Pop star Justin Bieber caused a media frenzy when he was arrested in Miami Beach earlier this week on charges of DUI and drag racing, but he’s certainly not the first celebrity to make headlines for wild behavior in Miami. Who can forget these cases of A- (or in some cases, D-) listers getting into trouble in the Magic City:
During Art Basel week 2013, a long-running feud between Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton got violent when it was alleged that Hilton’s brother Barron was gossiping about Lohan at a house party. According to Barron Hilton, Lohan allegedly told party host Ray Liamone to attack Mr. Hilton as a retribution for “talking s--t” about her; the Hilton heir suffered several injuries to the face and posted a selfie of the damage on Instagram.
Rapper Busta Rhymes had a meltdown last April at Cheeseburger Baby in South Beach when the restaurant put condiments he requested on his burger on the side, a company policy to avoid soggy burgers. Store owner Stephanie Vitori told the Huffington Post that the rapper began to get hostile and called her a b---h and used a homophobic slur while also insisting he would not leave the restaurant until he received ketchup, mayonnaise, salt and pepper on his burger.
Actress Demi Moore caused a stir during 2012’s Art Basel with hard partying and bizarre antics. En route to an exclusive dinner hosted by Chanel at Soho Beach House, she found a stray cat that become her plus one to the swanky event. She later ditched the cat to move on to an additional string of parties throughout the night. Her behavior was alleged as the reason for the split between her and purported boyfriend Vito Schnabel, an art dealer who preferred to keep his name out of the gossip rags. The abandoned cat later found a home with Nicky Hilton; the heiress adopted the feline and named it Soho.
Now-suspended New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has been notorious for wild parties at his Miami Beach mansion during the offseason. And in late 2012, while he was resting up for hip surgery, he was photographed out clubbing. New York magazine published an e-mail addressed to A-Rod from Yankees President Randy Levine saying “Guys in rehab don’t do this. ...You need to focus on getting better.” When A-Rod sold his mansion for $30 million the following year, the new owners promised their parties would be more low-key, much to the relief of the neighbors.
But perhaps the unofficial bad boy of the Miami party scene has got to be rapper Juvenile, who has been arrested twice in connection with fights at clubs. Juvenile’s first arrest dates all the way back to 2001, when he was arrested at a comedy club in Coconut Grove on charges that he smashed a bottle of champagne over the head of someone who dissed the rapper. He was again arrested in 2013 for disorderly conduct when he got into a fight with an unknown man outside LIV at the Fontainebleau. And by the way — that’s the spot where LeBron James’ mother, Gloria James, got into a 2011 altercation with a valet parker that was finally settled in court months later.
— RICARDO MOR