Like most of the media world, we here at MTV News obsess and argue relentlessly over our year-end top 10s. This year, we thought we’d share them! Our staff top 10s, along with several less conventional lists, will be rolling out all this week. Find out our picks for couples , guilty-pleasure songs , albums , hot messes and much more. Enjoy, and share your own top 10s in You Tell Us!
10. Paris Hilton
Back in June, following an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards, Hilton willingly turned herself in to police to begin serving a 23-day jail sentence, related to her arrest for violating the terms of her alcohol-related probation. She ended up serving 23 days and was released.
Compton-bred rapper the Game was collared in mid-May in Los Angeles and booked on suspicion of making criminal threats. The arrest, according to police, was connected to an incident that went down three months prior, amid a pickup basketball game. The rapper was accused of brandishing a weapon during the game, which he used to threaten one of the other players. He was later released on $50,000 bail.
8. Nick Bollea
Last month, the 17-year-old son of wrestler Hulk Hogan turned himself in to police and was arrested on charges of reckless driving for his role in an August crash in Florida that left his passenger, 22-year-old John Graziano, in critical condition. Graziano sustained a broken skull and has been in a coma ever since the accident. Bollea is currently awaiting trial and denies any wrongdoing.
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For the rest of MTV News’ year-end top 10s, check out our Best of 2007 page, where you’ll find the hottest hip-hop, catchiest singles and more.
7. Tony Yayo
Back in March, Yayo was arrested on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child in New York, for allegedly slapping the 14-year-old son of the Game’s manager, Jimmy Rosemond. He’s currently awaiting trial.
6. Lindsay Lohan
Following a stint in rehab, Lohan was arrested in late May for driving under the influence of alcohol after losing control of her Mercedes-Benz convertible and ramming a curb. Police found a small amount of cocaine inside the mangled sports car, and she was right back in rehab. Then, in late July, Lohan was arrested again after being in a bizarre car chase. Lohan refused to take a breathalyzer test, but failed several other field-sobriety tests, and police also found a small amount of cocaine on her. She faced a handful of charges but wound up serving only 84 minutes in jail for her offenses.
5. Lil Wayne
In July, the rapper’s first major gig in New York was followed with a trip to the clink, following Wayne’s arrest on gun-possession charges. His tour bus was pulled over, and cops searched it, finding a .40 caliber pistol and some marijuana. And then, in October, Wayne was pinched in Boise, Idaho, on a felony fugitive charge issued in Georgia for allegedly possessing a controlled substance.
4. Remy Ma
The female rapper was charged this summer with attempted murder charge following a shooting outside a New York nightclub. She pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on $250,000 bond but was ordered earlier this week to stand trial on charges of gang assault and witness tampering. Prosecutors argue Remy Ma ordered a group of men to attack the boyfriend of her friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph, who she is accused of shooting in July after a dispute that took place on a New York street.
3. OiNK founder Alan Ellis
The 24-year-old Ellis was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and copyright infringement in October as part of an Interpol-led investigation into OiNK, the invite-only file-sharing site he launched three years ago. The site provided illegal downloads of pre-release music and media to its more than 180,000 members before authorities shut it down. Ellis, an IT consultant, operated the site from his apartment in Middlesbrough in the north of England. He dismissed the charges, claiming his site was no different than Google.
2. Kid Rock
Before he was arrested in late October on charges of misdemeanor battery in Georgia for allegedly beating up a man at a Waffle House with his entourage, Rock was arrested for clocking ex-wife Pamela Anderson’s first husband, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, during the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. Rock said a lingering “level of disrespect” between the two provoked the fisticuffs. He was charged by Las Vegas police with misdemeanor battery, but Lee later requested Rock not be charged over the incident.
In mid-October, the rapper was arrested in Atlanta on charges of buying illegal machine guns, possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Agents booked T.I. as he allegedly accepted a delivery of three machine guns and two silencers from one of his bodyguards. After posting bail, T.I. was remanded to house arrest, and is not allowed to step out his front door unless he has a medical appointment or court appearance. He is awaiting trial on the gun charges.