Earlier this year, it was reported that Chris Brown's ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, had filed a restraining order against him, just six years after Rihanna filed the same order. Domestic violence in showbiz has affected many women including Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and Halle Berry - sadly, however, it is not limited to just women.
The statistics are staggering; the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reported ten million men and women are physically abused by an intimate partner per year and according to The Guardian, around 40% of domestic violence victims are male. Campaigners for the men's rights charity group Parity said, "Male victims are almost invisible to the authorities such as the police, who rarely can be prevailed upon to take the man's side. Their plight is largely overlooked by the media, in official reports and in government policy."
Couples fight behind closed doors, but when this turns to violence, there is no excuse. Nobody should have to feel physically threatened by their partner - no matter what their gender or social status. These following beautiful female stars all (shockingly) lashed out at their partners and many of them had to face series penalties.
15 Emma Roberts Doesn't Seem To Know When To Draw The Line Between Passion And Physical Assault
In 2015, Scream Queens and American Horror Story actress Emma Roberts (the famous niece of Julia Roberts) was arrested following a violent brawl with her boyfriend, Evan Peters. Officers were called to a hotel in Montreal and Peters had such obvious physical injuries that they were left with no other choice but to take Roberts into custody. She was later released without charge and a spokesperson for Roberts told Entertainment Tonight, "It was an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding."
A close source to the couple told US Weekly, "Emma is very dramatic, she gets wound up during arguments. When they are good, they are crazy in love. Their romance is pretty extreme. They just behave in a way that's very passionate." There's 'passionate' and there's physical assault - we find it hard to believe she's can't tell between the two. According to most recent reports, the couple is back on track and an attack hasn't happened since.
14 Penelope Cruz's Husband Said She Actually Throws Plates
Penelope Cruz's husband, No Country For Old Men and Skyfall actor Javier Bardem, revealed that his wife has quite the feisty side and this actually put him off marrying her. The couple who wed in the Bahamas in 2010 and have two children together are both Spanish have quite the turbulent home life, he told GQ magazine, "(When) we are arguing, she’s throwing plates and so on. I had to wonder, 'Do I really want this?'"
Despite his terrifying character in No Country For Old Men, Bardem actually confessed that he hates violence which is why his wife's behaviour distressed him so much. He revealed, "Playing Anton (in the film) when the camera stopped rolling I would beg the Coen brothers 'please take that gun out of my face guys, please...'. Man, they would be laughing their a**es off. But it was tough." Knowing her husband's hatred for violence, it would be nice if Cruz cut him a break at home.
13 Lindsay Lohan's Ex Called It "The Worst Year Of His Life"
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has a long timeline of arrests, including cocaine possession, driving under the influence and domestic assault. She dated reality star and model Callum Best for a year in which he called "the worst year of his life" and that the star was "combustible" during their time together. When Lohan caught him in a hotel room with another woman the Mean Girls star allegedly flew out of control.
Last year, Lohan was on the receiving end of violence when a video emerged online of her Russian boyfriend grabbed and twisted her arm on a beach in Greece. In the clip that went viral, she appears to run from the car with his phone in hand and he chases her to retrieve it. She told The Mail on Sunday, "No woman can be hit and stay with that person if that person isn't prepared to say sorry. I've kept quiet for so long, but now I'm scared of what (he) might do to me and to himself." The couple has since split following the incident.
12 Carmen Electra Took The Risk And Lashed Out At A Notorious NBA Star
In 1999, Carmen Electra was arrested on battery charges at a hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. The call to the police was made shortly after 7am when screaming could be heard between the actress and her then-husband, Dennis Rodman. She was charged with battery and ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from Rodman.
Later in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Baywatch actress revealed marrying Rodman when she should have been dealing with the pain of her losing her mother to cancer was not a good idea, adding, "Right after my mom died, I flew to Las Vegas and Dennis and I got married. I guess I was trying to cling to whatever I had. I didn't want to lose anyone else. We were married for about five months. When I started going through some really hard times with Dennis, I became addicted to feeling that pain instead of dealing with my feelings about my mom and sister. But at some point, I realized I had to stop blaming him."
