As they’ve often caused media frenzies and sometimes even tarnished their family names, it seems that some of these celebrity children might have cracked under the pressure of wealth and privilege. Some have apparently inherited family vices such as drug misuse, some have got violent, while yet others have showed off more flesh than their parents would have liked. All of these 20 children of the rich and famous have something in common, however: they’ve all made headlines for the wrong reasons.
20. Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks
Chet, the son of Tom Hanks, has struggled with drug addiction – specifically, to cocaine. Fortunately, though, he finally entered a rehab facility in 2015, although that wake-up call came after he was involved in a car accident and, as a result, was sued for causing injury.
19. Indio Downey, son of Robert Downey Jr.
Proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Indio Downey was charged with a felony count of drug possession in 2014. Sensibly, though, his father Robert Downey Jr. – himself no stranger to substance abuse – sent him to rehab. And luckily for Indio, the charge was finally dropped after he completed the almost two-year-long treatment program.
18. Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan
Jaycee Chan, the son of beloved martial arts movie star Jackie, did six months in prison in 2014 after being caught in possession of drugs. Chan junior was found with an illegal substance in a Beijing foot massage parlor during a police raid. And to make things even worse, cops also found more than three and a half ounces of marijuana at his home. However, Jaycee made a public apology following his release in early 2015.
17. Stephanie Rose Bon Jovi, daughter of Jon Bon Jovi
Stephanie Rose Bon Jovi was arrested in uptown New York for heroin possession in 2012 – and that came after she was admitted to hospital during an overdose. Fortunately, though, no lasting damage was done, and the charges against her were subsequently dropped. Speaking to British newspaper the Daily Mirror in 2013, meanwhile, her father Jon described the moment his daughter rang him to break the awful news as his “worst moment as a father.”
16. Redmond O’Neal, son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal
Redmond O’Neal was arrested for possession of firearms and also illegal substances in 2011. And, unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time he had been in trouble with the law, either. In fact, that apprehension came after a string of offenses that began in 2008, when the son of actress Farrah Fawcett and actor Ryan O’Neal was first imprisoned for heroin possession. Not that he seems to have learned his lesson, though: Redmond has violated his parole on four occasions since and in 2014 was caught with heroin and firearms again. This last arrest resulted, perhaps inevitably, in a custodial sentence.
15. Nick Hogan, son of Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan’s son Nick Hogan was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2007 after a serious car accident. And tragically that wreck was life-changing for his best friend riding in the passenger seat, as he suffered permanent brain damage and now requires full-time home care. Hogan junior, meanwhile, was charged with reckless driving as well as driving while under the influence. Naturally, all of this affected him deeply: as he told Good Morning America in 2010, “There are days when I can’t even get out of bed.”
14. Weston Cage, son of Nicolas Cage
Along with his former wife, Weston Cage has been charged with domestic abuse on more than one occasion; indeed, their rows were often so violent that the police ended up at their door. The son of actor Nicolas Cage has also had more than one stint in rehab and has been known to post concerning messages on social media.
13. Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas’ son Cameron was sentenced to five years for drug dealing and use – before being dealt another four years in 2011 when he was caught using crystal meth while still in prison. His history with drugs began in 1999, and he’s been charged with possession of various substances on numerous occasions since then.
12. Theodora Richards, daughter of Keith Richards
Following in her father’s footsteps in true rock and roll style, Theodora Richards – the daughter of Rolling Stones axe-slinger Keith Richards – was arrested in 2011 for possessing a banned substance. Prior to this, she was caught with Vicodin in 2001. Still, let’s hope the future’s brighter. The model and illustrator entered rehab in 2015 for the second – and, hopefully, final – time.
11. Noelle Bush, daughter of Jeb Bush
In 2002, when her uncle George W. Bush was president, Noelle Bush made headlines for being arrested for possession of hard drugs. However, she had the sympathy of her own politician father Jeb Bush, who revealed in a 2015 interview taken on his own presidential campaign bus that Noelle “went through hell… and [that] it wasn’t easy.”
10. Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson
Following a barrage of online abuse and finding out that she didn’t share the same biological father – Michael Jackson – as her brother Prince, Paris Jackson apparently tried to commit suicide at just 14 years old. However, following two years in recovery for mental health issues surrounding her alleged suicide attempt, the daughter of the King of Pop eventually left rehab in 2015. In 2016, meanwhile, it was revealed that she has also been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
9. Marcus Jordan, son of Michael Jordan
Marcus Jordan – whose father Michael Jordan is one of the most acclaimed basketball players in history – faced charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after it was claimed he started a drunken brawl with two women. And, to his further detriment, it took a number of officers to eventually handcuff and detain him at the scene. The wild child has also been known to tweet explicit images of his genitalia.
8. Montana Fishburne, daughter of Laurence Fishburne
Under her adult movie name Chippy D, Montana Fishburne chose to pursue a career in the porn industry. And her father Laurence Fishburne didn’t approve, to say the least. Indeed, the star spent millions fruitlessly trying to remove his daughter’s films from the public domain. Finally, he cut ties with her; according to Montana, the actor told her she was “no longer welcome in his life.”
7. Nate Montana, son of Joe Montana
Iconic quarterback Joe Montana’s son has been caught drinking when he shouldn’t have been on more than one occasion. Nate Montana was charged with a misdemeanor at a party near his school in Notre Dame, Indiana, in 2010. A few months later, meanwhile, he was arrested for driving under the influence and was given a suspended sentence.
6. Tallulah Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
Tallulah Willis entered rehab at the age of 20 for drug addiction and has battled with eating disorders, depression and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in the past. And perhaps most alarmingly, the daughter of Hollywood royalty Bruce Willis and Demi Moore was diagnosed with BDD when she was just 13 years old. According to Tallulah herself, though, it was sister Scout who “forced [her] to see what [she] was doing.”
5. Richard Hilfiger, son of Tommy Hilfiger
Wannabe rapper Richard Hilfiger was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of intent to sell drugs, with his bail set at $20,000. Instead of getting jail time, though, he was forced to go to rehab for two months. Still, the son of clothing icon Tommy Hilfiger managed to capitalize on the whole incident through his music. With more than a little chutzpah, he released “Ricky Goes to Rehab” and “I Just Got Outta Rehab” after leaving the facility.
4. Marston Hefner, son of Hugh Hefner
In 2012 Marston Hefner, son of the original playboy, Hugh Hefner, was forced to take part in a year-long domestic violence program after he allegedly assaulted his Playmate girlfriend Claire Sinclair. The Los Angeles police arrived at their shared Pasadena home after Sinclair called them for help.
3. Venisha Brown, daughter of James Brown
James Brown’s daughter Venisha probably didn’t feel good when she was arrested for a hit and run while in a stolen vehicle in 2012. This resulted in her being hit with charges of leaving the scene of an accident, grand theft auto and assault and battery.
2. Christian Brando, son of Marlon Brando
Christian Brando, the late son of actor Marlon Brando, was imprisoned for the 1990 murder of his sister’s former boyfriend. His sibling Cheyenne had revealed to him that her boyfriend was physically abusing her – before Christian shot him. And for the crime Brando junior served six years before he was released in 1996. A stretch inside didn’t entirely set him straight, however; in 2005 he was charged with spousal abuse by his ex-wife.
1. Al Gore III, son of Al Gore
With a former Vice President father who’s famous for his efforts in the fight against climate change, Al Gore III had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, it seems that he cracked under the pressure, being arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession after he was caught speeding in 2007. What’s more, he had been previously arrested for possession of the same drug back in 2003 after the police pulled him over for driving without his headlights on.