Michael Phelps is in the hot seat after photos of him smoking marijuana out of a bong surfaced over the offseason, but he isn’t the first famous face to have the opportunity to use ‘bad’ to boost his career. Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, and Keifer Sutherland are all household names who’ve used less-than-legal extracurricular activities to propel them into superstardom--or just prolong their 15 minutes of fame.
Cheer up, Michael Phelps! At least you won’t get jail time like Paris Hilton, who parlayed her time in the clink into talk show appearances. Not long afterward, Hilton’s continued her dominance of the pop culture market with reality shows in two different countries and a number of international fashion lines.
Read on for more celebrities who’ve used their bad behavior as a jumping-off point for their career.
Don't Worry, Michael Phelps!
Celebrities Behaving Badly
Paris Hilton Going To Jail?
Criminal Records Increase Celeb Status
Mischa Barton's DUI Ups Her Value
Jailbirds as Cover Models
Keifer Sutherland in ‘Men's Vogue'
Controversial PR Stunts
Naughty Celeb Videos That Boosted Careers
10 Celebrity Mugshots (Including Heather Locklear)
Marion Jones on Oprah, Out of Jail
Dancing Inmates, Luxury Prisons and Paris Hilton Jail Couture
Upside Down Bikinis
Aya Hirano's Fashion Blunder Boosts Career
Love or PR Stunt?
Lindsay Lohan's Lesbian Marriage
Vanessa Hudgens' Dirty Photos Don't Stop Disney
Will This Launch Her Career?