11 Brenda Harvey Sounded Like She Was Killing Somebody
Lionel Richie was not expecting his wife, Brenda Harvey (then Richie), to show up at the Beverly Hills apartment belonging to his lover, Diane Alexander, or he would have probably locked the doors. Brenda stormed into the bedroom where she found the pair and according to the police report, drop-kicked him in the stomach. He then called the police and reported that he had been violently assaulted by his wife.
A neighbor told People, "They were screaming and you could hear everything. Lionel was there, and it was obvious that his wife had just found him with Diane. His wife was really, really mad. Glass broke and furniture crashed around inside. It sounded like she was killing someone. It wasn’t very civilized." The following morning, Brenda was released on $5,000 bail and the Richies settled their divorce in 1993.
10 Tawney Kitean Hit Him With A Home Run Alright
1980s TV actress Tawney Kitean took a plea bargain on spousal abuse and battery charges after she attacked her husband, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chuck Finley, in 2002. The attack allegedly took place when the two were returning from dinner and when officers arrived at their home there were clear abrasions on Finley's body. Although she did not plead guilty to spousal abuse, she did agree to take the counseling program for those who had violently attacked their partners before. She was also ordered to avoid any future contact with her husband and make a $500 donation to a woman's shelter.
Tawney's ex-husband, Deep Purple frontman David Coverdale, said, "Tawny and I have had absolutely no personal contact for almost 12 years. My (present) wife and I are very saddened by this recent situation and our thoughts are with her and her family." Let's hope Tawney gets the anger management help she clearly needs.
9 Kelly Bensimon's Ex Actually Felt The Need To Run To The Nearest Police Station
Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensinom has had quite the past. In 2009, she was arrested for punching her then-boyfriend, Nick Stefanov, in the eye. According to People, her boyfriend had to run out the apartment to find the nearest police station. Many of the show's cast members have always claimed she might have a screw loose, especially after her infamous meltdown during the trip to St. Johns. She previously claimed other cast members were planning to kill her as she slept.
Kelly said about her meltdown, "People called me crazy. But what they saw was me reacting—in an honest way— to a situation that wasn’t honest. Then everyone ganged up on me. So of course I looked crazy!" With a domestic abuse charge to her name, it's clear she really isn't the best laid-back of women.
8 Amy Winehouse Was Clearly Mentally Unstable
In 2007, four years before her death, singer Amy Winehouse appeared with smeared makeup outside the $600-a-night Sanderson hotel and by her side was her husband, Blake Fielder Civil. Guests complained about the couple after they heard "loud banging" coming from a room the two shared. Blake emerged with deep, bloody scratches visible on his face and neck. Winehouse then told Perez Hilton that the reason she lashed out was because she was self harming.
In a series of texts between her and the celebrity blogger, she revealed, "Blake is the best man in the world. I was cutting myself after he found me in our room about to do drugs with a call girl and rightly said I wasn't good enough for him. I lost it and he saved my life." She added, "He did not and never has hurt me. He has such a hard time and he so supportive. He is an amazing man who saved my life again and got cut badly for his troubles."
7 Hilary Clinton Did Not Take Bill's Infidelity Well, To Say The Least...
During Inaugural Week 1993, Hilary Clinton reportedly launched a lamp at her husband Bill Clinton in a fit of anger. The attack took place in the West Wing of the The White House as the Chicago Sun-Times reported that she had a temper to match her husband's but luckily the lamp used as a weapon "wasn’t a priceless antique, or anything like that."
It was around this time the Washington Post had begun printing their first stories about Bill Clinton's wandering eye. However, a former Secret Service Agent also told the newspaper that the First Lady had thrown items at him in this case for "driving too slow." After the Monica Lewinksy scandal in 2015, a tell-all book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, claimed that "shortly after the affair went public, a White House maid discovered blood all over the president and first lady’s bed and called in a residence staffer. The blood was Bill’s; he had to get stitches to his head." We can only imagine what household items were thrown at him following that news...
6 Elin Nordegren Took Tiger On With His Favorite Golf Club
Following the Tiger Woods cheating scandal, well-respected Sports writer, Furman Bisher revealed that Elon Nordegren took revenge on her cheating husband with a nine-iron golf club. According to Bisher, Woods needed surgery following the beating he received from the raging mother of his children. The disgraced golfer had a broken cheekbone and his front teeth knocked out during the attack.
