Judge now, and learn the facts later. It seems that's how the public lives in this digital age. You hear a story about a man who
allegedly abused his wife and automatically think, "He's guilty."
It's not until the "not guilty" verdict comes out months, or in some cases years, later and people realize they've falsely accused someone of a heinous act AND helped to spread it across various social media platforms. We all know it's not always good to judge a book by its cover. But it happens.
Here are 10 times celebrities were falsely accused by media and the general public and vindicated after the fact.
The Dallas Cowboys released him shortly after Virginia police
accused him of shoplifting. As it turned out, Lucky Whitehead was not the suspect authorities were looking to capture. How's that for messed up?
Right at the beginning of his career in 2002 Brian Banks was falsely
accused of rape by a high school classmate . It wasn't until 2012, ten years after the accusation and five years after being released from prison for the sexual assault conviction, that Brian was exonerated. He now serves as an advocate for the falsely accused.
A 23-year-old waitress from Washington accused David Copperfield of rape in 2008. The alleged victim accused the celebrity of taking her to his private island and sexually assaulting her. Police later
dropped the charges after the woman accused another man of a similar crime. Really?
The famed rapper was recording his 1993 album, 'Doggystyle,' when police came and arrested him for his part in the death of rival gang member Phillip Woldermariam. Snoop didn't pull the trigger but was driving the getaway car, which was enough for the authorities and general public to condemn him for murder. The justice system eventually
acquitted Snoop on all counts. As for the public, well, the verdict is still out.
Regardless of how you feel about the O.J. Simpson case— which caused racial division and legal uproar—you have to admit that the former NFL player was given a "not guilty" verdict.
O.J. was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1994. He wasn't cleared of such charges until October 1995. Unfortunately, in some courts of public opinion people still find him guilty. His latest book titled, "If I Did It" certainly doesn't help prove his innocence.
Here's another one the public court of opinion refuses to release. Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a hotel employee in Colorado in 2003. He admitted to having sexual relations with the 19-year-old, which was wrong due to his marriage to Vanessa Bryant, but swore that such intimacy was not forced.
Kobe must have been speaking some truth because the woman refused to testify against him and all charges were dropped. Still, even with the justice system telling Kobe to go and sin no more, some critics still cannot get over the notion of the former NBA star stepping out on his wife. Shame!
There's always that one. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committees Director of Drug Control Administration from 1991 to 2000, decided to release a list of athletes who he felt should have been disqualified due to using illegal drugs from 1988 to 2000 all the way in 2003. The former director's efforts were his best attempts to build a case against the organization, which he ultimately lost. Anyway, Wade mentioned Carl Lewis in his claims and, of course, the Olympian
responded with a viable defense. The USOC supported Carl's claims of innocence back then and now and that's the end of it. Move. On.
How many times does a person have to tell you that they are not the person that you think they are for you to believe them? So a woman, convinced that she was attacked by Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, went to great lengths to ensure that the star athlete suffered for his crimes of assault and property damage in 2014.
Here's the thing: Marshawn was nowhere in sight at the time of the incident. In fact, police in Washington found that the football player was resting in a hotel room at the time of the woman's alleged assault. A witness whom the woman mistook for Marshawn said he told her repeatedly that he was not the Seattle Seahawks player. Some people are just bent on falsehoods. Anyway, police decided to
charge the woman with making a false statement.
The late Gospel singer was found in possession of powdered cocaine in 1982. Andrae held that the drugs belonged to a friend who was living in his apartment at the time. Police arrested Crouch and later released him on $2,500 bail. No charges were filed by the authorities, but some critics still hold Crouch to his 1982 incident even though he is no longer living to defend himself. Tough crowd!
Johnny Depp's ex-wife, Amber Heard, accused her then-husband of assaulting her with a cell phone in 2015. According to Amber, Johnny picked up a mobile device and threw it at her during an altercation. The object struck her on the cheek and eye, but police didn't see enough injuries to bring up a case against Johnny. In fact, the authorities said they saw no evidence of assault. Interesting. Anyway, Amber decided to
drop the pending charges against her ex-husband with prejudice, which means that she cannot file them again. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce was finalized in 2016.