didn’t know were arrested

#11 Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey’s run-in with the police back in 1999 is probably one of the wildest, though harmless, celebrity arrests in history. In October of that year, the actor was arrested at around 3 a.m. at a rental home in the upscale Austin neighborhood of Tarrytown after police received a complaint of loud music. When authorities arrived outside the rental home, they saw the star naked and playing drums.

McConaughey was booked on disturbing the peace, suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. But the judge dismissed the disturbing the peace and possession misdemeanors outright and his lawyer got the resisting arrest charge dismissed in place of a violation of a sound ordinance, a $50 citation.

In his 2020 memoir, Greenlights, the Oscar-winning actor explained why he was initially charged with resisting arrest. “While I was banging away in my bliss, two Austin policemen also thought it was time to barge into my house unannounced,” he wrote. “[They] wrestle me to the ground with nightsticks, handcuff me and pin me to the floor.” When one of the officers took a blanket off McConaughey’s couch to wrap around the still-naked star, the actor recalled saying: “Ohhh no! … I’m not putting shit on! My naked ass is proof I was mindin’ my own business!”