TLC’s new show “Sister Wives” has come under investigation for bigamy, according to a report on the website E Online. Kody Brown stars on the reality show as the father of 16 kids with three wives, and he is about to add a fourth. He lives in Utah, and bigamy is a third-degree felony in the state, although it is rarely prosecuted.
The Brown family released a statement saying that the show was “a risk worth taking.” Surely the large paycheck involved with starring in a television show would help when you have more than a dozen children. TLC has released no official comment as of yet, since the drama would likely get more ratings.
Other reality stars have had run-ins with the law that haven’t been pleasant. Here’s a look at some of the most notable.
Paris Hilton, star of the reality show “The Simple Life,” recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession charges in Las Vegas. Her punishment is a $2,000 fine and 200 hours of community service, according to TMZ.
Further, she will be on probation for one year. If she gets in trouble again during the next 365 days for anything worse than a traffic ticket, then the hotel heiress will spend time behind bars for up to a year.
Although he’s not as popular as other reality show television personalities, this recent case has come to light. Bryan Masche was the star of “Raising Sextuplets” on the WE network. He was arrested for a domestic dispute and then resisting arrest, according to PopEater.
Bryan Masche’s father-in-law made the 911 call that said Bryan was about to take three of the six kids as “leverage” in a future divorce. The matter became worse when he allegedly put guns in the back of the car too.
“Project Runway” finalist Kenley Collins apparently couldn’t handle the pressure in March of 2009. TMZ reported that she was arrested for assaulting her ex-fiance with several objects, including water; an apple; a laptop; and a living, breathing cat.
Collins was the third-place finisher on season five of “Project Runway.” The incident happened in her Brooklyn home; she was charged with six crimes.
Reality stars are fickle in that they try to become celebrities after leading somewhat normal lives. Celebrities who turn to reality television to make some waves usually have no trouble dealing with the trials and travails of a television life.
Since the episodes for “Sister Wives” have already been recorded, this legal battle should be no big deal. If Brown is convicted, he may face up to five years in prison. If he receives the television-star treatment, he may just get off with a hand slap. It depends upon how much money the Brown family has to invest in a lawyer.
E Online, TMZ, and PopEater all contributed information for this article.