Bisher wrote on his blog, "When she struck Tiger, she put a huge gash in the right side of his face next to his nose, virtually knocking two of his upper teeth out, and breaking the bone on the upper right side." He added that his source close to the sports star's agent also revealed, "Tiger ran scared as hell out of the house with Elin swinging the golf club throughout the hallway to the garage." The couple divorced and she walked away with $100 million.
5 Angelina Jolie Seems To Think Their Fighting Was Normal "Like Any Other Couple"
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had the perfect Hollywood romance and a growing family which they adored - then they went and ruined it all by finally agreeing to the marriage. It was shortly after their French ceremony that the cracks in the relationship began to appear and Jolie allegedly became so frustrated with her husband she turned to physical confrontation.
Jolie told The Telegraph, "Brad and I have our issues. To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space." The actress has previously admitted that her love life has involved knife play and vials of blood, so it's not surprising that she might have acted a little 'passionately' with Pitt. Sadly, the marriage was not meant to be and they announced their split, after more than twelve years together, earlier this year.
4 No Wonder Janelle Evans Felt The Need To Turn Herself In
TMZ reported that Teen Mom star Janelle Evans' voluntarily handed herself in at a South Carolina police station (with MTV cameras following her along the way) less than 24 hours after a warrant was issued for her arrest. According to her fiancé Nathan Griffiths, she 'attacked and choked' him during the early hours of the morning. Her attorney told US Weekly, "I think that in her heart she thought that maybe with them breaking up that they would get back together because they have a child together. And I think she's just very hurt that he has moved on."
Then her fiancé decided to drop all the charges for the sake of their daughter. Janelle's attorney continued, "He will do everything that he can to get these charges dismissed for Jenelle. He understands that she’s hurt because they’ve broken up, and he’s dating somebody else and things escalated in a way they shouldn’t have. But he does not want her to have any kind of criminal consequence for this."
3 Kelly Brook Used Statham To Promote Her Autobiography
British glamor model Kelly Brook came under fire when she appeared to poke fun at being violent with her boyfriends in the past. During an appearance on This Morning, she revealed that she had punched her former lovers including Hollywood hardpan Jason Statham. One extract from her book read, "Jason (Statham) started to swing his hips from side to side and do a little jive with his arms. He turned round, only to be met with my fist in his face."
Twitter went into overdrive with one viewer commenting, "So Kelly Brook laughs and admits to punching ex's in the face. If a guy had admitted doing that to a women they'd be uproar!" Another tweeted, "Glad she finds domestic abuse so funny! A punch is abuse no matter what gender's doing it. Would you all be laughing your heads off if it was man giggling about how he punches his partners?" Brook later admitted she was "ashamed" of her comments and that she "sensationalized" her previous relationships to promote her autobiography.
2 Nobody But Solange Knowles Messes With Beyoncé and Jay-Z
It was the leaked footage that shocked the world - Solange Knowles, in an elevator at the Met Ball with her sister Beyoncé, and brother-in-law Jay-Z, when it all kicked off - literally. In the video, Solange can be seen lashing out, kicking at Jay-Z and attempting to scratch his eyes out; a calm Beyoncé stands by her side as their security guard desperately tries to stall the doors from opening in front of the hoards of paparazzi.
In a joint statement following the incident, the threesome announced: "As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it." Continuing, "They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
1 "We’re fighting for our love", Said Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were always in a volatile relationship together. They both spiraled into a dark place with crack cocaine addiction and reports began to emerge that Brown was beating his wife. Then Houston told the Associated Press, "Contrary to belief, I do the hitting, he doesn’t. He has never put his hands on me. We are crazy for one another. When we’re fighting, it’s like that’s love for us. We’re fighting for our love."
The damaging relationship sank to new lows as Brown was branded a "woman beater." During his 20/20 interview, he said, "I’ve never been a violent man toward a woman ever." Adding, "The last few years of our marriage it was terrible. Both of us trying to be clean, or one of us trying to be clean… it was terrible. We could have been better. We should have been better." Sadly, it was too late and Houston died aged 48-years-old by drowning caused by the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, people.com, usweekly.com