Bill Cosby was arrested in the twilight of his life and career and charged with a decade-old sex crime after a barrage of accusations from dozens of women made a mockery of his image as TV's wise and understanding Dr Cliff Huxtable. Holding a cane, the 78-year-old comedian walked slowly and unsteadily into court to answer charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman less than half his age at his home in 2004. He was released on $1 million bail.

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30 December 2015: Actor and comedian Bill Cosby is pictured in this booking photo provided by Montgomery County District Attorney's Office after Cosby was charged for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia-area mansion in January 2004Montgomery County District Attorney's Office/Reuters

The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest Hollywood celebrity trial of the mobile-news era. In this gallery, IBTimes UK looks back at other high profile celebrity arrests and the resulting mugshots. Lindsay Lohan had many, many opportunities to perfect her booking photo pose, while Paris Hilton always made sure she was perfectly coiffed and made-up. Unlike Nick Nolte, Rip Torn and James Brown...

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Music producer Phil Spector is seen on 13 April 2009 after he was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003; in another mugshot taken on 24 July 2013 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation while serving a 19-year sentence for second-degree murderLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Reuters
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10 January 2015: The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, was arrested on one count of misdemeanour battery of a protected person for allegedly punching a police officer at the Cromwell Hotel in Las VegasLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images
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Lindsay Lohan is shown in various booking photos provided by law enforcement agencies from her brushes with the law. Top left to right: July 24, 2007 (suspicion of drunken driving and cocaine possession), November 15, 2007 (when she served just 84 minutes in a Los Angeles County jail before being released due to overcrowding), July 20, 2010 (after she failed a mandatory drug test). Bottom left to right: September 24, 2010 (for violating the terms of her probation on drunk driving charges), October 19, 2011 (for failing to perform community service) and March 19, 2013 (on charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police in connection with a June 2012 car crash)Reuters
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June 4, 2007: Paris Hilton is photographed after checking herself into a women-only prison to start a 23-day sentence for violating probation on a drunk driving charge. August 28, 2010: This Paris Hilton mugshot was released by Las Vegas police after she was arrested for cocaine possessionREUTERS/Las Vegas Metropolitian Police
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Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons is seen in four police booking photographs. Clockwise from top left: He was arrested on 2 July 2008 on outstanding warrants as he arrived at a Phoenix airport after a stay in Florida, and arrested again at a store in Florida on 14 August for failing to appear in an Arizona court on drug charges; he was arrested on 9 March 2010 and charged with five counts of probation violation for regularly using illegal drugs during the previous nine months; he was arrested on 24 August 2011 for speeding; and he was arrested yet again on 20 August 2013 in South Carolina on a previous warrant for driving under a suspended licence and a new charge of possession of marijuanaMaricopa County Sheriff/Greer Police Department/Reuters/Getty Images
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23 January 2014: Justin Bieber is shown in his booking photos provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department in Miami, Florida. He was arrested on a drunk driving charge after he was caught drag racing on a main thoroughfare in a rented yellow LamborghiniReuters
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19 September 2010: Bruno Mars was arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. The singer, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was found to be in possession of 2.6 grammes of “white powdery substance” believed to be cocaineLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Getty Images
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June 27, 1995: Hugh Grant was arrested near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on charges of misdemeanour lewd conduct in a public place, with prostitute Divine BrownReuters
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November 20, 2003: Michael Jackson is pictured in this Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department mugshot after he was booked on suspicion of child molestation SV - RTR7EI2REUTERS/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department
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April 16, 2011: Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans after a drunken argument with his wifeREUTERS/Orleans Parish County Sheriff's Office
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OJ Simpson is seen in two mugshots: On June 17, 1994 he was arrested (after a low-speed car chase) on suspicion of the murder of his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. The booking photo on the right dates from 2008, when he was sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison on charges including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracyREUTERS/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
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Three mugshots dating from Robert Downey Jr's 'troubled' period: August 1999 (after missing a drug test under the terms of his probation from an arrest for possession of heroin, cocaine and a handgun in 1996); November 2000 (arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine and Valium); and April 2001 (arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs when an LA police officer found him wandering barefoot)The Smoking Gun
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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr is shown in a mugshot released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on 10 September 2010 after he surrendered to authorities and was charged with one count of Grand Larceny; he is seen on another mugshot on 17 December 2010 after he was arrested at a Las Vegas casino on a misdemeanour battery charge after he allegedly assaulted a security guard at his gated community; and he is seen in a third mugshot taken on 1 June 2012 when he began serving a 90-day county jail sentenceREUTERS/LVMPD/Clark County Detention/Getty Images
