Video Evidence: James Brown, 1988

The Godfather of Soul got himself into trouble on numerous occasions over the course of his long life. Brown was first arrested when he was sixteen, and was hauled downtown for the last time less than a year before his death in 2006.

His rap sheet included a high-speed chase, being arrested on stage, and assaulting an electrician with a steak knife. Throughout the late '80s and '90s, his trouble mostly stemmed from getting high and committing acts of violence against his wife. As this interview illustrates, Brown wasn't one to take the tack most celebrities do after they run afoul of the law and beg public forgiveness. It wasn't like he was going to stop anyway.