Celebrities whose court appearance told a different story

Bill Cosby's recent court appearance where he looked like a frail old man with a cane, wearing a grandpa jumper, isn't the first time a celebrity has manipulated their image for the court.

Supported as he walked in by his two attorneys, Cosby's appearance has been labelled a masterclass in manipulation.

But he's not the first, and nor will he be the last to take this approach in court.

Here are five other celebrities whose court appearance told a different story:

Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks leaves the High Court after giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Photo / Getty Images
Rebekah Brooks leaves the High Court after giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Photo / Getty Images

The former tabloid editor turned up for her appearance during the Leveson inquiry looking as innocent as ever.

Her white Peter Pan collar was seen as an attempt to mend her public reputation after previously having been seen predominantly in work suits.

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder listens to arguments during the sentencing phase of her shoplifting trial. Photo / Getty Images
Winona Ryder listens to arguments during the sentencing phase of her shoplifting trial. Photo / Getty Images

In a similar style to Brooks, Winona Ryder appeared as a more doe-eyed version of herself, wearing a black-collared coat and headband during her court appearance for shop lifting.

Her appearance didn't sway the jury, however, and she was found guilty of grand theft and vandalism for stealing goods worth US$5500 from an exclusive store in Beverly Hills.

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson arrives at Isleworth Crown Court. Photo / Getty Images
Nigella Lawson arrives at Isleworth Crown Court. Photo / Getty Images

The celebrity chef left her trademark curvaceous dresses at home as she appeared in court during the trial of her former assistants.

Wearing a long black coat, black knee-high boots, with a flash of white coming from the collar of her shirt, Lawson looked like she understood the importance of appearance.

Chris Cairns

Chris Cairns arrives at Southward Crown Court in London. Photo / Chris Gorman
Chris Cairns arrives at Southward Crown Court in London. Photo / Chris Gorman

Usually seen on the cricket pitch or out and about with his curly mop of hair hanging around his ears, Chris Cairns appeared suited and booted as he appeared in London's Southward Court on trial for perjury.

With his hair cropped short, impeccably dressed in suits with a bag slung over his shoulder, Cairns maintained his well-dressed appearance for the entire duration of the lengthy trial.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown appears in court on assault charges. Photo / Getty Images
Chris Brown appears in court on assault charges. Photo / Getty Images

Troubled singer Chris Brown appeared every bit the sorry man when he appeared on assault charges in 2009.

Dressed in a grey suit and tie with a white pocket square, it was a far cry from the images usually seen splashed through the media.

- nzherald.co.nz

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