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"I Thought It Was Gum!" The Worst Celebrity Drug Excuses Of All Time

Updated on August 5, 2011

We always hear about celebrity drug addiction, intervention and rehab, but what about their terrible excuses? These huge Hollywood stars are definitely not famous for thinking on the spot.

Paris Hilton


“I thought the cocaine was gum.”

When pulled over because of a "strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle," a white baggie fell out of Paris Hilton's purse. Not surprisingly, it wasn't gum--it was 0.8 grams of cocaine. Her purse also contained cigarette wrappers, $1,300 in cash and a broken tablet of Albuterol. She charged her with felony drug possession.

Honourable Mention: “That’s not my purse.”

Jeremy London


“I was kidnapped, robbed and forced to smoke drugs.”

Jeremy London's excuse is one of the weirdest ever. He said he was trying to change a tire when two men stopped to help him. After the tire was changed he offered to drive them home, but they instead held him at gunpoint and forced him to smoke dope, then buy alcohol and hand it out in a gang area of Palm Springs. The weirdest part? It might actually be true. A suspect was arrested and charged after he confessed to the crime.

Honourable Mention: "For people who think this is too weird to happen, wake up. We live in weird world."

Tatum O'Neal


“I bought crack because my dog died.”

This Oscar-winning actress, who has famously battled drug addiction, was arrested after buying crack cocaine from a homeless dealer. She originally blamed the purchase on her new movie role, but then switched gears, claiming the death of her dog pushed her into depression.

Honourable Mention: “You know who I am, right? I'm researching a part. I'm doing this for a part.”

Lindsay Lohan


“These aren’t my pants.”

It's the same old story: Lindsay is pulled over, Lindsay fails sobriety test, Lindsay has cocaine in her pants pocket. So what does she do? Claims that neither the pants nor the drugs are hers. That's almost as clever as the time she was photographed next to a platter of cocaine.

Honorable Mention: “"I wasn't looking around the room, I thought I was just taking a picture with a fan."

Jerry Hall


“I accidentally picked up someone else’s bag at the airport."

In 1987, Jerry Hall was arrested at an airport in Barbados after 20 pounds of marijuana was found in her luggage. She claimed she went to the airport to pick up personal items including a sweater, music cassettes, a camera and book, and that she had no clue the box contained drugs.

Honourable Mention: “I’ve never seen these 20 pounds of marijuana before in my life.”

Nicole Richie


“I’m on Vicodin because I have really bad menstrual cramps.”

When Nicole was pulled over for driving the wrong direction down a California freeway (first mistake), officers arrested her for driving under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin. As if that wasn't embarrassing enough, she got really, really angry about the the cops lowballing her weight on the police report.

Honourable mention: I don’t know where the cops came up with85 pounds and it's annoying me.”



“Mary Ann sent me the box.”

Gilligan, aka Bob Denver, was arrested after a package of marijuana was sent to his home. Inside Gilligan's house, police found drug paraphernalia and about 10 ounces of marijuana.

Honourable mention: “Some crazy fan must have sent it.”


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    • Deni Edwards profile image

      Deni Edwards 6 years ago from california

      Fun to read! Thanks for the laugh.

    • Jenna Estefan profile image

      Jenna Estefan 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Hehehe, this made me laugh. Thanks!

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      Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      “I was kidnapped, robbed and forced to smoke drugs.” What a lunatic. Did some really confess to this? I need to go Google this because I thought BS for sure. Even when he was on celebrity rehab, I felt like he was a liar.