Wesley Snipes Arrest Records
Born in July 1962, Wesley Trent Snipes, is a Hollywood actor, director, film producer, author, and martial artist. He has risen to fame with film roles in New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, Passenger 57, Demolition Man, and the Blade film trilogy (Marvel Comics). He acted in his first film in the1980s. He was born in Orlando, in Florida, to Marian and Wesley Rudolph Snipes. Growing up in the Bronx, in New York, he went to a performing arts high school there but had to move back to Florida before attaining a graduate degree.
He has also trained at Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple of America. He is a trained kickboxer and became proficient at the sport while he lived in New York. Snipes has had two marriages. By his second, to Nikki Park, in 2003, he has four children. Snipes was born into the Christian faith, but converted to Islam in 1978 - he left the Islamic faith 10 years later.
Snipes was noticed by an agent at the age of 23. He was performing in a competition at the time. His debut film was with actor Goldie Hawn, in 1986, in Wildcats. In the same year, he featured in the television series Miami Vice as a drug dealer. In 1987, he had the privilege to work with Michael Jackson, appearing in his video for the song "Bad". This appearance caught director Spike Lee's attention and he offered him a small role, which Snipes rejected.
Snipes' career got off to such a swashbuckling start, he imagined it would continue forever. However, success seems to have gone to his head, and due to altercations with the law, being typecast as a total action hero, and many other problems, Snipes has witnessed a lull in his career. Decades after he was labeled the one and only action star, and after success was fast and furious, Snipes began turning down meaty roles, mostly in sequels of movies that he was initially cast in.
This didn't quite sit well with directors. Snipes was getting "more meaningful" roles at the time and seemed to forget the people who had given him fruitful opportunities before. Another thing that came up in a lot of Snipes' interviews was the fact that he thought Hollywood was a racially biased industry and that directors wrote "great" roles for white actors primarily. This idea wasn't received well by many studio heads and the fraternity alike.
The story of the crime
In 2010, a jury convicted Snipes of intentional non-filing of tax returns for the years, 1999, 2000, and 2001. He was acquitted of charges of felony tax fraud and conspiracy, but the tax evasion conviction stayed. His sentence was to serve three years in federal prison. The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in 2011 - Snipes had argued that his sentence was "too harsh" relative to the crime committed. He was released in 2013.
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