Celebrity Jailbird: Injustice Averted?
Celebrity Jailbird (In)Justice?
As of this writing, Kiefer Sutherland -- who started serving his jail sentence late yesterday afternoon -- has already served (approximately) Lindsay Lohan's 84 minute jail stint nine times over. And, at first glance, Sutherland appears to be getting a rough deal compared to some other celebrity offenders (see below) to see the inside of a jail for only minutes this year.
But looking a little bit closer, Sutherland -- who was convicted of drunk driving while on probation for a previous DUI offense -- may be yet another example of the special rules governing celebrity justice. Sure, the "24" star agreed to serve 48 days, but initially had an agreement in place to serve 18 days, then return to complete filming the remainder of "24's" season before finishing out his sentence. While it isn't exactly 84 minutes, it's difficult to imagine myself getting a dispensation to, say, cover the Oscars in the midst of incarceration.
Of course, like everything else in Hollywood, Kiefer's plans were summarily trashed thanks to the writers' strike and now he'll serve all 48 days consecutively. Fox, in a statement, summed it up thusly: "With production of '24' postponed until further notice due to the writer's strike, we supported Kiefer's decision to serve his sentence now."
I guess we'll see you in late January, Kiefer.
Below, a look at how Sutherland's sentence stacks up to some other high-profile jail birds in 2007...
Currently serving a one-year sentence at New York's Riker's Island for probation violation, a nail salon dust-up and assault with a cell phone. Brown recently spent 40 days in solitary confinement for breaking prison rules.
Sutherland just began his 48-day sentence at a jail in Glenside, Calif. The "24" star is expected to be assigned to laundry and kitchen duty. More ham, please.
Hilton's in-out-in-out 22-day jail sentence was the topic of much debate, breaking news and an interminable hour of "Larry King Live" earlier this year.
The starlet, sentenced to one day in jail following her conviction on two summer DUI charges, spent a grand total of 84 minutes in jail last month.
Clocking in at just 82 minutes, Nicole Richie wins the 2007 race for "least jail time served" by a celebrity. The mother-to-be was able to forego the bulk of her four-day sentence due to jail overcrowding.
Related: 2007, Year of the Celeb DUI
| December 6, 2007; 10:42 AM ET
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