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At the scene, the Police told The Rock “Your celebrity status does not put you above the law”. Then he was booked.
The ‘Hercules’ star had a tough upbringing in Hawaii during his teenage years and after getting evicted from his apartment aged 14 he turned to crime and used to be part of a group who would target tourists.
Dwayne Johnson was arrested ”eight or nine times” by the time he was 17 after being involved in a theft ring.
He added to Muscle and Fitness magazine: ”At 14 when I started training, at 14 is when I also started getting arrested–for fighting, theft, all kinds of stupid (expletive) that I shouldn’t have been doing.
Johnson also shared how and why he was arrested:
At the scene, the Police told The Rock “Your celebrity status does not put you above the law”. Then he was booked. But the WWE Superstar Legend was let off the hook the following day.
The LAPD later publicly stated: “We’d like to apologize to Dwayne Johnson for the inconvenience. Any time the LAPD receives a call, it is our responsibility to make sure it is treated in the most serious manner. For the record the pills found in Dwayne Johnson’s Fanny Pack were in fact not schedule two narcotics.”
TMZ, in an interview gleaned this from Johnson, “The LAPD was just doing their job. I guess it wasn’t the brightest idea to hand my friend, a few of my Power Pump XL and Testo Black X muscle supplements in broad day light. They’re completely legal by the way guys.”
When asked what the group were looking for he replied: ”High-end clothes and jewelry. In Waikiki there’s a couple high-end blocks where there’s your Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Armani, jewelry stores, plenty of jewelry stores.
”There are a lot of tourists that come into Waikiki and there’s a lot of money. A lot of foreign money that comes in, and we were part of a theft ring that would target those groups. We would target the money, we would target the high-end clothes and we would target the jewelry – turn around and sell it, best we could.”
The 47 year-old star also credits his muscle-building activity for helping him to deal with his depression. He explained: ”There was never any medication. It was getting off my ass and being active and getting out and training. Releasing a lot of blood, sweat and respect–that was my medication.
”I’ll never forget my mom crying and I’ll never forget the thought I had, ‘Well the only thing I can do is just go build my body,’ because the men who were successful that I knew of–Stallone, Arnold, Bruce Willis–they were men of action.”
After reminiscing on the difficult times, the actor finally shared a message of hope to his fans, telling them, “If you are out there and you’re struggling, and a lot of you are, and you’re struggling to make ends meet, struggling to pay the rent…I know what it’s like, I’ve been down that road.”
“I’m telling you, if you’re going through it, stay strong, have faith and keep pushing through,” he continued. “On the other side of your struggle is something good. On the other side of your struggle is some sort of success.”