EntertainmentPeaky Blinders star Paul Anderson busted for drugs: Shocking saga in actor's real-life drama

Peaky Blinders star Paul Anderson busted for drugs: Shocking saga in actor's real-life drama

Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby in "Peaky Blinders"
Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby in "Peaky Blinders"
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11:42 AM EST, January 30, 2024, updated: 4:38 AM EST, March 7, 2024

According to British media reports, Anderson found himself in hot water for drug possession on December 26. The 48-year-old was caught with crack cocaine, amphetamines, and two potent prescription sedatives on his person. Anderson acknowledged culpability for four charges, leading to a fine of roughly £1345 or approximately $1,779.

The prosecutor, Kevin Kendridge, revealed that Anderson was apprehended with the substance on December 26, 2023. The Daily Mail reported that the incident occurred in a pub near the actor's London home. The establishment's manager called in the police after noticing a potent smell of crack emanating from the disabled toilet following Anderson's exit.

When authorities arrived, Anderson was reportedly in the company of a young man and a 17-month-old child.

"Paul Anderson Possessed Drugs but Didn't Use Them"

The actor's attorney argued that Anderson "is often recognized and tries to cater to his fans by embracing his character." According to this line of defense, Anderson, who portrays Arthur Shelby, didn't use crack in the restroom but "found himself in an unfortunate situation and lacked the courage to disapprove" of such conduct in his vicinity verbally.

Following the conclusion of "Peaky Blinders" in 2022, Paul Anderson participated in the film "Leap into the Skies," which recently premiered on Netflix.

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