Celebrities are used to having their picture taken in all manner of situations but as many stars have discovered, no image can be more unflattering their artistic impressions of their time in court….
Celebrities will no doubt be used to being instantly recognised in a variety of settings but this isn’t always the case in a courtroom.
Many famous faces have been interpreted by an artist’s pencil or pen, with certain depictions leaving them looking a little worse for wear.
In some instances, some globally renowned figures have been left virtually unrecognisable.
Fans following the Wagatha Christie libel trial were given a giggle this week after a sketch emerged of a ‘no neck’ Wayne Rooney.
The Derby County manager was in court to support his wife Coleen Rooney in her court case against Rebekah Vardy, but ended up stealing focus when the court images emerged.
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Some Twitter users joked that Wayne resembled a ‘potato’ while others compared him to Tyson Fury and Brock Lesner.
Another commented: “This court sketch artist is stealing a living. Rooney must be raging.”
We take a look at some of the most controversial and unusual illustrations of celebrities taking to the stand.
Last month, courtroom sketches of the Kardashian family went viral with hoards of people mocking them online.
The famous family appeared in court as part of a $108 million defamation lawsuit brought by model Blac Chyna.
Blac Chyna lost the lawsuit and was awarded zero damages, with the courts siding in favour of the Kardashians.
Mona Shafer Edwards, the veteran artist behind the viral sketches, defended her work, telling the Daily Mail her job is a lot more complex than some people might think.
Amber Heard has made a number of court room appearances in recent years, due to ongoing legal disputes with ex-boyfriend, Hollywood actor Johnny Depp.
Currently, Aquaman’s Amber and Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny are in court as part of a defamation trial.
Depp is suing Heard for for $50million for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece.
Johnny Depp wasn’t named in the article but he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work. The case is currently on hiatus.
Jennifer Aniston appeared in court in the early 2000s, when she sued a magazine for publishing topless photos of her.
The actress shot to fame as Rachel Green in the smash hit sitcom, Friends, which aired from 1994 until 2004, spanning 236 episodes.
She remains a phenomenally popular actress, with consistent performances in hit films and television shows to this day.
Pop sensation Taylor Swift is arguably one of the most recognisable stars on the planet.
She was sketched after counter-suing David Mueller for battery and sexual assault after he sued her for defamation, claiming she wrongfully fired him. Swift sought a symbolic $1 in damages.
The jury ruled in Swift’s favour, with David Mueller ordered to pay the Evermore singer $1.
Singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa appeared in court in 2014 after being accused of selling drugs.
Tulisa denied the allegations and ultimately, the case was thrown out.
The judge dismissed the case after believing prosecution witness Mazher Mahmood had lied to the court. The witness was later found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
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Singer and businesswoman Rihanna is no stranger to having her photo taken, with her approach to maternity fashion garnering much attention.
The Fenty founder appeared in court in 2009 after her then boyfriend Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting her back in 2009.
Brown was handed five years probation and a community service order for the assault.
Oscar winning actress Halle Berry appeared in court in 2012.
The Monster’s Ball star was at Los Angeles Superior Court for her divorce hearing.
Famed artist Mona Shafer Edwards – whose recent sketches of the Kardashians went viral – captured the actress during her court appearances.
TV cook Nigella Lawson appeared in court in 2013.
The case involved two former personal assistants accused of fraud, with many intimate details of Nigella’s marriage and family life discussed in court.
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