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By Damilola Faustino

One of the advantages of being a celebrity is that you enjoy certain perks which normal people may never enjoy. The celebrity status comes to bear particularly when they are in trouble. While everyday people spend time behind bars for various offences, celebrities are often able to avoid jail time. Here are celebrities whose celebrity status has saved them from doing time:

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

In 2001, Jay-Z received a light sentence for stabbing a rival record executive. Jay-Z gatecrashed an album release party and then proceeded to stab Rivera, his target, twice with a five-inch knife. He was given 3 years jail probation.  If he had been convicted, Jay-Z could have faced up to 15 years in jail.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

In 2013, Brown and his bodyguard spent 36 hours in jail after they were charged with felony assault for beating someone up. However, when they showed up to court after the altercation, their sentence was reduced to a simple assault misdemeanour and they were released. A felony conviction surely would have sent him to jail. This ordeal came while Brown was still on probation for the felony domestic violence conviction relating to his attack on former girlfriend, Rihanna. Lucky you would say!

Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian

In 2008, Khloe Kardashian was sentenced to a 30-day jail sentence for violating probation following a Driving Under the Influence charge. She managed to serve less than a day of that sentence. In fact, she was in jail for just 3 hours because the jail was too overcrowded and didn’t have room for her.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

In the beginning of July 2014, Bieber accepted a plea bargain in which he agreed to undergo anger management classes along with two years of supervised probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanour vandalism. In addition, Bieber had to perform five days of community service and pay $80,900 in damages to his former neighbour.

Diddy

Diddy

Sean Combs aka Diddy

Sean Combs fired a gun while at a nightclub in 1999. It started when Combs bumped into someone, spilling his drink. Meanwhile, Combs had also taken out and fired a gun.  Combs was accused of gun possession and bribery, with the possibility of 15 years in prison if convicted of illegal gun possession.

Who else escaped jail?

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