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With the exception of James Brown and his mad dressing gown, it is an irrefutable fact that celebrities always look their coolest in front of a police station wall.
And to prove it, here are just eleven of the most stylish celebrity mugshots to ever escape an evidence folder...
From: Esquire UK.
Crime: Seduction and adultery, 1938
Get this: Sinatra promised to marry a woman if she agreed to have full-blown sex with him. But he lied, and got arrested (and ultimately pardoned) on a morals charge for seduction.
That was a thing in the thirties, apparently.
But then, if seduction truly was a crime, then he was tempting a life sentence turning up to the station like this. It's up there with Young Stalin for pictures you'd like to take to the barbers, but feel a bit too weird about.
Crime: Reckless driving, fleeing the scene and evading arrest, 1975
Just the other day we were listing off the benefits of a denim jacket, and now look! We've nabbed ourselves another one.
The lesson here: if you ever get arrested, a denim jacket will instantly make you look like a out-of-town cowboy who's just seen off a tobacco-gargling sheriff in a sun down duel.
Crime: Public intoxication, 1984
It shouldn't work, should it? It's Ozzy Osbourne, covered in a shaggy bleach blonde lions mane, looking nonplussed in a grubby hockey jersey—but it just does.
Crime: Felony assault, 1999
Jay Z allegedly stabbed a music exec after hearing rumours that he had leaked Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter to the record-stealing public.
Clearly, Hova suffers from rage and a tendency for poor decisions - but you wouldn't know it from this chilled out, stripped back jumper & jacket combo.
Crime: Drink driving, 1972
Steve McQueen was always going to bat his inevitable mugshot out of the park, wasn't he? When it came down to it, the 'King of Cool' went for a polka dot shirt and a look of complete and utter sozzlement.
Crime: Being party to a conspiracy, 1956
At the age of 27, the legendary civil rights leader took part in the famous Rosa Parks-inspired Montgomery bus boycotts, and earned a shotgun blast through his front door in return.
His role in the protest led to Luther King becoming the best-known spokesman for the movement, due to his stirring speeches and brave leadership. His style nouse didn't hurt, either: this flecked wool suit and tie combo is one of his most stylish, and iconic, images.
Crime: Assault, 1978
Months after he was arrested (and ultimately not convicted) for the death of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, Sid assaulted singer Patti Smith's brother at a gig.
Months later, he allegedly committed suicide, leaving a note that read: "Bury me in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots."
Crime: Marijuana possession, 1976
Probably the most dapper photo of David Bowie in existence. Police confiscated "almost half a pound of marijuana" off of Bowie and his mates after a gig at the Community War Memorial Arena in Rochester, New York.
He soon set off to continue his tour, and 200 people turned up to gawp at him pleading innocent at the local court a few days later.
Crime: Heroin possession, 1969
After Toronto airport security found a small bag of heroin in Hendrix's luggage, he was forced to sit for this bare-chested, mondo-collared mugshot.
After months of fretting, he successfully avoided time in prison by convincing his judge that a fan had slipped the drugs into his bag.
Crime: Trespassing, 1986
You kind of expected Cobain's crime to be a little cooler, didn't you? Not just something people accidentally do while playing Pokémon GO. His trim black jumper fits the crime, however.
Needless to say, it wasn't the only time he had been arrested. Years earlier, he was brought in for spray-painting "ain't got no how watchamacallit" on street cars.
Crime: Narcotics possession, 1967
Back in the sixties, the police were pretty determined to make an example of The Rolling Stones and their infamously hedonistic ways.
After a raid on Keith Richard's country home, they arrested Mick Jagger for drug possession. He proceeded to turn up to the station in this tailored, dapper suit—creating a glamorous and iconic image that flew in the face of what the force were trying to achieve.
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