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10 April 2008: Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife; and arrested again on 18 February 2015 for taking various items from a residential home in FloridaPalm Beach County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images
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Nick Nolte is seen in two police booking photographs taken just over 40 years apart. In February 1961 the 20-year-old was arrested for selling fake draft cards. On September 11, 2002 the dishevelled actor was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after an officer observed Nolte swerving his 1992 Mercedes-Benz into oncoming traffic near his Malibu homeREUTERS/California Highway Patrol
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January 28, 2004: The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, was arrested on suspicion of committing domestic violenceREUTERS/Aiken County Sheriff's Office
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4 December 2006: Actor Rip Torn was arrested after he was involved in a two-car accident and refused to take a breathalyser test for alcohol in North Salem, New YorkNew York State Police/Reuters
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William Jonathan Drayton Jr, aka Flavor Flav, is pictured in three booking photos: On 29 April 2011 he was arrested in Las Vegas after police determined there were several warrants for him, including driving without proof of insurance and driving without a licence, during a routine stop for a traffic violation; he was arrested again on 17 October 2012 and charged with Battery Domestic Violence and Assault with a Deadly Weapon after reports of a domestic argument with his fiancee and threats to attack her teenage son with a knife; he was arrested once again on 21 May 2015 on charges including DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of an open container of alcohol, speeding, driving with a suspended licence and registration when he was stopped by police near McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas while allegedly driving 73mph in a 45mph zoneLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Nevada Highway Patrol via Getty Images
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24 November 2003: Country singer Glen Campbell was booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, Arizona, on suspicion of drunken driving and aggravated assault after he crashed into another vehicle. He was also booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer for allegedly kneeing a sergeant in the thigh while at the stationMaricopa County Sheriff's Department/Reuters
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21 August 2013: David Cassidy, 63, was arrested and charged with felony drunken driving in Schodack, New YorkSchodack Police Department/Reuters
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Mel Gibson is pictured on July 28, 2006 (left) after he was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Infuence (DUI) in Malibu, California; and on March 17, 2011 on charges of battery (he pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 16 hours of community service and 52 weeks of counselling)REUTERS/Los Angeles County Sheriff Department/El Segundo Police Department
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4 June 2010: Chace Crawford, star of the television drama series Gossip Girl, was arrested by the Plano, Texas Police Department on charges of possession of marijuanaPlano Police Department/Reuters
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16 March 2015: Emile Hirsch is seen in a police booking photo in Park City, Utah. He was facing charges of aggravated assault and intoxication after he allegedly choked Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld at a nightclub on 25 January during the Sundance Film FestivalSummit County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images
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20 September 2012: Singer Fiona Apple is seen in this police booking photo from the Hudspeth County Sheriff Department after being arrested in Texas when border patrol authorities allegedly found hashish and marijuana on her tour busHudspeth County Sheriff Department//Reuters
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9 June 2011: Flo Rida poses for a booking photo after being arrested on charges of DUI and driving on a suspended licence in Miami Beach, FloridaMiami Beach Police Department via Getty Images
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21 October 2007: Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, was arrested following an altercation at a Waffle House in Dekalb County, GeorgiaDekalb Sheriff's Office/Reuters
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Country singer Randy Travis is seen on 6 February 2012 after being arrested in Sanger, Texas for public intoxication; and on 8 August 2012 after being arrested by Grayson County Texas Sheriff's office for drunk drivingDenton County Sheriff's OfficeGrayson County Texas Sheriff's office via Getty Images/Reuters
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23 December 2011: Tyler the Creator, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism following a show at a nightclub on the Sunset Strip in LALos Angeles County Sheriffs Department//Reuters
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25 June 2015: Rapper Rick Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts, is shown in this police booking photo after he and his bodyguard were arrested at his home near Atlanta on charges they kidnapped a man, beat him and threatened him with a handgun earlierFayette County Sheriff's Office/Reuters
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Hip hop mogul Marion Hugh Knight also known as "Suge" Knight, is seen in three booking photos. He was arrested on 27 August 2008 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription. after a domestic violence call involving his girlfriend; he was arrested again on 8 February 2012 in Las Vegas for possession of marijuana and traffic violations; and again on 28 October 2014 on suspicion of stealing a camera from a celebrity photographer in Beverly Hills. In February 2015, he was charged with murder and attempted murder following a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, California. He remains in jail after bail was set at $10 millionReuters