Tiger Woods, Zac Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Vanilla Ice and Jennifer Capriati are just a few who’ve got caught up in some messy business.
New England Patriots owner and part time Palm Beach resident Robert Kraft faces charges of soliciting prostitutes as part of a series of human trafficking and prostitution arrests in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
But Kraft, 77, isn’t the first celebrity who has faced criminal charges, or has gotten caught up in some questionable practices, in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in the past several years.
The Jupiter Island resident was arrested 3 a.m. on May 29, 2017 on Military Trail south of Indian Creek Parkway in Jupiter after police found him asleep in his damaged Mercedes while on powerful painkillers.
Appearing dazed and confused, his speech slurred and his stance unsteady, Woods was unable to follow a Jupiter police officer’s instructions and he was booked on suspicion of DUI charges. No alcohol was found in his system but toxicology reports showed he had narcotic painkillers Vicodin and Dilaudid, along with the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, and the sleeping aid, Ambien, in his system at the time of his arrest. It also showed his blood contained THC, typically linked to marijuana use.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving after entering a first-time DUI offender diversion program.
The lead singer of the popular country music band Zac Brown Band, admitted that he was at the swanky five-star Four Seasons Hotel on Palm Beach in August 2016 when police raided it for drugs.
While two people were arrested on cocaine charges, Brown did not face any charges.
Brown was in town attending the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
Brown later apologized on the Barrett-Jackson website, saying, in part: “My dad always said nothing good ever happens when you stay out late.”
Taylor, a Hall of Fame linebacker who played 13 seasons for the New York Giants, was arrested Sept. 2, 2016 after crashing his 2010 Bentley convertible in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike. Charged with DUI with injury or property damage, Taylor pleaded guilty. He received one year of probation, nine months’ driver license suspension and six months with an ignition interlock device on his car for six months.
Robert Van Winkle, the former rapper known as Vanilla Ice, was arrested Feb. 18, 2015, nearly two months after police say he took furniture, a pool heater, artwork and other items from a home listed in the name of Morgan James Wilbur III, who court records show died in 2008. The home was near a house Van Winkle was renovating for his reality TV show on the DIY network. Lantana police said Van Winkle, of Wellington, told them in December he had purchased Wilbur’s home, but he later told them that he was intending to purchase the house but hadn’t finalized the deal. He faced grand theft and burglary charges but pleaded no contest in a plea deal that led to his charges being dropped.
The former No. 1 world-ranked tennis player was arrested after a Valentine’s Day 2013 spat with her ex-boyfriend at a North Palm Beach gym. Police said Capriati punched ex-boyfriend Ivan D. Brannan Jr.
Later, she appeared at Brannan’s office and pounded on a locked door. When she couldn’t get in, she began repeatedly calling the office, police said. Prosecutors allowed her to enter a deferred prosecution agreement in January 2014.
She faced battery and stalking charges but charges were dropped after she did 30 hours of community service and four hours of anger management classes.
Cabrera, a Detroit Tigers and ex-Miami Marlins star, was arrested on DUI and other charges in west Fort Pierce on Feb. 16, 2011 after refusing to take a breath test.
A St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputy saw Cabrera’s black Land Rover with a smoking engine on the shoulder of the 30000 block of Okeechobee Road and called for assistance because Cabrera refused to cooperate. The deputy reported the first baseman grabbed a bottle of James Buchanan’s Scotch and started drinking as he was being questioned.
He faced charges of DUI, resisting arrest without violence and having an open container in a vehicle but, as part of his plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop the resisting arrest and open container charges. He ended up with one year of probation, six months’ driver license suspension, a $1,400 fine, and had to attend DUI school and a victim impact panel.
LaRussa, who was then the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, was arrested in March 2007 on a drunken-driving charge after Jupiter police said they found him asleep inside his running SUV at a stoplight. He gave two breath samples and was determined to have a blood alcohol content of 0.093 percent, Jupiter police said.
He faced a DUI charge and pleaded guilty in November 2007, saying it was in the best interest of all concerned. He got one year of probation with early termination after six months, six months’ driver license suspension, 50 hours community service, had to pay a $678 fine and attend DUI school.
The Palm Beach billionaire was accused in 2006 of paying women, some underage, for sex at his Palm Beach mansion.
Epstein faced federal and state charges, but federal prosecutors agreed to a plea deal in which he would plead guilty to charges of solicitation of prostitution and soliciting minors to engage in prostitution in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, but he would not be charged with any federal counts. As part of the agreement, Epstein had to register as a sex offender and agree to settle civil lawsuits that his roughly 30 victims filed against him.